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The Beauty of Wood

Beauty of Wooden Doors The Beauty of Wood American Thermal Window and Sahara Windows have been leaders in door offerings and installation for 40 years.  We offer our expertise and guidance to help throughout the entire process. Simpson doors are the wood doors of choice, with over 100 years of experience in producing the finest […]

The Cost of Replacing Windows or Adding a Garden Window

What is the Cost to Replace or add a Garden Window?

When Is It Time To Replace My Home’s Front Door?

When is it time to replace your entry door?

How Thick Does My Siding Need To Be For My House?

How Thick Should My Siding Be? Choosing siding for your home can be difficult, as there are many options. When choosing replacement siding for your home, you must consider multiple factors, including aesthetic, water resistance, durability, and energy efficiency. There are various siding replacement options; popular siding replacement options include Alside and Hardieplank.  Types of [...]

Choosing between Fiberglass or Wood for Your Entry Door

 Choosing a New Door for Your Home  When it's time to replace your entry door, you must decide what type of door you'd like to install. The most common options are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Each option has its benefits and its drawbacks. You should choose your new door based on your needs and expectations.  [...]

Increasing Your Home’s Value by Replacing Windows and Doors

Increasing Your Home's Value Whether you just moved in, or you're ready to move out, it's always a good time to consider replacing your old or damaged windows and doors. Smart home improvements, like increasing energy efficiency, can pay off in a big way when it's time to sell your home.  Window and door replacement [...]

The Differences Between Double and Triple Paned Glass

Double and Triple Pane Glass When determining the best type of windows to install on your property, you must choose between double and triple pane glass. But what are the differences? Double pane glass windows consist of two panes of glass with a space between them. That space (consisting of air) adds additional insulation and [...]

How to Replace Windows and Doors on a Historic/Landmark Property

 Replacing Windows and Doors on a Historic Property

What to Look for in a Home Improvement Crew

Learning How to Choose a Home Improvement Crew  When you're tackling any type of improvement for your home in Chicago, you must find a reputable, responsible home improvement team. We tell all homeowners to do their due diligence when choosing a team so they can avoid problems, increased costs, and mistakes.  Look at the reviews [...]

Gas-Filled Glass Panes in Windows

What are Gas-Filled Windows? Older homes often feature single-pane windows, which are drafty and energy inefficient. Newer buildings (or upgraded properties) are most likely to feature gas-filled windows, which are windows consisting of two or three panes of glass, with argon gas filling the spaces between the panes. These types of windows have become more [...]

Deciding if Your Basement Needs an Escape Window

Basement Escape Windows

Customizing Your Home’s New Doors

Customizing Your Home's Entry Door Your entry door is the focal point of your home, and should reflect your exact sense of style. Your aesthtic preferences and your functional needs all must be considered when choosing an entry door. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the appearance of your home's entry door.  Color [...]

Options for Window Customization

Home Window Customization 

The Benefits of a Fiberglass Entry Door

Fiberglass Entry Door Benefits

Double-Hung Versus Casement Windows

Deciding Between Double Hung and Casement Windows There are several types of windows to consider when replacing the windows in your home. Two of the major options are double-hung windows and casement windows. When deciding between double-hung or casement windows, you must consider your aesthetic preference and your ventilation preference.  What are Casement Windows? Casement [...]

In 2018, are Bay Windows Modern or Old-Fashioned?

Are Bay Windows Right for Your Home? Bay and bow windows are often included in homes to allow for more light to enter living spaces. Many beautiful Chicagoland homes feature bay or bow windows. Bay window is the (often generic) term used for a protruding window structure. There is a difference between bay and bow windows, [...]

Are Black-Framed Windows Right for My Home?

Black Window Frames are More Popular Than Ever In many Chicagoland homes and businesses, black window frames are being installed as owners decide to update their windows. As industrial trends grew in popularity, more and more homeowners and business owners were including black window frames in their plans, or replacing their white window frames with [...]

The Best Bathroom Windows for Light Exposure and Privacy

Best Bathroom Windows for Privacy

Where and Why to Use Transom Windows

When and Why to Use Transom Windows What are Transom Windows Transom windows are small windows appearing above or beside a door or other window and are often fan-shaped, but can be other shapes as well. Transom windows are primarily decorative, but they also serve a function. These types of windows add extra light to [...]

