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CS Ultra Spacer Window Spacer

What Is A Window Spacer?

When looking at what makes up a window there is often a focus on the material of the window itself.  This could be vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or even the glass that goes in it.  Often forgotten yet crucial to that equation is the spacer.  This is the material that goes in between the glass panes to create an air space.

Spacer Diagram

CS Ultra Spacer in a Double Hung corner cut

Window Spacer

The CS Ultra Spacer® Foam Widow Spacer

Spacers can be made from many different materials.  When dual glazing was first conceived as far back as 1865, thick wood or rope were used to separate the panes with a thatch/tar sealant.  Since then aluminum and stainless steel have been used to create ‘box spacers’.  These were pieces of metal folded into an empty box shape that would sit between the panes.

Recent advances in technology have allowed for the development of a multi-polymer foam spacer which has phenomenal insulating performance.  These window spacers are known as Warm Edge spacers.

What’s Wrong With Metal Window Spacers?

Warm Edge CS Ultra Spacer®

From Cold Metal to Warm Foam – the CS Ultra Spacer® is a ‘Warm Edge’ Spacer

While undoubtedly an improvement on rope and tar, metal spacers are an old technology that allows the conduction of heat/cold and the possibility of condensation within an insulated glass unit.

CS Ultra Spacer vs Metal Spacer

It’s clear that the CS Ultra Spacer® outperforms the outdated Metal Spacers!

Another disadvantage of a metal window spacer is that it is extremely rigid and not suited to climates with a wide range of temperatures.  We manufacture out of Chicago, Illinois and our summers are scorching and our winters are brutal but the CS Ultra Spacer® stands up to it all.

Metal vs Foam

Metal Spacers are unable to move with temperature change leading to higher probability of seal failure

What Makes the CS Ultra Spacer® Different?

Climate Solutions is not the only company to use a foam window spacer but we are the only company using the CS Ultra Spacer®.  The combination of foam spacer, double strength glass and a Hot Butyl Melt secondary seal make a virtually impermeable barrier for your windows.  Stress cracks, rusted spacers and seal failure are a thing of the past which is why we offer a Lifetime Warranty on glass failure!

Foam Spacer

Here the CS Ultra Spacer ®process is shown, beginning with hand applying the foam spacer.

All Climate Solutions’ products feature the CS Ultra Spacer® as their spacing system.  Other benefits include a reduction in Sound Transmittance and a significant reduction in the likelihood of condensation.   For a healthier, more energy efficient home, it has to be the CS Ultra Spacer®.


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What Makes a Good Patio Door?

Patio Door

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Picking a Patio Door is never easy – many people have homes with doors that they have to fight to open and close.  Other common issues include failing locks and poor thermal performance.

In this article we highlight the five factors that you should take into consideration when looking for a new Patio Door.

1. Thermal Performance

The largest surface component of a Patio Door is the glass, which is also the biggest entryway for energy to escape from you home (or let the cold in).  Using Low-Emissivity glass is a must (find out more here) and it’s important to make sure you use the right material for the frames and sash.  As we’ve discussed before, Vinyl is the only choice.

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

The ideal door will have numerous chambers to help dissipate energy transfer and the glass should be held together with a non-metal spacer, preferably a foam spacer for optimum performance.

 

2. Ease of Use

Patio Doors are used more frequently than windows and as a result have enormous demands on the hardware.  A good patio door should be easy to open, requiring very little pressure to move the operating sashes.  Locks should engage when the door is closed, without having to jimmy them or struggling to line up.

Threshoild

An example of an anodized aluminum track, giving durability and consistent life-long performance

3. Hardware

A Patio Door is an entry point to your home – as a result it should have strong, durable and secure hardware.  Many doors will only have a single mortise lock, for ultimate security a double-mortise lock should be standard.

CS Double Mortise Lock

Here you can see the lock has two arms that engage to make a tamper-proof lock

The lock should be keyed from the outside and you should expect a foot-lock as standard, to give the option of worry-free ventilation.

4. Customization

You shouldn’t be fitting your home to a door, it should be the other way. This means fully custom sizes and finishes, whether it’s the exterior color, tinted glass or even integrated blinds.

CS blinds

Integrated blinds between the glass in a Patio Door

With blinds between the glass there shouldn’t be a compromise of functionality for thermal performance. There are now doors on the market which have blinds and soft-coat Low-E glass.

5. Structural Performance

A Patio-Door is a large unit that has a lot of structural functions.  It needs to be strong enough to work in the opening it’s put into, a minimum Design Pressure of 45 is favorable.

4 Section Patio Door

4-Section Patio Doors are naturally very big and need to be super-strong

To get the best structural performance at the manufacturing level it is essential that the door is made with a four-point welder in the frame, giving it rigidity and a perfect join.

We hope this article has been helpful, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Vinyl Picture Windows by Climate Solutions

Vinyl Picture Windows

Climate Solutions is a window manufacturer headquartered in the Chicagoland area, serving the Midwest supplying vinyl windows and doors across the region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois among others.  This includes our awesome vinyl picture windows.

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Vinyl Fixed Windows by Climate Solutions

Fixed Windows

Climate Solutions is a window manufacturer headquartered in the Chicagoland area, serving the Midwest supplying vinyl windows and doors across the region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois among others.  This includes our superb range of fixed windows.

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LoE-366 Glass

Any custom vinyl window or door is only as good as the parts that make it up, whether it is the quality of the virgin vinyl used for the construction of the frame and sash, the foam CS Ultra Spacer between the panes, the hand-engineered hardware or the glass itself.

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Double Hung Windows

As the premier vinyl window manufacturer in the Midwest, based in Chicago Climate Solutions is servicing a large area including Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois and as far afield as Pennsylvania too.  Having spent the past decade carving out a reputation for superior service and quality of product in the field of vinyl windows and doors the company has started rapidly growing and expanding.

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Introducing the CS Ultra Spacer ™

The CS Ultra Spacer ™

There’s one element that unites all Climate Solutions Windows & Doors’ units, one component that every vinyl window and door made out of our Chicago factory share – they use the CS Ultra Spacer.

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BioFoam™ High Performance Insulating Foam

Introducing our new BioFoam™ Insulating foam feature. A low density insulating foam that is biodegradable is an available feature on all 8000 Series windows. Overall thermal efficiency up to 8 percent can be achieved with our BioFoam™ Insulating foam feature.

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8000 Series Vinyl Windows by Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions 8000 Series Vinyl Windows

Anyone can buy a low quality window off of the shelf of a big box chain store and throw into an opening. At Climate Solutions we believe the quality of the window and door a home owner chooses is the most important decision they can make in relation to the comfort and thermal efficiency of their home and nothing makes a bigger statement about this than the 8000 Series Vinyl Windows.

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7000 Series Custom Vinyl Windows

The 7000 Series Custom Vinyl Window is our affordable vinyl window range, encompassing the Double Hung Vinyl Window, the 2-Section Slider Vinyl Window, the 3-Section Slider Vinyl Window and the Fixed Vinyl Window (also known as Picture Vinyl Window).

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