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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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Bridesburg Replacement Windows

Bridesburg replacement windows can enhance the style and function of any home in this Philadelphia, PA neighborhood just south of the Northeast section of the city. Bridesburg is heavily influenced by its large Polish American population, featuring central European delis and markets and Saint John Cantius Church, built in Polish Cathedral style. A sense of community in Bridesburg is maintained by the townhome style of residences that characterizes much of the Northeast.

Townhome living in Bridesburg affords residents more freedom to implement design elements in their Bridesburg replacement windows. Unlike townhomes in other PA neighborhoods that are uniform in style, Bridesburg homes have Philadelphia window style variance, even homes adjacent to one another. Installing stylized Bridesburg replacement windows adds personality and visual interest to the home.

Operable Windows

Summer and spring in Pennsylvania are mild and pleasant. Bridesburg residents can enjoy the cool weather, fresh air and natural light by opening a window. An operable window is one that opens and closes, either on a hinge or a track. There are many styles of operable replacement windows.

A slider or sash window slides open on a track either horizontally or vertically. These are among the most popular styles of replacement window because they are easy to install and operate, and they blend with any style of home. On a single-hung sash window, the top sash is fixed while the bottom sash moves up and down. On a double-hung sash window, both sashes move.

Triple-hung sash windows have three sashes that allow for floor-to-ceiling ventilation. As the bottom sash is raised, the top sash automatically lowers. The middle sash is fixed so cool, fresh air flows in through the bottom as stale, warm air flows out through the top. The look is modern with clean lines.

Another style of Pennsylvania replacement window design is a casement. These swing open on hinges, which can be easier to operate than a sash that tends to stick. Newer models operate with a crank, which gives the window stability and prevents movement in the breeze. Casements are attractive and functional, but they require some maintenance since they are exposed to the elements when opened.

Variations on the out-swing casement are awnings and hoppers. Awning replacement windows open outward from the top at an angle. This type of window allows fresh air to enter the home, but deters debris and rain. Hoppers open outward from the bottom, and are often found in basements. Hoppers offer better ventilation than awnings, but they are also easily accessible for debris and intruders.

Operable replacement windows can help save on utility bills by providing ventilation. Controlling the home's interior temperature by opening and closing Bridesburg replacement windows can reduce the need to use air conditioning units. Allowing fresh air to circulate through the home makes Pennsylvania summers more comfortable and eliminates the stale air that can stifle old homes.

Window Lifespan

When planning to invest in Bridesburg replacement windows, homeowners should consider the lifespan of their investment. Some replacement window materials last longer than others, a factor that determines cost. Consider how long you plan to own the home, environmental factors that can age your replacement and lifestyle factors that affect how much wear and tear the window endures.

The window glazing should last 20 years.[1] Unnatural occurrences like projectiles and home invasion can prematurely end the life of window glass, but under normal conditions, this investment can last two decades. Frequently inspect the glass for cracks and condensation, and replace the panes as needed to keep the window unit functioning properly.

Wood casements and frames are the most durable, and can last up to 50 years. Wood can experience rot and cracking, but with proper maintenance, homeowners can expect to get at least 20 years out of wood casements. Vinyl and aluminum are less expensive, but also less durable. Still, if properly maintained, they can last 20 to 30 years.

The best options for Bridesburg replacement windows are wood and vinyl. Wood is long-lasting and minimally conductive, which means it retains the home's heat in winter. Vinyl is less durable and prone to cracking, but it seals well and reduces air leakage and heat transfer. Aluminum, on the other hand, is highly conductive. It exacerbates heat loss from the home in winter, which can drastically increase utility bills.

Window screens are prone to tears and denting. The best screens can last 25 to 50 years, but this requires considerable investment and maintenance. Screens allow Bridesburg residents to get more enjoyment from their Bridesburg replacement windows by preventing bugs, animals and debris from entering the home.

Opening casement windows exposes the frames and glass to the elements, which can shorten their lifespan. Inspect regularly for cracks and rotting of your Bridesburg replacement windows. For sliding Bridesburg replacement windows, keep the tracks clean and lubricated to maximize longevity and function.

[1] http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/life-expectancy.shtml Retrieved 2011-08-16

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