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5 keys to keep in mind when choosing the Egress Window for your home 2023

5 keys to keep in mind when choosing the Egress Window for your home 2022

5 keys to keep in mind when choosing the Egress Window for your home 2023

Egress windowWhat Is an Egress Window? An egress window looks just like a regular large window, but opens fully to allow a building’s inhabitants to escape in the event of an emergency, such as a house fire. Egress windows are required in all finished basements before they can be legally converted into a living space.

Egress Window are a key element of our home; on the one hand, they allow us to be in a relationship with the outside, enjoy the surroundings, fill our spaces with light, but at the same time, they must protect us from inclement weather and not be a drain through it that we lose the heat of our home in winter or the coolness in summer. 

That is why we must pay special attention when changing the Egress Windowof our home or choosing them in the case of new construction. For this, it is best to trust our architect and follow his instructions. Here are some keys when choosing and configuring good Egress Window for your home.

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THE MATERIAL PVC, ALUMINUM, OR WOOD?

These are the 3 materials we can choose for our Egress Windows. Today the use of PVC is very widespread since it is cheaper and among its properties is that it is not a good conductor of temperature; that is, PVC insulates well. However, there are equivalent solutions in aluminum (always with a thermal bridge break) and even in wood.

The main difference between some aluminum Egress Window and others made of PVC is that, in the former, we can have a thinner profile; however, in PVC, the profiles (the window frame) are usually thicker, which will leave less space with glass. On the other hand, if we are talking about very large Egress Window, we may be forced to choose aluminum as it is stronger than PVC and can support the larger and heavier glass.

Wood is possibly the most expensive option from an economic point of view, but it also performs very well. Remember that wood is a non-conductive material by nature and a good thermal and acoustic insulator. 

Suppose we have some old wooden Egress Windows in the house. In that case, we may be interested in changing the glass, restoring them, and conserving the frame, all of this as long as the fittings and the entire closing system work properly (they must remain watertight and airtight). ).

We can also find windows that combine aluminum (on the outside) and wood (on the inside). We must not forget that wooden Egress Window require more intensive maintenance (protective varnishes and other treatments) than PVC or aluminum.

TYPE OF OPENING

The type of window opening is also important if we want to optimize well-being and the energy consumed in our home. As a general rule, we must know that the Egress Windows with hinged closing are more airtight than the sliding ones. 

On some occasions, in enclosures that give access to a terrace or an outside garden, we may be interested in a sliding door solution for aesthetic reasons; a good option for these cases are lift-up or tilt-and-slide sliding doors, which have a more airtight seal than the standard ones, although they also have a higher cost.

As we have already said, if we are looking for good thermal-acoustic insulation, it is best to avoid sliding Egress Windows and place swing, tilt-and-turn, or even pivoting Egress Windows.

WITH SHUTTER OR WITHOUT SHUTTER

The blind is something typical of the Mediterranean culture, especially in Spain. Without a doubt, it is the best system to guarantee total shading or darkening of the interior of a room. In short, they are a good system to regulate the amount of light that enters our home. In recent years they have also established themselves as a good anti-theft system thanks to security shutters, which are better and more aesthetic than traditional bars.

Whether or not to put blinds on the Egress Windows will depend above all on our customs and the use that we will give each room. For example, a blind is not completely necessary in a living room. We must also consider that a poorly placed, poorly sealed, or poorly executed shutter can cause thermal bridges, air leaks, or acoustic bridges. It is useless to put some very good windows if they are accompanied by poor quality or badly placed blind system.

If we want to place a shutter on the Egress Window, it is best to choose a compact solution in which the shutter and Egress Window are a single piece, which guarantees the optimal operation of the whole from a thermal and acoustic point of view. The shutter box must incorporate thermal insulation and have a watertight closure ideally; they should also be motorized since the manual closure with tape is another weak point and can be a drain of cold, heat, or noise.

Another option is to separate the blinds from the Egress Window. In this case, the shutters are usually hidden in the facade itself; an architect will design a good construction detail so that the room that houses the shutter roll does not have thermal or acoustic bridges. This solution has the advantage that the shutter box can be completely concealed inside the façade wall.

