European standards are actually ‘something’ when it comes to innovation and efficiency. The same case is with windows. American windows serve their purpose but European windows do it better.
There is a very justified appeal in European windows for Americans. It includes design innovation, functionality, usefulness, sound protection, energy efficiency, and long life.
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American Windows Vs. European Windows
American windows have a standard double-hung or single-hung design. Whereas the European windows go by their quality of “tilt and turn”.
These windows open two ways, first are just like a door along its vertical hinge – which is the ‘turn’. The second way is tilt, where the window opens along its horizontal hinge. The tilt function adds a ventilation-plus-security feature – you can ventilate your rooms without having to completely open the window.
In terms of style, the European windows have less framing than the American ones. The latter goes well with contemporary architecture whereas the former goes with a more modern and minimalist style.
The more the glass panes, the better insulation in a window. American windows use two glass panes whereas European windows; either use three or four glass panes, hence more insulation.
This is one of the qualities of European windows that makes them energy efficient – meaning, in summer, there will be less heat getting into your house. Therefore, energy conservation by not using too many air conditioners.
Not only it helps in conserving the temperature but also keeps the outside noise, out. And the bonus is the resilience they offer.
Tips on Importing European Windows into the USA
We have seen a small comparison as to why European windows are better than the ones manufactured in the US. Following are the tips to look out for when you are importing windows from Europe:
- The first and most important thing that you have to check is the regulations for windows in the US. Because US and Europe have different standards for windows. In North America, NFRC standards are used whereas in Europe, ISO and EN standards work. These standards basically test the thermal resistance of windows according to their respective specific criteria. So, when you are looking to buy windows from Europe, make sure to cross-check the standards first. (It is important to understand that these standards do not implement the same method of evaluation). You can ask your supplier for more information on this.
- You need to take precise measurements of the window punch or go with the standard window size from the get-go. It is because you will be importing the windows from across the Atlantic, returns and changes will be difficult.
- In order to be prepared for the paperwork and customs duties, ask your supplier to make you detailed receipts in English. It will include the invoice and the list of products in the package.
- The shipping of the windows from Europe will happen in a container. And the ocean route from Europe to the US takes typically 21 days. The packing, unpacking, and delivery to and from the ports – that time is separate. Do expect delays.
IMPORTANT: The shipping with the container will cost you the same even if it is half filled or completely filled. So you can either make an arrangement with your contractor for a bulk import of windows or you can import other products for your construction such as doors, along with the windows; to make it all cost-effective.]
- When your shipment reaches the port in the US, you will need to make arrangements for shipping yourself. The container is going to be there for a maximum of 72 hours after customs clearance, beyond that time will cost you extra. So make sure that your shipping supplier gets it on time and delivers it to the construction site.
- Make a video when you open the shipment just in case there is something missing or damaged.
European windows, it is an experience of luxury, efficiency, and longevity. So it is wise to invest in them because they look sleek and will probably slash your bills by a couple of dollars.