Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for 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.
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.
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.
There are some very exciting innovations that have taken place in the world of Marietta replacement windows. A lot of these have come about in regard to the framing materials used. These materials can be very beneficial to a Marietta homeowner, as they are increasingly making Georgia replacement windows more efficient, longer lasting, and more affordable.
In the grand scheme of window design, Cellular PVC frames are relatively new to the scene. However, these frames are really making a splash. But what is Cellular PVC? Simply put- it's plastic. But this is no simple plastic, so don't dismiss it yet! One of the most interesting things about Cellular PVC is that it looks like wood. It has a very unique appearance, but most closely resembles the wood from a white pine tree. This substance is known as 'synthetic wood', and a lot of people in the Georgia replacement windows industry are really excited about it.
What's so good about synthetic wood, anyway? If I am going to have wooden frames for my Marietta replacement windows, isn't it better to go with the real thing instead of a cheap substitute? The answer, of course is no. There are a few key differences between real wood and synthetic, and they can make a real difference. The first difference is price. Frames for your GA replacement windows that are made of wood can get very expensive. With Cellular PVC frames, you can get the look of wood without paying the price for having them.
Another important difference between a real wood frame and a Cellular PVC frame is upkeep. Real wood is organic. This means it is porous, and is therefore vulnerable to the Marietta elements. In order to protect your wood framed Marietta replacement windows from rot, decay, and ruin you must regularly maintain them. This maintenance includes sanding, repairing, painting, and sealing the wood on all your Georgia replacement windows at least once every couple of years.
Cellular PVC frames do not need this kind of upkeep. Because they are made of plastic similar to vinyl replacement windows, they do not need painting, staining, or sealing at all. If you like the white pine look of them, simply put them up and clean them regularly, and they will last in your Marietta home just beautifully for many years. However, if you want to paint them, this is easily done.
It is very simple to paint the Cellular PVC frames for your Marietta replacement windows. In order to do so, you must simply choose an acrylic latex paint (this must be 100% acrylic latex, or it will not adhere). The paint must also have a 55 or higher Light Reflective Value. If you are not sure what this is, or how to determine the value of the paint you have chosen, you can ask at a Marietta paint store. Here is the information you need.
What is a Light Reflective Value, you ask? Basically it is the measurement of light that is reflected off of any painted surface in your GA home when it is illuminated. In short, it is the capacity of light absorbed versus reflected by the paint. If the paint you choose has the right amount of Light Reflective Value (also referred to as LRV, especially on paint samples), your Marietta window frames will look just as good as real wood. Additionally, because Cellular PVC frames are not organic, they do not have the issues with chipping, decay, and fraying that wood framed Marietta replacement windows do.
This is really a question you must ask yourself. While we have listed here many reasons that it might benefit you to choose Cellular PVC over real wood to frame your Marietta replacement windows with, the decision is ultimately up to you. However, they are certainly worth considering.
Of course using real wood has benefits to it. Replacement windows framed in real wood are classical, and add something to the look and feel of your Marietta home that is unique only to real wood. So the real question you need to ask yourself is whether the classic style and elegance that real wood adds to your Marietta replacement windows is enough to outweigh the benefits that Cellular PVC frames have.
As previously stated, real wood costs more. Is it worth spending the majority of the budget you have for Marietta replacement windows on the frames? Additionally, is it worth the added upkeep to your GA replacement windows? With wood frames, they have to be regularly stained and cared for. However, if you opt for Cellular PVC frames you can essentially have them installed and then forget them until their 'life' is up (usually 5-10 years depending on the manufacturer) and it is time to order new Marietta replacement windows!