THE TYPE OF GLASS

Glass is another essential and critical component in a Egress Window. Today, we all know that the glasses should be double and separated by an air chamber. In Central Europe, where the climate is not as good as in Spain, it is not uncommon to find triple glass windows, even more, insulating than double glass.

If we want our window to work optimally, we must know that, at a minimum, we will need double glass. In the chamber formed between the two glasses, we can introduce a noble gas (such as Argon) that will make the Egress Windowinsulate even better since they are less conductive gases than standard composition air. In addition, we can go further and request that the part that separates the two glasses, called an interlayer or spacer, instead of being metallic, be made of PVC (we will further reduce the transmittance of the glass). Of course, if we add a third glass, we will reach the most demanding standards in terms of the quality of the Egress Window.

But the orientation is also important; the glasses must have different treatments depending on where they are facing. North and south-facing Egress Window must have a high solar factor (>50%) glass. However, the east and west orientations must be equipped with solar control glass. In general, it is recommended that all glasses are also low-emission. Finally, suppose the Egress Window face a very noisy street. In that case, we can equip the glass with an acoustic sheet or, at least, equip the window with two glasses of different thicknesses, so their vibration frequency will be different and isolate better from the noise.

PASSIVE SYSTEMS

Sometimes no matter how much equipment we incorporate in the Egress Window, it is not enough to achieve good well-being conditions inside. That is why we must always consider incorporating passive systems according to the orientation of each Egress Window. It is best to consult the recommendations of an architect to know how to place and design eaves, awnings, pergolas, or other systems in the most appropriate way.

As the last recommendation, we must be aware that a good Egress Window with the best glass is useless if not properly installed. As a general rule, the Egress Window must be installed flush with the thermal insulation of the façade, and great care must be taken of its perimeter so that it is not a source of leaks or general thermal bridges. The installation is a very important point that must be taken care of to the millimeter; if we have entrusted a project to an architect, whether reform or new construction, he will elaborate a construction detail that guarantees a correct installation.

Types of windows according to the type of profile

The grid is the material from which the window frames and leaves are made. Each material has a series of characteristics and properties that translate into specific benefits for users.

Therefore, it is very important to correctly choose the type of profile that best suits our needs.

wooden windows

Wooden windows are the most traditional option. Wood is a good natural insulator, and aesthetically they are very attractive. In addition, it allows being worked with relative ease, giving rise to true works of craftsmanship.

However, it also has its drawbacks.

It is the most expensive material, both in cost and maintenance. Wood absorbs moisture, which can cause it to swell, crack and warp, plus it is further affected by pollution and exposure to changes in temperature and sunlight.

This affects its thermal and acoustic insulation properties. In addition, despite being a natural material, the production of wooden windows causes the felling of numerous extensions of forests and the consequent impact on the environment.

aluminum windows

Aluminum windows are offered in various colors and finishes, foliated or lacquered.

However, aluminum is a good conductor of energy as a metal, so its insulating properties and energy efficiency are lower than other materials. In addition, this fact adds to the need to screw the corners as it is impossible to weld them hermetically, with the consequent entry of air and noise.

To counteract this, high-end aluminum windows are currently designed with a Thermal Bridge Break: a plastic partition placed in the central area of ​​the profiles to reduce the entry of cold and loss of color.

Another of its strong points is the wide range of profiles and accessories and the ease with which it can be worked, although at the cost of a higher price.

And finally, aluminum is a very light and resistant metal, but it tends to generate condensation and scratches, exposing it to oxidation and corrosion.

PVC windows

More than 30 years ago, it began to take its first steps in Europe due to its greater insulation and efficiency properties.

PVC, a resin composed of 57% common salt, was the last material to be added to this list. Today, it is the present and the future of windows.

PVC windows are characterized by their excellent thermal and acoustic insulation. In addition to the PVC itself, they are designed and extruded with several internal air chambers, adding in the case of Ecoven plus windows a reinforcement of galvanized steel in all profiles.

