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Energy Efficiency

Making Your Windows More Energy-Efficient

Rising energy costs have consumers looking for ways to insulate or update and possibly give up the beauty and charm of vintage windows in their homes. The problem is, full window replacement can be very costly. It can also take away the look, feel, and value of your home.

Our company recognizes that, if given the option, building owners would rather keep their vintage wood windows than replace them. Vintage windows are made of long-lasting, quality materials that—with the right upkeep—add value and charm to the structure. Vintage windows that were made with excellent hardwood products are less prone to dry rot than today’s products.

Chosen Wood Windows offers updating options for all vintage windows. We offer solutions for energy efficiency, insulation, drafty windows (weatherstripping), functional issues, and more.

The Slim Line Insulating Pane (SLIP™) and Conversions are a couple of options we offer. Both retain the entire window, including the sash, and make your original windows rival modern replacement windows’ energy-efficiency standards.

We’re Happy to Bring You the SLIP™ System

After working with vintage windows for 20 years and seeing the issues that come with them, we designed the Slim Line Insulating Pane. It’s designed to update the vintage window to a more current standard for energy efficiency and operability.

SLIP adds a pane to each sash, either interior or exterior, retaining the original window glass. It will protect and preserve the glass and glazing by shielding it from the weather, reducing water penetration and condensation during the winter months. Turn your original glass/window into a simulated insulated glass window.

Weatherstripping is included to stop drafts. If a SLIP is used on a double-hung window, a balance system is installed for flawless window function. We can also use original rope and weights and adjust. The options for SLIP glass can be clear, tinted, Low-E, or obscure. One of the biggest values is how our SLIP’s product looks compared to a storm window. We started producing SLIPs as an alternative to conventional storm windows, not to take away from the look of a vintage window. You’ll hardly know the SLIP is there.

All of our SLIP glass is also safety-tempered glass. There is no more big and bulky storm window and no more opening to sets of windows to let in fresh air.

The insulation power of SLIPs is amazing. They allow you to save each month on your energy bills. The insulation power is neck and neck with insulated glass replacement windows but at a far lower cost. With the energy savings you get with a SLIP, it pays for itself and adds residual value to your home.

The other benefit of SLIPs is there is nothing to go wrong. There are no operating pieces, there is no alteration of the window, and the SLIPs become a part of the window itself. This means a lower future maintenance cost. SLIPs, as opposed to IGUs, do not fail. There will never be a need to change out glass due to a failed glass unit. A SLIP has you covered.

Note: We’re happy to install a SLIP for you in Oregon and Washington, but you can also purchase the product yourself from SLIP. Learn more at the link below.

Benefits of the SLIP

The SLIP is designed for all types of wood windows, including awning, casement, picture, double-hung, and even doors. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Sound reduction
  • Less expensive than window or glass replacement
  • Maintains the original beauty and charm of the existing windows
  • Helps windows remain historically accurate and functional
  • Solid, well-designed construction and material
  • Tested and proven product

Before SLIP

After SLIP

Insulated Glass Conversions

Conversions are also ideal for those looking to get more insulation power from their existing windows and maintain the original millwork. This process involves the removal of the existing pane of glass and routing out the sash to accommodate thicker insulated glass. This will give consumers the advantage of insulated glass which comes with many benefits, including the option of higher energy-efficient, Low-E alternatives.

Get in Touch With Chosen Wood Windows Today

Interested in making your windows more energy efficient? We can help with that. Contact us today at the form below to get started.

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