About Window Attachments
Window attachments are products installed either internally or externally on a window that can serve a variety of purposes including: adding to the room aesthetic, protection, enhanced view and natural light, reducing draftiness, lessen glare and heat from the sun, or privacy. These products include low-emissivity (low-e)storm windows and interior panels, cellular shades, interior and exterior shades and shutters, window films, solar screens, window quilts, window films, and awnings.
Examples and descriptions of window attachment products provided courtesy of Efficientwindowcoverings.org.
Flexible adhesive polymer sheet applied directly and permanently to interior or exterior of glass to improve the window’s optical and/or thermal performance. Often called applied film to distinguish it from seasonal film (which is applied to window trim, not the window glass). Many variations exist for additional desired performance including: glare reduction, privacy, security, and winter thermal performance.
An exterior shading window covering, either fixed or retractable.
Fixed awnings provide good solar heat gain and glare control while reasonably maintaining view.
Retractable awnings provide good solar heat gain and glare control while maintaining view. Their adjustability improves qualities such as privacy and glare control.
Exterior Louvered Shutter
Exterior Roller Shade
Exterior Storm Window
Exterior window panel (tracked/operable or fixed/inoperable) covering and protecting existing windows from weather, improving energy performance (including air-tightness), while maintaining view. Low-e coatings in cold climates and low solar gain coatings in hot climates increase their energy performance.
Interior Louvered Shutter