It is a highly durable material with a very low maintenance cost; all you need is soap and water. It is immune to contamination and very resistant to condensation and inclement weather. The color remains stable over time. Thanks to new foliated technologies, they can be produced in a wide range of colors, wood, and metallic finishes, smooth and textured. The new Spectral ultra-matt finish is a great revolution for the aesthetic possibilities of windows.

Another of its great advantages is its ability to be 100% recycled and its lower environmental impact in the manufacturing process. According to a Polytechnic University of Catalonia study, PVC windows are 45% more efficient than aluminum ones and 15% more than wood in reducing CO 2 emissions into the atmosphere.

SEE ALSO: Comparison of PVC, aluminum, and wood windows

Types of windows according to the glazing

The glazing of a window is a fundamental element since it represents most of its surface. Although it is still possible to create windows with a single glass, Ecoven plus windows are designed to support double or triple glazing, with air chambers that generate greater insulation and reduce energy loss.

In addition, there are crystals specifically designed to reinforce the main benefits of windows.

Low emissive glass windows

Low -E glazing is designed to make it difficult for heat and cold to escape from the interior to the exterior, managing to maintain the temperature of the home with great energy savings and, therefore, a clear reduction in heating and cooling costs.

Solar controlled glass windows.

These glasses can filter solar radiation. They let in almost all the light but minimize the heat that enters from the outside, making them especially useful in areas with high levels of sunshine and high temperatures.

Acoustic glass windows

In noisy places, poorly insulated windows are one of the main causes of loss of comfort in the home. To avoid this, acoustic glass, laminated with special butyral, can reduce noise input into a building without sacrificing thermal insulation or safety.

With the right combination, you can achieve an attenuation of up to 48 decibels, equivalent to going from the noise of an airplane turbine to the normal sound of an office.

Safety glass windows

Safety glazing comprises two or more pieces of glass joined together by a plastic sheet, which makes them stick together and not come off in the event of breakage.

Various levels of security can be achieved: physical protection, anti-theft, against firearms, against explosions…

Types of windows according to the type of opening

Many aspects determine the best opening for the windows of a home. Interior space, exterior space, light needs, the need to allow passage between spaces…

Each house, each project, each need is unique, and that is why each particular case must be studied.

fixed windows

Fixed windows are those that only consist of a glass frame. That is, they do not allow their opening, only the passage of light and energy, to a greater or lesser extent.

These windows are usually joined and form part of the same set with a mobile window or a door on many occasions.

Hinged, folding, or practicable windows

A casement window allows the opening of one or two leaves that rotate on the side frames, to which hinges join them. We could say that it is the most traditional window.

Swing, tilt, or project windows

A swing window is very similar to a casement window, with the difference that the sashes do not rotate on the side frames but on the lower frame (tilt window, which opens from above) or on the upper frame (awning window, which opens from above). Open-bottom).

tilt-and-turn windows

Most modern windows are tilt-and-turn windows, which combine the two previous ones: a window whose leaves open by turning on the side frames and have a third handle position -usually upwards- that allows turning on the side. The lower frame leaves the sash open at the top, allowing good ventilation.

The hardware plays a fundamental role in these windows since it is subjected to greater effort and weight. For this reason, the Ecoven plus windows are equipped with the Winkhaus activPilot perimeter fitting.

Sliding or sliding windows

We usually think of ” sliding window ” and “sliding window” as synonyms.

This is not entirely accurate since, although in the past, sliding windows were practically the only type of sliding window that existed, today we have several systems that allow a window to open by sliding one of its leaves.

Each of these systems is tailored to a specific need, although they all share their special indication for places where the interior space is very small and large window openings are needed.

