So our builder mainly uses PlyGem vinyl windows. He said they are cost and energy-efficient, and most people get them in either white or clay (which is kinda greige). “Great” I thought….then I went to do my own research. Because I like to know things. I’m a research girl. And Adam is a research guy. And together, we research things. So off we went to find windows for our house.
I now know way more about windows than I should (and I for sure know more than some of the salespeople I talked to). Seriously, ask me a question. Do you want to low about U-factors? How about the difference between rolled and extruded aluminum? What are the shortcomings of vinyl? What’s the difference between Ultrex and Fibrex? Would you like to know about low E glass? Because I can tell you all about it.
Obviously Adam and I want windows that are energy-efficient, but we also want windows that are pretty. In a world of white vinyl windows, when you come across a beautiful window, you notice.
If I could have chosen any window, I wanted a window that was black extruded aluminum on the outside and wood on the inside. I really didn’t care what the color was on the inside, I could have gone with natural wood, or something that was painted black or white. What I had noticed, during my many long nights with Houzz, that 90% of the houses I saved had black exterior windows. (some of these are hard to see, but trust me, they’re black.)