The Difference You Can See
New windows are a low-cost way to increase the value of your home. Bring savings and improve the comfort level of your home while offsetting harsh Arizona weather conditions. American Vision Windows is dedicated to providing our customers the best. Let us help you beautify your home and reduce your energy costs.
Window Operating Styles
Windows Have Evolved. Learn About Your Choices.
Bring a beautiful garden inside with a picture window or add the functionality of a pass-through window to your outdoor living area. Explore the wide variety of window operating styles at American Vision. No matter what you’re looking for, our team of specialists will help you make the best decision for your home.
Casement windows are contemporary and convenient. Casement windows hinge at the side and swing out.
Garden windows protrude outward and offer an interior shelf for plants and herbs.
Double hung windows have two sashes that slide vertically providing very efficient ventilation.
Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows but only the bottom sash slides vertically.
Sliding windows have one sash that glides open horizontally.
Bays and bows are combinations of windows that extend outward maximizing your living space and view.
Awning windows hinge at the top and open out like an awning.
Picture windows bring the outdoors in and maximize your view.
Window Frame Materials
Window Material Makes All The Difference. Become an Informed Consumer.
Windows come in many styles, shapes, and sizes. Equally important are the materials your windows are made of. There is an array of pros and cons to consider when choosing the right investment for your home. We will help you define your wants and needs to make the decision much easier.
Vinyl frames are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material has many advantages, including being virtually maintenance-free. There will be differences in the quality of one manufacturer’s vinyl compared to another. This is because a vinyl frame is made from a compound—a recipe of sorts—that dictates its performance over time. Each additive to a company’s vinyl recipe helps determine the long-term characteristics of the final product, like its weather and impact resistance. For example, titanium dioxide makes the vinyl more heat resistant. At first glance, competing windows may look the same, but there can be key differences in the vinyl recipe used and how vinyl parts are formed to make a window structurally strong and optimize insulation performance.
Generally, vinyl windows and doors are available in white and various neutral colors. A recently developed two-coat formulation of seven premium exterior vinyl finishes is available in light and dark variety, in addition to standard white and tan. New coating technology allows UV rays to pass through the color formulation and reflect off the vinyl frame. This preserves the exterior finish. Consequently, a vinyl window or patio door can look nearly new for years.
For years, wood has been a readily available window substrate, and the most common choice for homes. It could be painted a solid color or stained and sealed to show off the wood grain. Wood is also strong and easy to work with, is a natural insulator and complements many forms of architecture.
Compared to vinyl and fiberglass, wood frames require more maintenance. Regular sealing, staining or painting is needed to prolong the beauty and performance of the window or door. Frequent touch-ups and the occasional refurbishing, sanding and applying new coats is almost always required.
Manufacturers often offer aluminum or fiberglass clad wood frames to improve the durability of the window and door while offering the beauty of wood.
Some windows use a water management system. It protects the solid wood interior by draining water away through a hidden system of water channels and drainage holes. This allows the window to perform at a higher design pressure than most standard wood windows.
Light yet strong, aluminum windows and doors can be configured into a wide variety of combinations. The narrowness of the frame places the focus on the glass and subsequently, the view it offers. Multi-panel door systems are often made with aluminum frames to facilitate indoor/outdoor living. Aluminum frames are available in anodized or baked-on finishes for long lasting color. Sealed, mechanically joined corners stay square and true over years of use.
Aluminum is not recommended in beach homes for while the material is water resistant, it can suffer corrosion from salt water and salt air. The corrosion affects hardware operation and frame performance.
Compared with vinyl, fiberglass and wood frames, aluminum conducts heat and cold the least well. Thermally Improved Aluminum windows and doors are equipped with thermal breaks to separate the interior and exterior surfaces and improve energy efficiency.
Fiberglass frames are essentially composed of glass fibers and resin, materials that expand and contract very little with temperature changes in the weather. Until recently, the complex profiles required for window designs have been impossible to attain with fiberglass. Innovation has made it possible to design a fiberglass frame and fiberglass windows and patio doors are becoming more popular among homeowners for its beauty and long-lasting durability.
Fiberglass windows and doors can replicate the look and feel of wood with a veneer while helping to resist swelling, rotting and warping. The frame expands and contracts at approximately the same rate as the insulated glass it holds for improved energy efficiency and strength. While fiberglass frames do not require repainting for upkeep, the material is able to be repainted if you prefer to change colors.
Fiberglass frames are also popular because a wood veneer can be added to the interior. This gives you the best of both worlds: the durability of a fiberglass frame exterior and the warmth and beauty of a wood-look interior.
Fiberglass is produced using a process called pultrusion. Glass rovings and mats are pulled at tremendous forces through a resin bath and a series of dies. These materials combine and catalyze to provide tensile and torsion strength. All final products undergo extensive testing for quality and consistency.
Replacing single-paned windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows or choosing ENERGY STAR replacement windows over the typical clear-glass double-paned alternative can save a significant amount of money on your energy bill. Your actual savings will vary depending on many factors including your local climate.
Choosing The Right Material
Balancing Efficiency, Aesthetics, and Maintenance Needs Within Your Budget.
American Vision Continues To Partner With The Industry's Leading Manufacturers
Bringing The Very Best Products and Packages To Our Valued Customers
The Arizona Package
The Most Energy-Efficient, Heat Resistant Window On The Market Today
Arizona homes are subject to the harsh desert climate, constantly enduring temperatures above 115 and below freezing. In addition, they are inundated by some of the most extreme dust storms in the world. Combined, these conditions make finding the right window for your home critical to comfortable desert living. We are proud to say that Arizona native, Bill Herren, has crafted the Arizona Package to not only meet Energy Star requirements, but exceed the Energy Star requirement by as much as 45%.
Energy Star compliant windows can save energy costs by 40% in the Phoenix area.
The Arizona Package includes the most energy efficient dual pane window on the market. Learn more about the features of the American Vision Arizona package below.
- Arizona Package Warm Edge Spacer
Our foam spacer is the industry’s most technologically advanced and efficient spacer on the market.
- Triple-layer silver metal coating
This Infinite coating reflects outside heat in sunny weather, keeps heat from escaping home in cold weather, and blocks 95% of harmful UV rays.
- PLUS Easy-Clean coating
Applied to the exterior glass, PLUS coating harnesses the sun’s UV rays and causes dirt and other organic materials on the glass to decompose. So when it rains, the decomposed dirt no longer clings to the glass, easily rinsing away. Your windows will be easier to clean and stay cleaner longer.
- Argon gas “Flood Filled”
Turns the space between glass panes into a highly effective thermal barrier. “Flood filled” technology guarantees 90-95% fill rate.
While most windows have one strip of weather stripping placed around the frame, the Arizona Package has 3 strips of weather stripping strategically placed inside little fins built into the frame, making it extremely effective against the crazy Arizona dust storms. The Arizona Package also eclipses the safety requirements set by the state with their dual cam lock system.
We honor the manufacture warranty of every product we sell, as well as warranty the installation of those products for as long you own the home. Our experience tells us that a window installed correctly the first time won’t have problems in the future. You can rest well at night knowing you’ve partnered with a company that approaches every aspect from the perspective of the homeowner, taking every consideration possible to satisfy our customer.
Let our experts give you a Free In-Home Demonstration of the Arizona Package