  • Sliding window: the leaves slide on one or several guide rails, installed on a frame or a base (at ground level). With a unique pocket closing system, it is also possible for all of them to be inserted inside the wall, allowing the hole’s total opening. On the other hand, in general, its level of tightness is lower than that of other systems.
  • Oscilloparallel window: it is a system that combines two leaves, one tilt-and-turn and another that slides in parallel on guides towards the interior when opening and closes on the same plane. This closure is also perimeter, so it offers greater sealing and security.
  • The lift-up window achieves the highest levels of insulation and efficiency thanks to its powerful hardware, which supports the entire weight of the sash when it is opened and allows its perimeter and hermetic closure. These windows reach the largest dimensions and weights and, even so, the sash sliding is very smooth and comfortable.
  • Folding windows are characterized by folding the leaves with each other accordion-type, making possible the total opening of large openings.

pivot windows

A pivot window, or also revolving window or tilting window, is a system that allows the sash to rotate on an axis -normally horizontal- in the center of the frame.

It has three opening positions: an intermediate one, in which the sash remains open on a diagonal plane; a short one, in which the handle allows a small ventilation hole; and a complete one, in which the sash rotates until it is parallel to the window.

Types of windows according to shape

Although it may seem like a minor matter, the shape of the windows is very important when choosing one material or another depending on the design needs and the experience and training of each manufacturer and its professionals.

straight windows

Straight-shaped windows are the most common, especially in housing developments and blocks. Its greater ease of assembly favors the automation of processes, using the most advanced technology to minimize the risk of human manufacturing errors. However, it does not necessarily imply mass production.

At Even plus, each window is unique, personalized, and tailored, and we constantly invest in our production process. We are completing an ambitious expansion and modernization work that has allowed us to have more than 16,000 square meters for production and logistics, always to minimize delivery times and offer the best service to our customers.

curved windows

Curved windows are those in which one or all frames have been designed with a curved shape. Circular, semicircle-shaped, or arch-shaped in different styles (half-point, lowered…).

Depending on the material from which the profiles are made, making a curved window presents a different degree of difficulty.

Thus, while aluminum and wood are easier materials, PVC represents an enormous challenge. The majority of PVC window manufacturers cannot achieve this. Still, the Ecoven plus Special Solutions Team stands out for its capacity and experience, working almost by hand to create our customers’ solutions.

Drawer viewpoints

A special type of window is the bay window with a mitered shutter box, very common in different areas of our country.

As in the case of curved windows, not all manufacturers can make this joint since they require a degree of specialization and superior precision, with a team of experienced professionals and almost artisans, such as the Team mentioned above of Ecoven plus Special Solutions.

Types of windows according to efficiency, comfort, and savings 

As we are seeing, not all windows are the same. Even less in terms of its benefits and contribution to energy efficiency, comfort, and savings for its users.

We can establish a triple classification.

Passivhaus windows or high-efficiency windows

They represent the highest level. They are high-performance windows specifically designed to achieve the best performance in insulation and airtightness and comply with the demanding Passivhaus standard. These windows have frames and sheets of great width (82 mm) and very powerful glazing and their fittings to support the extra weight.

An important concept when talking about the efficiency of a window is its thermal transmittance, also called U-value. Without getting too technical, transmittance represents the rate at which the window lets heat and cold in and out.

The lower the transmittance, the greater the comfort.

For a window to be considered passivhaus, its transmittance must be U w ≤ 0.8 W/m 2 K . But this is somewhat misleading because the U w is the transmittance of the window as a whole, not that of the glazing ( Ug ), which is always lower, and therefore they are not comparable.

In addition, the transmittance also depends on the size of the window and the proportion of glass, so two Uw cannot be compared without having more data.

Our Even plus s82 window was the first PVC window to achieve the Passivhaus certificate in Spain.

efficient windows

In many cases, especially in reforms and rehabilitations, the windows must fulfill the function of substantially improving the insulation of the home, resulting in a very clear and direct way in comfort, savings, and quality of life.

Properly combining the different elements of the window -profile, hardware, and glazing-an an expert should be able to advise the best solution for each particular need.

In the case of aluminum windows, as we have said, to break the good conduction of the metal and increase its insulation, it is necessary to resort to profiles with Thermal Bridge Break (RPT) that incorporate a plastic element in their central area.

