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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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Crofton Replacement Windows

Crofton replacement windows can enhance the curb appeal of any home, but they are not just for show. Quality Bowie replacement windows can also improve the comfort of your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills. They are a worthwhile investment for all homeowners and one of the most productive home improvements you can make.

Crofton is a planned community near Bowie, MD, in central Maryland, located equidistant between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD. Situated just 20 miles from both major cities its prime location and small town charm has landed Crofton on "Money" magazine's list of 100 Best Places to Live. Crofton was founded in 1964, so the homes here are relatively new construction. The houses may be new, but window technology has come a long way in 50 years, so homeowners could benefit from Crofton replacement windows.

When selecting Crofton replacement windows, homeowners must consider aesthetics, climate and, of course, budget. There are endless options out there, and while the cream of the crop is well worth the investment, budget-friendly options can give you adequate comfort and attractiveness. Consult several Bowie dealers to explore all of your options and start making your much-needed Crofton home improvements today.

Replacement Window Styles

The style of Maryland replacement window fixture you choose affects both the appearance and function of the unit. If the replacement you select is a different style that the original, consult a Crofton contractor about making the switch. As long as the dimensions are the same, it should only require minor adjustments to the opening. Replacing a window with a like style can be a do-it-yourself project for people with some experience, but novices should leave Crofton window replacement to the pros.

The most common style of Crofton replacement windows is double-hung. Double-hung windows, also called sash windows or sliders, have two panes that open horizontally or vertically. This simple style is a classic look for any type of architecture, and it can be stylized with multiple lights--small panes of glass separated by muntins. Operable windows like sashes allow you to open them in nice weather to further reduce utility costs.

Another popular style of Crofton replacement windows is casements that open on a hinge. Most styles are side-hung, opening like a door. Variations are awnings, which open out from the bottom, and hoppers, which open out from the top. These are easy to open to let in fresh air, but they often require more maintenance than sliders. The movable parts are exposed to the elements when opened, so they may need frequent painting, cleaning and rust-removal.

Some people may prefer fixed Crofton replacement windows to these operable options. Fixed units are generally less expensive and require less maintenance because there are no movable parts to break or wear. A bay or bow window is a stylized option that may be fixed or partially fixed. These jut out of the side of a house in a rounded or polygonal fashion, often with a window seat on the inside. The main panel is usually fixed, and the side panels may be a casement or sash style.

Another stylistic option that began gaining popularity in 1960s-era houses is picture windows. These are large, single panes of glass that let in enormous amounts of light. They are excellent for homes with a great scenic view, but they do pose a privacy problem. A picture window may also be less energy efficient than smaller Crofton replacement windows, since an unobstructed pane of glass has plenty of surface area for heat transfer.

Winterizing Your Windows

Energy efficient Crofton replacement windows keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside during the cold Maryland winters, but every window in the house can benefit from proper winterizing. Sealing up each window in the house will minimize drafts and condensation that can make the home uncomfortably in the blustery months. Don't wait until the first hard freeze to prepare your home. For the best results, take a fall weekend to prepare your home.

The first step is to fit each window with a storm window, which adds another layer of glass to buffer wind and cold. Then, buy window insulators, a kit that includes plastic sheeting affixed to the inside of each window and blow-dried to essentially shrink-wrap the openings in your home. They are not terribly attractive, but they can do wonders for your heating bills, and they are easy to remove in the spring. On a windy day, stand in front of each window with a lit candle to check for drafts, then seal them with weatherstripping.

Your best defense against a harsh winter is Crofton replacement windows. Buying a replacement for ever window the house is quite costly, so budget for a few at a time. Within a few years, you can have you whole house updated for the winters ahead.

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