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.

Some brands our contractors use

Ballwin Replacement Windows

Ballwin replacement windows instantly upgrade your home, both inside and out. Attractive St Louis replacement windows give new life to a home's curb appeal, raising the profile of the neighborhood and the market value of the house. When those windows are also energy-efficient, they keep the house more comfortable in all weather and lower your utility bills. A quality window can be a long-lasting investment that pays for itself in no time, especially in the cold, snowy Missouri winter where heating bills can be through the roof.

Ballwin is a suburb of St Louis in eastern MO. It is a fairly affluent city, named one of the best in America by "Money" magazine. Suburbanites are often people who work in the city but live outside of it to escape the high housing costs and other perils of city life. People looking to buy a Ballwin home may be in store for some home improvements, and replacing the windows has a higher return-on-investment than some other projects. Likewise, people planning to sell their homes in the near future can increase their asking price when they invest in high-quality Ballwin replacement windows.

Window Frame Materials

The window frame makes a difference in both aesthetics and performance. Whereas classic windows were all made of wood, there are now several materials to choose from to customize your Ballwin replacement windows. Each has pros and cons depending on the style of your house and your budget. Visit a Ballwin replacement window dealer to look at samples of each Missouri window replacement material. This will give you an idea of how each would look on your home.

Wood is the most common, classic replacement material. It is attractive, long-lasting and energy-efficient. Wood can swell and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but proper installation ensures that this has minimal effect on performance. Wood is the most expensive material on the market because of its high performance, superior look and meticulous craftsmanship.

Over time, wood can crack and chip. Ignoring this can lead to rotting of not just the frame, but the structure of the house. Wood frames require regular maintenance to keep them in good working order. Caulk any cracks as soon as they become apparent, and paint the frames annually inside and out when you winterize your Missouri home in the fall when St Louis and Ballwin start to experience the first snowfalls.

Vinyl has become one of the most popular frame materials during its brief existence. Vinyl began to rival the popularity of wood in the 1990s, and the technology has only improved since then. Once thought to be quite unattractive, modern finishes can make vinyl look like woodgrain or match any exterior house color. Vinyl is also highly energy-efficient, since it seals tightly and will not conduct heat.

Technology is improving, but vinyl continues to have some problems in extreme weather. Particularly in direct sunlight, a vinyl frame can fade, crack and even warp. The lifespan is not as long as wood, but vinyl Ballwin replacement windows are also far less expensive. It does not require painting or maintenance beyond washing with soap and water.

An alternative to wood and vinyl replacement windows is fiberglass. It is not as widely-used as the others, but it has many of the same qualities as vinyl. Both fiberglass and vinyl can be filled with insulation for even better efficiency, and fiberglass has a somewhat longer lifespan. It is priced somewhere between wood and vinyl.

The last option is aluminum, the least expensive of all. Aluminum is not at all energy-efficient since metal is a conductor of heat. It tends not to seal as well, facilitating air leakage and heat loss through spaces and cracks. It may be an economical replacement option, but aluminum Ballwin replacement windows will cost you more in the long run due to increased energy bills.

Getting Estimates

Most MO dealers of Ballwin replacement windows who offer installation will throw in a free in-home estimate. A contractor will measure the windows and evaluate your energy-efficiency needs. As with any service, buyer beware. Most Ballwin replacement window contractors are probably scrupulous, but you can never be too careful.

Get any estimate in writing, including the brand, model and material to be used. There is nothing wrong with getting more than one estimate to compare prices of Ballwin replacement windows. Never fall prey to on-the-spot "deals" with contractors who pressure you to buy then and there. Installing Ballwin replacement windows is a costly investment, so you should take time to weigh your options carefully.

Before hiring any Ballwin contractor, check his references and credentials. Anyone doing work in your home should be licensed, bonded and insured. Check out his work at other customers' homes and ask for their reviews. Ballwin replacement windows can last nearly a lifetime, so get them done right the first time.

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