On a day-to-day basis, our Ecoven plus s70 window, with five chambers and a double gasket, is the most demanded solution.

It is the only PVC window that has earned the AENOR N quality certificate, which means that this external body verifies, controls, and guarantees its resistance and long durability. 

low-end windows

Of course, there are still low-end options on the market, such as enclosure solutions. Thin aluminum or wood windows with simple glass, PVC profiles of Asian origin… are very economical options, although, logically, the benefits are not the same.

Types of windows according to the finish 

A few years ago, each material conditioned the color of the window. PVC windows practically only could be sold in their characteristic white base color.

However, everything has changed thanks to folios, which give color and texture and shine to windows, with previously unthinkable aesthetic possibilities. This, together with the trend to stop hiding the windows behind thick curtains to give them a leading role in the style and decoration of the home, has led to a revolution in the sector. 

At Even plus, we can make windows with different finishes for the exterior and interior.

Something of vital importance in the case of buildings that requires maintaining a uniform aesthetic on the facade because we want our clients to have the possibility of enjoying maximum personalization, making their homes personal and unique spaces.

plain colored windows

PVC and aluminum windows are available in almost any shade, thanks to the foils. You can also opt for lacquer, although costs can increase significantly. 

Wood finish windows

In addition to wooden windows, PVC and aluminum windows can imitate wood-colored finishes. With a smooth or even textured finish, thanks to the quality of the current foliate coatings, PVC windows imitate wood very well.

metallic finish windows

In the same way, metallic finishes are no longer exclusive to aluminum windows but can be recreated in PVC with amazingly realistic results and in a wide range of shades.

Spectral Windows

Finally, Spectral is the latest and greatest revolution in the finish of VEKA PVC windows exclusively.

With Spectral, the PVC window becomes art, definitely becoming an element of enormous importance in the home’s aesthetics.

It is a special technology that combines foliated and lacquered to give the windows an ultra-matte appearance, unique silky touch, and greater durability and resistance to weathering, scratching, and abrasion.

Types of windows according to the type of profile

The grid is the material from which the window frames and leaves are made. Each material has a series of characteristics and properties that translate into specific benefits for users.

Therefore, it is very important to correctly choose the type of profile that best suits our needs.

wooden windows

Wooden windows are the most traditional option. Wood is a good natural insulator, and aesthetically they are very attractive. In addition, it allows being worked with relative ease, giving rise to true works of craftsmanship.

However, it also has its drawbacks.

It is the most expensive material, both in cost and maintenance. Wood absorbs moisture, which can cause it to swell, crack and warp, plus it is further affected by pollution and exposure to changes in temperature and sunlight.

This affects its thermal and acoustic insulation properties. In addition, despite being a natural material, the production of wooden windows causes the felling of numerous extensions of forests and the consequent impact on the environment.

aluminum windows

Aluminum windows are offered in various colors and finishes, foliated or lacquered.

However, aluminum is a good conductor of energy as a metal, so its insulating properties and energy efficiency are lower than other materials. In addition, this fact adds to the need to screw the corners as it is impossible to weld them hermetically, with the consequent entry of air and noise.

To counteract this, high-end aluminum windows are currently designed with a Thermal Bridge Break: a plastic partition placed in the central area of ​​the profiles to reduce the entry of cold and loss of color.

Another of its strong points is the wide range of profiles and accessories and the ease with which it can be worked, although at the cost of a higher price.

And finally, aluminum is a very light and resistant metal, but it tends to generate condensation and scratches, exposing it to oxidation and corrosion.

PVC windows

More than 30 years ago, it began to take its first steps in Europe due to its greater insulation and efficiency properties.

PVC, a resin composed of 57% common salt, was the last material to be added to this list. Today, it is the present and the future of windows.

PVC windows are characterized by their excellent thermal and acoustic insulation. In addition to the PVC itself, they are designed and extruded with several internal air chambers, adding in the case of Ecoven plus windows a reinforcement of galvanized steel in all profiles.

