specialty windows

Specialty Windows

Choosing the right windows for your home or office is extremely important. Aside from being a reflection of your style, it can also improve the overall appeal of your San Diego home or office, increase its market value and provide significant savings on electricity consumption through improved energy efficiency. With so many options on the market today, making the right choice can be difficult. There are various factors to take into consideration. For example, are you building your dream home or looking to replace your old windows? Are you looking to increase natural light in your home or office or improve thermal characteristics? Do you need easy cleaning and maintenance? Is your primary concern blocking the elements or reducing outside noise? Do you have a very specific idea in mind that requires an unconventional solution? Are you looking for special windows with a special purpose in mind? At US Window & Door, we have a solution that fits your needs, no matter what your priorities are.

From circles and arches, to bays and bows, specialty windows come in unique shapes and operating styles, offering different usage scenarios and presenting a fantastic way to add beauty and character to your home or office. They can be combined with standard windows or featured alone, providing an extraordinary visual statement. Here’s a short overview of the specialty window types and characteristics we offer at US Window & Door. This should help you gain a better understanding of what’s available and what your options are. There’s also a chance you’ll find a specialty window type you didn’t even know about or find a new use for a specific type of window in your San Diego home or office.

Radius Windows

Offering a stylish combination of interesting forms and traditional functionality, radius windows are ideal for front-facing windows. Providing charm and style, radius windows will enhance the design of your San Diego home along with allowing more natural light.

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A true classic that’s been around for centuries and never goes out of style, radius and arch windows introduce a certain softness to a room and offer a pleasant contrast to the straight corners of rectangular windows. They can be operable to provide ventilation or fixed to only let in light. A popular way of enhancing the design of radius windows is by adding grids. They are bars that split up the window glass into smaller panes for improved aesthetics and they’re available in exterior and interior options. This improves the simulation of real divided lights while internal grids facilitate glass cleaning.

Extremely versatile, radius windows can be combined with the windows you already have. Whether you’re looking to add a little flair to your San Diego home or create stunning, dramatic effects, these windows are a simple, stylish, tried and true way to get it done. A radius window usually has a traditional rectangular bottom half while the top portion is an arch or a half-circle. However, there’s an infinite number of possible combinations you can choose from, as these windows are built to your specifications so you can let your imagination run wild.

We offer high-quality  radius and arch windows manufactured by Milgard in several different product lines. Tuscany Series offers premium vinyl radius windows with an elegant design and unlimited possibilities. Trinsic Series windows are modern vinyl windows with a narrow frame, featuring low profile hardware for an expansive viewable area and modern design. Style Line Series provides vinyl frames with clean lines to refresh and renew your space along with a Positive Action lock. Essence Series offers a wood interior combined with a fiberglass exterior for a sophisticated mix of beauty and performance. Ultra Series windows made from resilient fiberglass offer maximum durability. Finally, Aluminum Series offers frames from thermally improved aluminum for increased energy efficiency.

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Bay & Bow Windows

Bay windows are a group of windows of varying widths that are connected and extended outward from a wall at desired angles. This provides additional available space in the room and makes the area ideal for a cozy nook or a window seat. It’s also a great way to maximize the view, increase ventilation and get more natural light.

These features can make bay windows the focal point of any room. If you’re looking to add a dash of style to your San Diego home, bay windows might be the ideal choice.

Just like the bay windows, bow windows are usually made of four or more windows joined at equal angles to provide a more even curve. Bow windows make a fantastic addition to any living room or master bedroom by focusing on the view and dividing it into different planes. On top of that, bow windows add ventilation to the room along with bringing in more natural light into a room and giving it a feeling of spaciousness. Any window panel can have a distinct operating style, along with numerous combinations of styles, colors, glass types and grids for truly endless possibilities.

Bay & Bow windows made by Milgard are available in several product lines. Tuscany Series carries top of the line, premium vinyl windows with Milgard’s signature formula for superior results and a SmartTouch® Lock for easy operation. Ultra Series offers stunning, high-performance fiberglass windows that are durable, secure and easy to operate. Aluminum Series windows offer superior insulation and energy efficiency along with a timeless look for your home with narrow sightlines for expansive views.

