Without high quality windows and doors no house, home or building can be called safe, comfortable and good to look at. Ask a homeowner, if he is willing to spend as much money as needed to obtain security and safety of his property, and he will definitely say “YES!”

North American windows and European windows are the two types most notable in the world market of doors and windows. To make a window and/or door a long lasting product, the manufacturer should be thourough in analyzing both climate and energy costs, as well as energy policies in the country of potential marketing. That is where the difference between North American and European windows can be recognized.

 

Comparing the two window types.

 Energy Conservation.

The professional  testing of  the European type windows has proven their high efficiency in energy conservation, and moreover, this product is eco-friendly. Because of high energy costs in Europe, both technicians and designers are committed to use the maximum of natural resources of sun and air. One of the strongest positive features of the European design is the possibility of the proper air circulation between the exterior and the interior of a house and/or a building – the warm air escapes out and the cool air enters in within the necessary levels. As to the North American type windows, there are limited options for controlling the in and out air flow.  

Thermal efficiency

European windows with tripple- or even quadruple-pane glass (with integrated blinds)  demonstrate greater efficiency in colder climates, as their construction provides excellent insulating properties. Unlike the European type, North American windows, though nowdays, using tripple-pane glass, are still less resilient to the outer climatic conditions, due to the smaller space between the panes.

There is another very important difference that makes European window type preferable to North American type.  We would like to bring your attention to the manufacturing materials used. UPVC, Low-E glass and a low U-value are non-conductive materials which improve the thermal efficiency of the window panes. Widows made from UPVC will considerably  reduce the infrared and UV rays penetrating through the glass. The amount of entering light will not be harmed. This ensures the heat to stay indoors in winter and prevents the summer heat from penetrating into the house from outside. 

And again, unlike European type makers, manufacturers of North American pane glass are using mostly PVC and non-Low-E glass which are conductors of heat. 

Design

European windows and doors appear in the world market in variety of styles. They can be installed to cover large open spaces. One can find windows and doors to satisfy modern or classical taste of the buyer. And as to the North American product, it is presented mostly in a traditional colonial desigh, and windows are commonly manufactured  from floating glass.

Cost

No doubt, the price and cost are the factors that determine the buyer’s choice. The durability of, somewhat costly European windows, which is, on average, not less than 60-70 years, may be really more appealing to the customer. The North American varient cannot boast of durability though showing initial cheaper costs and prices.

To wrap up we would like you to consider all ”pro and contra” while deciding over costs and prices. What is more important for your family: safety and security, durability and comfortable home, or a cheap product that would satisfy neither in a couple of years? European windows are rapidly making their triumphant march to the markets all over the world due to their high performance, durability and reliability.