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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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Alum Rock Replacement Windows

Alum Rock replacement windows may be one of the most important San Jose renovation investments you can make as a CA homeowner when it comes to reducing your home's energy usage. Windows are one of the most significant sources of energy loss in a home, and replacing old, under-performing window assemblies is one of the most effective ways to minimize your losses. With tightly sealed, well insulated replacement products on your home, you may notice fewer drafts, more consistent interior temperatures and lower utility costs.

The East San Jose community of Alum Rock was once a separate town, but the neighborhood was then incorporated into the city of San Jose. In its early beginnings, Alum Rock was a largely agricultural area, covered by fruit orchards. Over time, Alum Rock became largely residential and developed its own distinct style. Alum Rock homeowners can benefit from the energy efficiency and cost savings that high performance Alum Rock replacement windows provide.

Replacement Window Ratings

Shopping for replacement windows may seem like a simple enough task, until you see how many replacement products you have to choose from. Several different organizations or agencies rate Alum Rock replacement windows and other brands throughout the country based on factors that determine their performance. These rating systems may help you narrow down your choices when you're searching for the most cost effective, efficient models for your Alum Rock home.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is one of the most well known, widely respected non-profit agencies issuing energy ratings. The NFRC rates windows, doors and skylights based on their resistance to heat loss, air leakage, condensation and solar heat gain. The NFRC also rates the visible transmittance of windows, or the quality of daylight admitted through the assembly. Altogether, these ratings provide a picture of the performance level of a California window assembly.

UV Protection

Like other communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the community of Alum Rock enjoys a moderate climate, and most homes do not require extensive heating during the winter. The weather in Northern CA follows Mediterranean patterns, with abundant sunshine during the spring, summer and fall and mild winters. When you're evaluating the energy ratings of replacement windows, look for California glass products that offer a high degree of protection against the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Low emissivity Alum Rock replacement windows offer superior protection against UV radiation. Low E coatings are applied to glass to reduce the amount of UV radiation transmitted through the pain. Alum Rock replacement windows with a low solar heat gain coefficient, or SHGC, have a high resistance to heat accumulation inside the home. The low E coatings on these windows make them resistant to the sun's ultraviolet radiation, as well. If the interior of your California home stays cool, you won't need to use energy to modulate its temperature.

Gliding Replacement Styles

The style you choose for Alum Rock replacement windows should reflect your home's architecture. A clash between the style of your window assemblies and the style of your house could have a detrimental effect on your property's curb appeal. While casement or double hung models with multiple panes are often recommended for older, traditional dwellings, gliding Alum Rock replacement windows can complement contemporary residences.

Gliding models may include one fixed panel and one operable panel, which glides back and forth along a track. The quiet operation and unobstructed views that gliding panes provide appeal to many homeowners. In addition, the sleek, understated style of these models accents the simple lines of a modern interior. An insect screen is often installed to allow homeowners to keep their panels open to allow maximum ventilation. Because gliders do not swing out into the home's interior, they are perfect for tight spaces, like the area over a kitchen sink.

Caring for gliding units requires keeping the tracks free from dust and debris. Dust, soot, or smoke film can be removed from your panes using a mild cleanser, warm water and a soft cloth. Harsh or abrasive cleansers should not be used on the frames or on the panes. If your panes have been treated with a specialized coating, follow your manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid harming the glass.

For added protection against the elements, many homeowners choose vinyl or aluminum clad gliders. Wooden Alum Rock replacement windows can be coated with a layer of metal or vinyl on the exterior aspect, to guard the frames against the effects of sunlight, heat, moisture or wind. Meanwhile, the interior can be painted any color that matches your rooms.

Installing Alum Rock replacement windows is a significant home improvement project. This single project may increase your property's value, make your rooms more comfortable and help you reduce energy consumption. Compare estimates from the leading Bay Area providers to find the ideal products for your house or condominium.

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