Seven Steps to the Find the Perfect Windows


JELD-WEN offers many material, style, color, size and option possibilities for windows. There are hundreds of ways to configure your windows. Follow these seven steps to find the perfect windows for your home.

Step One: Choose the material

Window materials include wood, vinyl and aluminum. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Material considerations should include: environment and climate, style of home and budget. Here’s a brief overview of all three materials:


  • Lightweight yet strong
  • Budget friendly
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Works well in most climates
  • Less options


  • Plastic material
  • Durable
  • Energy efficient
  • Budget friendly
  • Rarely fades or chips


  • Insulator and can aide with energy efficiency
  • Many options for staining and painting
  • When made with AuraLast®, provides protection against wood rot, water damage and termites
  • Very customizable
  • More maintenance than other materials
  • Renewable resource


  • Strong layer of metal on wood
  • Protection to wood
  • No exterior painting required
  • Low-maintenance option

Step Two: Decide on the type of window

Start with the basic shape and operation of the window or patio door. How will you use the window? What type of furniture will sit near or against the windows?


  • Hinged at the top to open outward
  • Often placed above doors
  • Great accent windows
  • Provide light and ventilation

Bays and bows

  • Creates more space
  • Bay windows extend a room outward
  • Bow windows create a gentle angle


  • Hinged on either the left or right
  • Opens wide for maximum ventilation
  • Frequently used in kitchens and bathrooms


  • Two operating sashes, which slide vertically past each other

Fixed, radius and geometric

  • Non-operational windows
  • Available in many shapes and sizes
  • Often placed over doors or fireplaces


  • Often placed over kitchen sinks
  • Option available that allows both sashes to slide


  • Lower sash slides vertically to open while the upper sash remains stationary

Tilt & turn

  • Hinged at the sides for full ventilation
  • Hinges at the bottom open, allowing breeze in while keeping rain out

Step Three: Choose your glass

Performance glass is an option as well as glass that is tinted, tempered or textured.

Performance Glass

LoĒ³-366® glass

A high performing glass with insulating argon gas, LoĒ³-366® helps homes stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Use of this glass can help windows be ENERGY STAR® certified. This glass allows light in but not heat. The view is also clearer compared to a tinted glass. It also protects against fading of interior furnishings by blocking up to 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The glass is manufactured using a sputter coating process and contains a third layer of silver coating.

Neat® glass

Neat® glass was developed to be virtually self-cleaning. It works as a coating that allows for easier cleaning. It uses the sun’s UV rays to loosen dirt so water can rinse it away. The titanium dioxide layer reacts chemically with the sun’s UV rays. This causes organic materials that are on the glass to decompose.

It works on cloudy days as well. Up to 80 percent of UV radiation gets through cloud cover. A thin layer of silicon dioxide creates an ultra-smooth surface. Because all the microscopic peaks and valleys have been filled in, debris can slide off windows during rain. Water disperses evenly and rolls off, reducing water spotting.

Preserve® glass

This protective window film keeps windows safe and clean during construction. It also protects from scratching. It is applied to both outer and inner surfaces in overlapping layers. This application eliminates the issue of “ghosting” labels leaving imprints. It helps crews work around windows without the concern of damage.

The coating peels off in one smooth motion. It contains no harmful chemicals and requires no special disposal. It’s a fantastic way to save time and protect valuable materials.

Other glass options

  • Tinted glass reduces glare. It’s ideal for areas that receive a lot of direct sunlight. Tints available include green, bronze, reflective gray and reflective bronze.
  • Textured glass gives you the opportunity to let light in while maintaining privacy. Many options are available including these five choices: Glue Chip, Rain, Obscure, Narrow Reed and Seedy Reamy.
  • This type of glass is treated with heat, so it can withstand greater force or pressure on its surface. It also will not break into sharp pieces.

Step Four: Interior and exterior options

You can customize and personalize your windows with interior and exterior options.

For vinyl, you can choose:

  • Frame options: flush, integral nail fin, pocket, flat casing or retrofit brickmould
  • Interior and exterior finishes: multiple colors for interior and exterior; interior finish can be woodgrain

Wood windows offer many options as well, including interior and exterior finishes and trim.

Step Five: Hardware

Window hardware allows for another touch of personal style. It’s also necessary for security. Depending on the type of window, there may be multiple options for how the window locks and opens. Different finishes are available as well.

Step Six: Add architectural interest with divided lites and decorative grilles

Grilles and divided lites adds character to a window. Depending on the style of the home, you may want to use certain designs. For example, prairie grilles are a hallmark of Craftsman style whereas colonial grilles are considered Farmhouse. The prairie and colonial describe the design of the grille but also, it’s important to consider how the grilles should be inserted.

Simulated Divided Lines (SDL)

  • Grilles are adhered to the interior glass
  • Exterior grille options include aluminum for clad wood or wood for primed wood
  • Optional light brown or silver shadow bars are placed between the two panes of insulating glass to complete the effect
  • Interior and exterior SDLs are available in decorative beaded or subtle putty profiles (shown to the right)

Grilles Between the Glass (GBG)

  • Select 5/8″ flat or 23/32″ or 1″ contour metal grilles in many of our clad colors
  • Minimal maintenance option

Full-Surround (FS) wood grilles

  • Easily removed for cleaning
  • Choose from 7/8″, 1-1/8″ or 1-3/8″ grilles
  • Positioned on the interior glass surface

Precise Simulated Divided Lites (PDL)

  • Wood exterior bars, wood interior bars and an internal metal shadow bar
  • Interior and exterior bars are designed with identical widths and are permanently adhered to the glass
  • Available only on Custom wood exterior windows

Step Seven: Screen technology

Screens offer design and ventilation options, beautiful views and no bugs.

Phantom Screens®

These retractable screens provide wide-open views when you want them or breezy protection from the outdoors when you need it. They’re durable and easy to operate. Phantom Screens® are available on awning, casement and double-hung windows. Screens for double-hung windows also have a removable track that allows the sash to tilt in for easy cleaning.


Today’s screen options are capable of much more than keeping out insects. With a fine, black fiberglass mesh and light gloss finish, BetterVue® insect screens do a beautiful job of keeping insects away.

Did you realize there were so many options for your windows? We offer a world of possibilities so you find the perfect windows for your home. Windows shouldn’t be an afterthought whether with a new build or renovation. Learn more about JELD-WEN windows – possibility awaits!