It is a highly durable material with a very low maintenance cost; all you need is soap and water. It is immune to contamination and very resistant to condensation and inclement weather. The color remains stable over time. Thanks to new foliated technologies, they can be produced in a wide range of colors, wood, and metallic finishes, smooth and textured. The new Spectral ultra-matt finish is a great revolution for the aesthetic possibilities of windows.

Another of its great advantages is its ability to be 100% recycled and its lower environmental impact in the manufacturing process. According to a Polytechnic University of Catalonia study, PVC windows are 45% more efficient than aluminum ones and 15% more than wood in reducing CO 2 emissions into the atmosphere.

SEE ALSO: Comparison of PVC, aluminum, and wood windows

Types of windows according to the glazing

The glazing of a window is a fundamental element since it represents most of its surface. Although it is still possible to create windows with a single glass, Ecoven plus windows are designed to support double or triple glazing, with air chambers that generate greater insulation and reduce energy loss.

In addition, there are crystals specifically designed to reinforce the main benefits of windows.

Low emissive glass windows

Low -E glazing is designed to make it difficult for heat and cold to escape from the interior to the exterior, managing to maintain the temperature of the home with great energy savings and, therefore, a clear reduction in heating and cooling costs.

Solar controlled glass windows.

These glasses can filter solar radiation. They let in almost all the light but minimize the heat that enters from the outside, making them especially useful in areas with high levels of sunshine and high temperatures.

Acoustic glass windows

In noisy places, poorly insulated windows are one of the main causes of loss of comfort in the home. To avoid this, acoustic glass, laminated with special butyral, can reduce noise input into a building without sacrificing thermal insulation or safety.

With the right combination, you can achieve an attenuation of up to 48 decibels, equivalent to going from the noise of an airplane turbine to the normal sound of an office.

Safety glass windows

Safety glazing comprises two or more pieces of glass joined together by a plastic sheet, which makes them stick together and not come off in the event of breakage.

Various levels of security can be achieved: physical protection, anti-theft, against firearms, against explosions…

Types of windows according to the type of opening

Many aspects determine the best opening for the windows of a home. Interior space, exterior space, light needs, the need to allow passage between spaces…

Each house, each project, each need is unique, and that is why each particular case must be studied.

fixed windows

Fixed windows are those that only consist of a glass frame. That is, they do not allow their opening, only the passage of light and energy, to a greater or lesser extent.

These windows are usually joined and form part of the same set with a mobile window or a door on many occasions.

Hinged, folding, or practicable windows

A casement window allows the opening of one or two leaves that rotate on the side frames, to which hinges join them. We could say that it is the most traditional window.

Swing, tilt, or project windows

A swing window is very similar to a casement window, with the difference that the sashes do not rotate on the side frames but on the lower frame (tilt window, which opens from above) or on the upper frame (awning window, which opens from above). Open-bottom).

tilt-and-turn windows

Most modern windows are tilt-and-turn windows, which combine the two previous ones: a window whose leaves open by turning on the side frames and have a third handle position -usually upwards- that allows turning on the side. The lower frame leaves the sash open at the top, allowing good ventilation.

The hardware plays a fundamental role in these windows since it is subjected to greater effort and weight. For this reason, the Ecoven plus windows are equipped with the Winkhaus activPilot perimeter fitting.

Sliding or sliding windows

We usually think of ” sliding window ” and “sliding window” as synonyms.

This is not entirely accurate since, although in the past, sliding windows were practically the only type of sliding window that existed, today we have several systems that allow a window to open by sliding one of its leaves.

Each of these systems is tailored to a specific need, although they all share their special indication for places where the interior space is very small and large window openings are needed.

