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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Double Pane Window Replacement

Double pane window replacement needs to be understood and carefully because this is not the type of item that can be repaired. Instead, if something happens to break the seal between the two panes of glass, the entire window needs to be repurchased. When you are looking at and evaluating your window replacement options, you should look at the energy efficiency that each rating is showing. Then, you'll have a better idea of how effective it will be in your particular region. Different parts of the country experience various climates throughout the year. When you can prepare for this, then you'll be able to choose not only the type of replacement window material, but also how much you want to spend on a higher quality item.

It's important that you consult with a professional about this because they will more than likely have the most up-to-date information for you. However, you can always research the double pane manufacturer's website and check out their double pane window replacement data as well. Usually, an online catalog will not only give you the numbers you're looking for, but also picture examples of each one. Then, you can see examples of where these replacement window choices have been used and why they chose double pane in the first place. Similarities between your situations might help you make a decision between one and another.

Using Manufacturer Test Ratings

The letter U and R both reflect how well these double pane window replacement selections have performed in various manufacturer tests. These exist so that consumers can be more educated before they actually complete the purchase of a double pane window replacement. The coatings that are applied to these double pane selections allow you to protect your furniture, floors and even sensitive people to a lot of the heat that comes in from the outside. In certain rooms, like baby nurseries, senior bedrooms and other portions of your home where you don't want the furniture to fade, these can be very helpful. However, in cold climates, they work just as well.

Many times, if you have stood by an old double pane window, you'll be able to feel the cold weather from the outside. However, with these replacement window style selections, that will not happen. You can maintain the temperature inside your home or office without having to constantly turn on the heater or air conditioner. Obviously, this is going to help you save money almost immediately. Even if you have to spend a little more on the double pane window replacement right away, you should be able to make this back in a very short time.

Asking about Purchase Rebates

Sometimes, energy providers will also have rebate programs for choosing a certain kind of double pane window replacement. These can be discussed when you talk to your representative and they let you know which brands qualify. When you have this information in hand, then you can narrow down your double pane choices when you get to the store or website. By only choosing those replacement window items that are eligible, you'll be focusing your time on something that will benefit you right now and in the future.

Also check to see if the manufacturer is offering a double pane window replacement rebate where you can mail in a copy of your receipt and receive a refund of a portion of the purchase price. By doubling up on price breaks like this, you can significantly lower the cost of your double pane windows. The of material that you choose will also make a difference, such as whether that is wood, fiberglass or even vinyl. You are no longer limited to just a single category of choices like glass for your replacement selection.

If there is an additional feature that you want to be added to your double pane window replacement, such as a frosting or a textured design, then talk to the manufacturer about this. Because everything has to be done at approximately the same time, it should be shipped ready to install. That way, you can be sure that any tints or shading that is purchased and included will fit into the frame in one piece. It also helps to prevent leaks later that could cause problems.

After you have installed the double pane window replacement, then you can go around the frame and check for tears, rips or anything that might have happened during the process. It's important to make sure that you're happy with everything right there and that water is not going to find a way inside either. Clearly, this is only going to sabotage your efforts and cost you even more money to correct. Instead, do it right the first time and follow up on maintenance.

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