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A sliding window is a horizontal two or three sash window that opens from left to right by moving along a track. Its simple design makes it cost-effective and easy to operate.

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Benefits of Sliding & Gliding Windows

Sliding windows can provide the following benefits:

Easy to operate. Sliding windows move along tracks, which makes them easy to open and close (especially helpful for those who lack strength or dexterity).

Durability and longevity. Gliding windows don’t need operable cranks (like casement or awning windows) or springs or pulleys (like those found in older double hung windows). Sliding windows simply glide along an inside track, which improves performance over the long run.

Increased airflow and views to the outside. This window can fit in the space of a single, double, or triple sized window (horizontal in design) and can offer expansive views to the outside with the advantage of airflow.

Affordability. Due to its simple design, a sliding window is less costly to manufacture and thus generally less expensive.

Energy efficiency. Vinyl sliding windows can replace your old storm windows, eliminating the difficult task of taking down, cleaning, and storing the storm windows each year.

Products and Uses

Horizontal Sliding Windows - Product Features

Sliding windows from Alside and Polaris Window & Door have these features:

  • Vinyl frames and sashes that won’t crack, chip, or peel
  • Fusion-welded frames and main structures for strength and rigidity (available on most models)
  • "Swing and clean" sliding window has sashes that tilt in for easy cleaning
  • Insulated glass and warm edge spacer system
  • Hidden screen track has clean lines and adds modern beauty
  • Multi-chamber sash and mainframes for improved energy efficiency
  • Theft-deterrent locks for security and an airtight seal
  • Half window screens (standard) and full window screens (optional)
  • Sloped sills that drain water to the outside
  • Double barrier weatherstripping for improved protection from air and water entering
  • Can be manufactured in a wide range of sizes

Where to Use a Sliding Window

Sliding windows are most often found in family/living rooms, basements, and bedrooms and occasionally above kitchen sinks.


Sliding Window Design Options

Add style and reduce energy costs with these options (note: options will vary by product lines):

Decorative window grids and grilles. Grids placed inside insulated glass keep window cleaning simple. Various grid options include Colonial, Diamond, Prairie, and Double Prairie.

Internal tilt mini blinds. Blinds placed inside the window never need to be cleaned and provide shade from the sun.

Wood grain interior veneer finishes. We offer a wide range of interior wood grain looks to complement any décor. Options vary per window type and include light, medium, and dark oak, cherry, and foxwood.

Exterior vinyl frame colors. Choose colors to match or contrast with your home’s exterior. We offer many trim options to accent the curb appeal of your home, including tan, brick red, green, white, brown, black, beige, bronze, clay, and gray.

Upgraded glass packages. Lower your home heating and cooling costs by upgrading to premium glass for increased energy efficiency.

Self-cleaning glass. This technology prevents the adhesion of dirt and debris to the glass, while rain or light water spray rinses it away.

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