Jalousie Windows

“Jalousie” is the French word for jealousy. Thanks to the slatted louvers, jalousie windows protect the interior of your home from jealous eyes as well as the elements. A popular choice in temperate, warm and humid climates, these windows maximize natural ventilation by allowing airflow through the entire area of the window. Jalousie windows were an extremely popular choice for a wide variety of homes regardless of the climate until the 1960s when air conditioning became widespread. Still, they’re very common in Florida, Hawaii and Southern California as their greatest advantage is maintaining ventilation in a storm or during windy days.

Thanks to advanced manufacturing processes and designs, modern jalousie windows provide increased security and an airtight seal when closed, along with non-corrosive hardware. Attractive, stylish, and functional, jalousie windows are ideal for home and office applications, larger window units and coastal locations with strong winds. The slants cause rain to roll off and block direct sunlight while air and natural light can enter the room. Jalousie windows are a great way to beautify a veranda, porch or a bathroom, while the increased ventilation reduces the cost of cooling and heating.

A perfect choice for porches and sunrooms, as well as regions with mild winters, Milgard’s impact-resistant jalousie windows, offer multiple variations with attractive glass or cedar slats for increased privacy. The parallel louvers are easy to open and fit tight when closed. Jalousie windows can be used side by side for a wall of windows or combined with picture windows to frame a view with ventilation. Made from Milgard’s very own vinyl formula along with SunCoat® Low-E or SunCoatMAX® glass, these windows provide additional protection from the elements and fantastic energy efficiency.

Garden Windows

Garden windows extend outwards from the wall with an interior shelf for flowers, herbs or anything else you may want to display. If you’re looking to add some light to your kitchen, create a healthy in-home area for your plants and flowers or grow your own organic herbs throughout the year regardless of weather, garden windows are an ideal choice for you. The unique angled design with side panels ensures your plants are kept safe from the elements while still getting the most sunlight possible, effectively making garden windows a mini-greenhouse. The side panels can also be opened to allow extra ventilation.

With a wide variety of custom shapes and sizes, garden windows are an attractive design element that provides additional appeal and value to any home. Thanks to their versatility, they can be used in an unlimited number of combinations and improve the look and feel of any space. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to refresh your living areas and show off your plants, flowers, books, figurine collections or anything else you like, garden windows present a fantastic option for providing a warm, open, inviting atmosphere for your San Diego home.

Milgard offers garden windows with a variety of combinations to choose from. Different materials, dimensions, colors, grids, and security options ensure you will find a window that perfectly suits your needs. Additionally, you can pick from several energy-efficient variations to ensure maximum protection for the items or plants you display in your garden windows, as well as your furniture from damaging solar radiation, heat, and cold.

Energy Efficiency and Savings

If you’re building your dream home or remodeling, the choice of windows can add multiple benefits to your home or office. New windows can improve the look and feel of your San Diego home or office, boost the “curb appeal” as well as increase property value. However, the most important benefit of choosing Milgard and US Window & Door for your next project is the increased energy efficiency we provide. Since our environment is constantly changing, the demand for sustainable housing has been on the rise in recent years. Using windows that are well insulated and built with energy-efficient glass and coating provides significant savings in the long run by reducing the costs of heating and cooling. This makes your property more sustainable and environmentally friendly. As “going green” is becoming more and more important, California provides state-level programs that offer a tax credit for improving the energy efficiency of your property.

Choose the Best

Milgard stands behind the quality of their products. Their Full Lifetime Warranty is unmatched in the industry, as they guarantee  repair or replacement of any defect in material, as well as cover the cost of all parts and labor as long as the homeowner is the product buyer. Milgard also provides glass breakage coverage for certain product lines. In other words, as long as you’re the homeowner, your Milgard products are covered, including parts and labor. Even if you decide to sell your home, the full warranty coverage extends to the new owner for ten years from the effective date of the original warranty, absolutely free of charge. These benefits provide a peace of mind for you and eliminate any possible concerns you may have over replacements or repairs in the future.

US Window & Door is a reliable, insured, independent family business. We’re one of the oldest exclusive window and door replacement companies in Southern California. When it comes to window installation and replacement, we’ve been honing our skills for over three decades. We take pride in our work, as excellence and customer service are our main focus. We only work with the best materials and the highest quality products on the market, while adhering to all industry standards. That’s the only way to be sure our products will last for decades to come. Our team is fully licensed, so we promise a smooth purchase and an installation process that has been refined over 30 years. On top of that, you get the assistance of an AMMA-certified installed that doesn’t rely on the work of subcontractors to get the job done.

Contact us at any time if you have questions, feel free to request an online quote to get started, or call for a free in-home evaluation and estimate for your project.