Replacing Commercial Storefront Windows

Replacing Commercial Storefront Windows

Replacing a Basement Window

Replacing a Basement Window Basement windows sometimes need to be replaced due to old age or damage. They are often broken by burglars, so installing a new basement window is very important. Depending on your basement, you need to have a hopper window, egress, or escape window. Installing good quality basement windows will keep your [...]

Marvin Double Hung Windows

Marvin Double Hung Windows Wide selection of Marvin Windows and Doors Built Around You Marvin double hung windows are made to order, one at a time. Marvin Windows and Doors take pride by carefully constructing each Marvin double hung window to the customer's exact specifications. Marvin double hung window are built to last and at [...]

Why Installing Soffit and Fascia is Important

Why is Soffit and Fascia Installation Important?

Beautiful Replacement Doors in Chicago

Chicago Replacement Doors

Fire-Rated Windows for Chicago Buildings

What Makes Fire-Rated Windows Different Than Windows With Normal Glass?

Commercial Window Replacement in Chicago

Chicago Commercial Window Installation 

The Perfect Garden Window Herb Garden

Garden Window Replacement and Installation

When to Replace Your Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Replacement

Why You Should Install Security Storm Doors on Your Chicago Home

Security Storm Door Installation

Windows and Doors With Built-in Blinds

Advantages of Windows and Doors With Built-in Blinds

Entry Doors and Home Security

Best Security Doors for the Home

Tilt and Turn Windows Add a Distinctive Look to Your Home

Tilt and Turn windows look great in your home.

The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows

Triple Pane Window Benefits

Easy Home Makeovers with American Thermal Window

Home Makeover Examples American Thermal Window sample renovations

Tilt and Turn Doors are Chicago’s Latest Door Trend

The Trend of European Style Doors 

The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows

The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows

Window Condensation and Its Causes

What Causes Window Condensation?

American Thermal Window Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner American Thermal Window and Door

Commercial Doors & Aluminum Storefronts

American Thermal Window Carries Chicago’s Largest Selection of Commercial Doors & Aluminum Storefronts We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but that isn’t always the case. With businesses having a well thought out storefront can make or break a company. At American Thermal Window and carry a large selection of commercial doors [...]

The Benefits of Storm Doors

The Benefits of Storm Doors

Chicago’s Best Fire Rated Window Installers

Fire Rated Window Installation

American Thermal Window Has the Best Windows in Chicago

Best Window and Door Installers in Chicago

American Thermal Window Earns Angie’s List Service Award

American Thermal Window Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Marvin Windows and Doors Wood Windows

Choose Marvin Windows and Doors

Window Companies Offer More Choices Than You Might Think!

Who makes the best windows? Believe it or not, window companies and window features cover the range from basic contractor-grade to high-end designer styles. Replacement windows enhance the look of a home while making it less drafty and quieter–in addition to reducing on energy costs. Additionally, they’re easier to clean and maintain than old windows, which often employ […]

Chicago’s Best, Most Affordable Replacement Doors

Chicago’s Best, Most Affordable Replacement Doors With numerous home improvement project options in Chicago, it’s hard to know where to start. One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s aesthetics and lower your energy costs is with new, replacement doors. Whether you opt for new steel or fiberglass entry doors at any entrance point in the house, sliding glass […]

Storm Doors and Security Doors- Protect your home!

Do Storm Doors and Security Doors protect my home? Storm doors and wrought iron security doors protect from weather as well as forced entry/intrusion. The iron security doors feature 16 gauge steel frames and lock guards that prevent unwanted access to locks. Three 7” forged hinges on our security doors reinforced with steel vault pins [...]

Entry Doors- All the ins and outs!

Entry Doors for your Home Most commonly thought of as front doors, entry doors are often on the back or on the side of your house, with the more ornate varieties are usually found in a home’s main entrance. When buying a “new to you” home, replacing or upgrading your home’s current doors, entry doors […]

Air Infiltration: What it means for Your Home

Air Infiltration: What it means for Your Home When Chicago winters approach quickly, many of our customers ask us about air infiltration, why it happens and what homeowners can do to remedy it. Firstly, every home, regardless of age, “breathes” and is not completely airtight. Some natural ventilation between your home and the outside air […]