The Difference Between European Windows and American Windows

The Difference Between European Windows and American Windows

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Europe seems to get to many trends sooner than America does, and it’s not just because the region is older, of course.  From fashion to music and other arts, Europe is ahead of the US in terms of keeping it new, and the same can actually be said about windows; as strange as that might seem.

You see, Neufenster European windows are very different from American standards, today.  Let’s take a look at how they are different.

European Windows are More Energy Efficient

While you can find some window models in the US that are made to maximize energy efficiency, European windows are generally better at this.  Now, it is important to note that energy is more expensive in Europe than in the United States, so maybe this is what motivated and expedited the development of more energy efficient windows.

Double Hung vs Turn and Tilt

Double Hung windows are the basic standard, for the most part, in the United States. In Europe, though, turn and tilt (or turn-tilt) windows are the standard.  You might be familiar with double hung windows, of course, as the type which slide upwards to open.  You may not, however, be familiar with the favorite windows from across the pond: the turn-tilt.  These are able to swing both inward and outward on a vertical hinge, as well as tilt the same on a horizontal hinge.  Also, they can accommodate larger glass surfaces, giving you more versatility than simple double hung windows.

Low-E vs Triple Pane vs Quadruple Pane

Generally speaking, the more window panes (layers of glass), the better insulating properties the window will exhibit.  Again, double-pane is the most popular type in the US (as they offer the bare minimum of climate and noise insulation).  Triple pane windows, of course, have three sheets of glass; quadruple pane windows have four.

Low-E glass has lower levels of iron.  These can be found in single or double pane, too.  The iron levels help to reduce the amount of infrared heat that is absorbed from the sun into the glass, which means less heat makes its way into your home during hot summer days.  Again, these are far more common in Europe than in the United States.


In Europe—again, where energy prices are higher—the more expensive energy-efficient windows make more sense.  In the US, though, it may still be worth it to pay a little extra for more conservative windows, too.


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