Windows

Windows set the tone for your home’s structural personality. At Southern Supply, we’re committed to providing you with durable, high-performance products that bring lasting value to your home. From residential to commercial, our aluminum clad and vinyl windows are energy efficient and artistically welcoming. Southern Supply offers top brands with the ability to offer a wide variety of options to find the perfect window for you and your home. Our sales team is high trained and well versed in windows. When you're choosing new windows, be sure the styles you select suit your home both practically and aesthetically.

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Window Materials

Windows are made from a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, steel, vinyl and fiberglass-or from a combination of these materials. In general, those that offer better weather protection cost more, but they pay off in low maintenance and energy savings.

Wood

Wood tends to be the most popular window material, particularly for the parts of a window that are seen from indoors. Wood doesn't conduct cold or allow for condensation as much as other materials. Wood windows typically come unfinished unless you order them otherwise. If you intend to paint them, save work by purchasing them already primed on the exterior or interior surfaces of the frame and sash. You can eliminate painting altogether by buying them pre-painted in some standard colors.

Clad-Wood

You'll find that many of today's windows are wood inside and clad on the outside with a tough, attractive exterior jacket of extruded aluminum or vinyl. The cladding, available in a few stock colors, covers both sash and frame; it'll keep windows virtually maintenance-free for years. With vinyl, the color permeates the material so scratches don't show. Aluminum may scratch, but it's tougher, available in a wider variety of colors and easier to paint. (Vinyl and aluminum shouldn't require painting.) Neither type will rust or rot.

Wood-Ultrex and All Ultrex (Fiberglass)

Ultrex windows are made of strong fiberglass and coated with an acrylic finish that offers long lasting performance. The finish decrease heat load, UV degradation and fading. It won’t crack, dent, chip or peel and is paintable and virtually maintenance free.

Aluminum

Aluminum windows are more durable than bare wood, thinner, lighter and easier to handle. They're insulated with a thermal break of extruded vinyl and sometimes also foam, which reduces heat loss and condensation.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows are made from rigid, impact-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC), with hollow spaces inside to make them resistant to heat loss and condensation. Inexpensive vinyl windows may become harder to operate over time and allow air leakage.

Window Styles

Windows come in many shapes, sizes and types and are made from a variety of materials. So how do you select the right ones? There are several things to consider: your budget, your home's style and how you want the window to perform. Think about the relative importance of ventilation and security and how easy it should be to maintain. And decide whether you want to emphasize the window as a focal point or have it serve a more practical purpose.

Windows are either fixed or operable. Fixed windows are stationary units mounted within a frame. They're great for letting in light and exposing views but provide no ventilation. Among the more visually interesting choices are octagonal, half-circle or ellipse windows. There are several different types of operable windows. All operable windows come equipped with hardware for opening and closing the sash, latching and locking.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows feature two window sashes that both open for multiple ventilation options and easy window use.

Single Hung Windows

The Single Hung window combines state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make this window incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Casement Windows

Casement windows feature window sashes attached to the frame by one or more hinges. Casement-style windows are hinged on the side and can either swing inward or outward, depending on the desired style, and feature our patented exclusive wash mode.

Awning Windows

Awning windows feature window sash attached to the frame by one or more hinges. Awning-style windows are hinged on the top of the frame and swing outward.

Glider Windows

The Glider window combines state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make this window incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Picture, Bay and Bow Windows

The Bay and Bow windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Shaped Windows

The Round Top windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Round Top Windows

The Specialty windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Tilt Turn and Hopper Windows

The Tilt Turn and Hopper windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use.

Block Windows

Available in acrylic block windows, glass block windows and decorative glass windows that offer privacy, natural light, and fresh air to the home.

Skylights

Available for commercial and residential skylight solutions for standard or customized installations with unique and energy-efficient skylight products.

Window Glass Options

You'll discover that there are also a number of glass products available for special uses, including safety glass and stained glass. Here's a closer look at both high-performance and specialty glazing:

Low-Emissive (or low-E) Glass

Low-E glazing has a film applied to one of the glass surfaces or suspended between the panes. This coating or film allows light in, but it prevents some solar rays from being transmitted through the glass. A Low-E coating can help keep your home cool on a hot day by blocking longer-wave radiant heat from entering. On a cold day it can prevent the radiant interior heat from escaping through the glass.

Tinted Glass

Usually given either a bronze or gray cast, tinted glass reduces glare and limits the amount of light and heat from the sun (solar gain) in your home.

Safety Glass

Safety glass is a good choice if there's any risk of a person walking through a window. Tempered glass is heat-treated during the manufacturing process and crumbles if broken rather than shattering. Laminated glass has a film of plastic that holds the glass together if broken.

Do I need New or Replacement Windows?

What's the difference between a replacement window and a "new" window? Aren't they both new? Yes, but there is a difference. Normally used in new construction, "new" windows have a nailing flange used to attach them to the rough opening in the wall. They're attached with nails driven into the exterior casing or brick mould on the outside and through the jambs on the inside.

A replacement window has no nailing flange and fits into an existing window frame. Replacements are easier to install and preferred unless the existing frame is damaged and needs replacing.