  • Sliding window: the leaves slide on one or several guide rails, installed on a frame or a base (at ground level). With a unique pocket closing system, it is also possible for all of them to be inserted inside the wall, allowing the hole’s total opening. On the other hand, in general, its level of tightness is lower than that of other systems.
  • Oscilloparallel window: it is a system that combines two leaves, one tilt-and-turn and another that slides in parallel on guides towards the interior when opening and closes on the same plane. This closure is also perimeter, so it offers greater sealing and security.
  • The lift-up window achieves the highest levels of insulation and efficiency thanks to its powerful hardware, which supports the entire weight of the sash when it is opened and allows its perimeter and hermetic closure. These windows reach the largest dimensions and weights and, even so, the sash sliding is very smooth and comfortable.
  • Folding windows are characterized by folding the leaves with each other accordion-type, making possible the total opening of large openings.

pivot windows

A pivot window, or also revolving window or tilting window, is a system that allows the sash to rotate on an axis -normally horizontal- in the center of the frame.

It has three opening positions: an intermediate one, in which the sash remains open on a diagonal plane; a short one, in which the handle allows a small ventilation hole; and a complete one, in which the sash rotates until it is parallel to the window.

Types of windows according to shape

Although it may seem like a minor matter, the shape of the windows is very important when choosing one material or another depending on the design needs and the experience and training of each manufacturer and its professionals.

straight windows

Straight-shaped windows are the most common, especially in housing developments and blocks. Its greater ease of assembly favors the automation of processes, using the most advanced technology to minimize the risk of human manufacturing errors. However, it does not necessarily imply mass production.

At Even plus, each window is unique, personalized, and tailored, and we constantly invest in our production process. We are completing an ambitious expansion and modernization work that has allowed us to have more than 16,000 square meters for production and logistics, always to minimize delivery times and offer the best service to our customers.

curved windows

Curved windows are those in which one or all frames have been designed with a curved shape. Circular, semicircle-shaped, or arch-shaped in different styles (half-point, lowered…).

Depending on the material from which the profiles are made, making a curved window presents a different degree of difficulty.

Thus, while aluminum and wood are easier materials, PVC represents an enormous challenge. The majority of PVC window manufacturers cannot achieve this. Still, the Ecoven plus Special Solutions Team stands out for its capacity and experience, working almost by hand to create our customers’ solutions.

Drawer viewpoints

A special type of window is the bay window with a mitered shutter box, very common in different areas of our country.

As in the case of curved windows, not all manufacturers can make this joint since they require a degree of specialization and superior precision, with a team of experienced professionals and almost artisans, such as the Team mentioned above of Ecoven plus Special Solutions.

Types of windows according to efficiency, comfort, and savings 

As we are seeing, not all windows are the same. Even less in terms of its benefits and contribution to energy efficiency, comfort, and savings for its users.

We can establish a triple classification.

Passivhaus windows or high-efficiency windows

They represent the highest level. They are high-performance windows specifically designed to achieve the best performance in insulation and airtightness and comply with the demanding Passivhaus standard. These windows have frames and sheets of great width (82 mm) and very powerful glazing and their fittings to support the extra weight.

An important concept when talking about the efficiency of a window is its thermal transmittance, also called U-value. Without getting too technical, transmittance represents the rate at which the window lets heat and cold in and out.

The lower the transmittance, the greater the comfort.

For a window to be considered passivhaus, its transmittance must be U w ≤ 0.8 W/m 2 K . But this is somewhat misleading because the U w is the transmittance of the window as a whole, not that of the glazing ( Ug ), which is always lower, and therefore they are not comparable.

In addition, the transmittance also depends on the size of the window and the proportion of glass, so two Uw cannot be compared without having more data.

Our Even plus s82 window was the first PVC window to achieve the Passivhaus certificate in Spain.

efficient windows

In many cases, especially in reforms and rehabilitations, the windows must fulfill the function of substantially improving the insulation of the home, resulting in a very clear and direct way in comfort, savings, and quality of life.

Properly combining the different elements of the window -profile, hardware, and glazing-an an expert should be able to advise the best solution for each particular need.

In the case of aluminum windows, as we have said, to break the good conduction of the metal and increase its insulation, it is necessary to resort to profiles with Thermal Bridge Break (RPT) that incorporate a plastic element in their central area.

