Before installing the windows we finished cladding the exterior with 2" of rigid foam. This gives us R10 continuous insulation from the footing to the eave, more than required by code at this time, giving us a superior level of thermal efficiency.
Product selection was very important to my design, not only for aesthetics but energy efficiency and maintenance. I chose a hybrid casement window, which combines a PVC frame with an aluminum clad exterior. The benefits are, they combine the very desirable aluminum exterior with the thermal efficiency of PVC. I chose SDL (simulated divided light) grills and painted black interiors to enhance the architectural attractiveness. Factory installed PVC jamb extensions were added for ease of finishing as well as another level of maintenance free.
Garage doors came next. The largest door, 18'-0" in width on the south side I chose a full vision glass. With no actual windows in this end of the shop I wanted to maximize the natural light from the southern exposure.
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