Secret Screen. Page through just about any window manufacturer's marketing materials and you'll notice that very few windows are shown with screens installed. Why? Because screens obscure both the window and the view. Jeld-Wen recently began offering retractable screens on its Custom Wood Windows. Phantom Screens have veneered tracks and a wood handle that help them blend in even when they're fully extended. Phantom Screen upgrades can add 25-30% to the price of a window. Jeld-Wen, 800/535-3936, www.jeld-wen.com

Rain Coat. Advances in glass coatings have made today's windows more energy-efficient than ever, and better able to protect interiors from ultraviolet light. Now there are products that can keep windows cleaner, too. The exterior coating on Andersen's Low-E4 glazing — which is standard on the.comany's 400 series product line — allegedly reduces...

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