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What Are Architectural Windows?

Nov 13

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If you’ve been shopping for windows recently, it is likely that you have come across the term “architectural windows” or “architecture grade windows,” but what exactly are architectural windows?


Architectural windows are not necessarily a type of window as much as they are a style of window. Architectural grade windows can be made out of a variety of materials, but must offer architectural authenticity and an extensive style selection.


Architectural grade windows can be modern in style, but are often historically accurate re-creations of traditional window designs—making them a popular choice for homeowners located in historic districts or those who simply wish to bring the timeless and elegant look of historically accurate windows to their homes.


To put it simply, architectural windows are designed with the most discriminating homeowners in mind. Those that demand style, sophistication, and performance without compromise.


Advantages of Architectural Grade Windows

Architectural grade windows generally offer many benefits over cheaper contractor grade windows, including:


  • Improved Energy Efficiency – architectural grade windows typically utilize the newest and most effective energy efficiency features. Contractor grade windows are generally designed with cost as the primary consideration, leaving out many energy-efficient features in the base package design.
  • Superior Aesthetics – architectural windows adhere to the strictest architectural guidelines giving them superior aesthetics to contractor grade windows.
  • Premium Materials – architectural quality windows have real solid wood, extruded aluminum, fiberglass, or a combination of these materials. At Weather Shield, our architectural windows utilize a durable extruded aluminum exterior with milled wood grain interiors.
  • Greater Design Flexibility – architectural lines will offer greater design flexibility and customization than contractor grade products. Weather Shield architectural windows feature unlimited color options, seven wood species, and a number of design shapes that vary by window type. Combined, there are millions of potential design combinations to choose from.

Weather Shield Architectural Windows

Regardless of what is on your wish list when building or remodeling your home, the Premium Series windows and doors by Weather Shield can fulfill the design requirements of a specific room or the home’s overall effect with one of the widest arrays of styles, options, finishes, and sizes on the market today.


As our architectural grade windows, the Premium Series offers a blend of traditional Old World craftsmanship and quality combined with modern innovation and energy efficiency.


Choose from dozens of window styles and shapes, colors, finishes, and wood grain selections. If you can think it, we can probably design it. We custom craft every architectural window to meet your own unique needs.


Learn More About Our Architectural Windows

If you want to learn more about our windows, contact us directly, find a local dealer near you, or click the picture below to read our product catalog:




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