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How to Choose a Window Manufacturer

Choosing the right window manufacturer is just as important as choosing which windows to install in your home. After all, the manufacturer you choose determines window quality, durability, efficiency and the overall satisfaction with your selection.

Use these tips to ensure you only work with a manufacturer that deserves your business.

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Best Windows for Spanish Style Homes

Spanish style homes first arrived in the US in the early 1900s. They were primarily built in south and southwestern states, where the style remains popular today. An eclectic mix of architectural details from many eras of traditional Spanish and Mexican homes make today’s American interpretation quite unique.

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Best Windows for Tudor Style Homes

American Tudor style homes are a combination of various early English homebuilding traditions, meaning they range in size and scope from simple folk dwellings to medieval-looking palaces. They were built primarily between 1890 and 1940 by European-trained architects for wealthy American homeowners.
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Product Guide to Contemporary Windows

If you live in a home with modern architecture, finding the right windows to match the contemporary aesthetics can be challenging. Fortunately, Weather Shield offers a new Contemporary Collection of windows and doors to eliminate compromises. With this line of high quality windows you can choose a window with as much character and flair as your home.

Learn more about selecting modern style windows for your home below or browse our Contemporary Collection online »

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Window Trends in the Northeast

The Northeastern US is the oldest region in the country. With Ellis Island acting as the country’s front door to immigrants, the region has seen tremendous variety in style and influence from other parts of the world. Everything from Greek Revival to Stick to Colonial style have had their heyday in this region.

Whether you have a historically accurate home or not, you may wish to choose replacement windows that reflect one style or another. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right windows for your Northeastern home.
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Recent Project: Sears Building & the 624lofts

Location: Shreveport, LA

Owner/Developer: Tipitina’s Foundation / Roland von Kurnatwoski

Weather Shield Products Used: Premium Series double hung and casements with Zo-e Shield 5

Weather Shield Team: Jack Redden, commercial specialist

Weather Shield Dealer: Allen Millwork in Shreveport, LA

Architect: Rick Fifield, AIA, Rick Fifield Architect, New Orleans

General Contractor: Fountainbleau Construction, LLC 
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Recent Project: Knoch Knolls Nature Center

Location: Naperville, IL

Owner: Naperville Park District

Weather Shield Products Used: Signature Series direct sets, awnings and custom triangle-shaped windows

Weather Shield Team: Les Mathson, commercial specialist

Weather Shield Dealer: Creative Millwork in St. Charles, IL

Architect/Builder: Wight & Co. in Darian, IL
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8 Things to Consider with Contemporary Windows

Do you think contemporary windows could be right for your home? As you weigh and compare your options, consider these eight important qualities of contemporary windows.

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Recent Project: Garfield Crossing

Location: Hinsdale, IL

Completed: Summer 2014

Architect: David M. Kennedy, AIA LEED AP, Principal, perkins pryde + kennedy architects in Glen Ellyn, IL

Builder: EP Doyle & Son in Wheaton, IL

Owner: Garfield Crossing LLC

Weather Shield Dealer: Kornesczuk Windows, Warrenville, IL

Weather Shield Products Used: Signature Series and Premium Series casements and double hung windows
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Window Trends in the Midwest

As is the trend with many architectural styles, Mission and Craftsman style homes, which were born in the Midwest, made their way across the country. However, while Prairie style homes are certainly not limited to the Midwest, they are still found most prominently in this region. Whether you live in a Prairie style home or not, you can find inspiration from the architecture to help you choose which windows to install in your Midwest home.

Originally showcased by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois, Prairie style homes mirror the environment around them. The flat expanse of the Midwest is reflected in the clean, straight lines of Prairie style homes. Geometric shapes abound, so straight window lines are a must.

Consider these most popular window types and shapes to incorporate into a Midwest home renovation.
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Recent Project: Axis Apartments

Location: Downtown Indianapolis

Developer/Builder/Owner: Flaherty & Collins in Indianapolis

Weather Shield Dealer: G2 Architectural Products in Ft. Wayne, IN

Weather Shield Representative: Les Mathson

Weather Shield Products Used: Visions 2500 single hung, direct set (sim sash), and awning windows in medium bronze and silver anodized painted exteriors, and craftsman bronze exteriors. The patio doors are steel with aluminum clad frames factory-finished to match the windows. 
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