On a day-to-day basis, our Ecoven plus s70 window, with five chambers and a double gasket, is the most demanded solution.

It is the only PVC window that has earned the AENOR N quality certificate, which means that this external body verifies, controls, and guarantees its resistance and long durability. 

low-end windows

Of course, there are still low-end options on the market, such as enclosure solutions. Thin aluminum or wood windows with simple glass, PVC profiles of Asian origin… are very economical options, although, logically, the benefits are not the same.

Types of windows according to the finish 

A few years ago, each material conditioned the color of the window. PVC windows practically only could be sold in their characteristic white base color.

However, everything has changed thanks to folios, which give color and texture and shine to windows, with previously unthinkable aesthetic possibilities. This, together with the trend to stop hiding the windows behind thick curtains to give them a leading role in the style and decoration of the home, has led to a revolution in the sector. 

At Even plus, we can make windows with different finishes for the exterior and interior.

Something of vital importance in the case of buildings that requires maintaining a uniform aesthetic on the facade because we want our clients to have the possibility of enjoying maximum personalization, making their homes personal and unique spaces.

plain colored windows

PVC and aluminum windows are available in almost any shade, thanks to the foils. You can also opt for lacquer, although costs can increase significantly. 

Wood finish windows

In addition to wooden windows, PVC and aluminum windows can imitate wood-colored finishes. With a smooth or even textured finish, thanks to the quality of the current foliate coatings, PVC windows imitate wood very well.

metallic finish windows

In the same way, metallic finishes are no longer exclusive to aluminum windows but can be recreated in PVC with amazingly realistic results and in a wide range of shades.

Spectral Windows

Finally, Spectral is the latest and greatest revolution in the finish of VEKA PVC windows exclusively.

With Spectral, the PVC window becomes art, definitely becoming an element of enormous importance in the home’s aesthetics.

It is a special technology that combines foliated and lacquered to give the windows an ultra-matte appearance, unique silky touch, and greater durability and resistance to weathering, scratching, and abrasion.

Is it worth putting in an egress window?

Are Egress Windows Worth it? An egress window is a great way to make your home safe and comfortable and an excellent way to add instant value to your home. It is a fairly affordable project and one of the few that will fully recoup your costs in resale value.

What is the smallest egress window allowed?

Egress Windows : Everything You Need to Know

  • No dimension less than of 15″ (width and height) and must have a total opening area of 3.77 square feet (0.35 m2) minimum. …
  • Must open from the inside without tools and without special knowledge in case of emergency.
  • The window cannot be higher than 1.5 m above the floor.

Does a skylight count as egress?

VELUX’s venting skylights only open a few inches, just enough to let fresh air flow through your home. A few of VELUX roof windows, on the other hand, open wide enough to qualify as egress windows under most residential building codes.

Can an egress window be under a deck?

A: Egress Window Wells are allowed to be installed under decks and porches provided the location of the deck allows the emergency escape window to be fully opened and provides a path not less than 36 inches (914 mm) in height to a yard or court.

Dimensions:What size egress window do I need?

Everything You Need to Know about Egress Window Requirements

  • Minimum width of opening: 20 in.
  • Minimum height of opening: 24 in.
  • Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 sq. ft. for ground floor)
  • Maximum sill height above floor: 44 in.

Type:What are the different types of egress windows?

Types of Egress Windows

  • Basement egress windows with a well. Most homes in the US have the window well surrounding the basement window. …
  • Skylight egress window. …
  • Single-hung egress window. …
  • Double-hung egress window. …
  • Casement egress windows. …
  • Awning egress window.

Price:How much does an egress window cost?

The national average for installed egress window cost is $2,350 to $4,100 for a basement egress window that includes excavation, the rough opening, window and window well. When the window is above grade, cost ranges from $750 to $1,500 because excavation and a window well are not needed.

Height:How far off the ground should an egress window be?

For determining egress window sizes and placement, the International Building Code holds that every bedroom must contain at least one egress window. It must be at least 5.7 square feet, that is at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches high, with an opening no higher than 44 inches from the floor.

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