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Sliding windows: environmental control

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Sliding windows deliver the best of all worlds: a sturdy, attractive separation of interior and exterior with the ease of one-handed operation and a pivot mechanism for cleaning. These architectural evolutions come in a wide range of sizes that make home design a dream, particularly for those desiring an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Most convey a contemporary look, and open and close without using interior or exterior space. This benefit gives them an edge, when an operable window might interfere with a walkway, patio or deck.

Sometimes called gliding windows, the sliding mechanism operates on a smooth, easy-to-maintain track with a removable sash meant to make cleaning the unit, simple. A hallmark of this choice is that it offers the maximum glass area of any operable window. Depending upon the your geographical region, the estimated costs for materials and installation fall between $3 and $6 per square inch. Custom designs or unique sizes can raise the price between 4 percent and 12 percent.

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