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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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Crownsville Replacement Windows

Crownsville replacement windows can complement the architecture of a home while improving its energy-efficiency. There is little that can do more to damage the curb appeal of a beautiful home than ugly windows. Poorly designed, ill-fitting or unmaintained windows are an eyesore, and they could be lowering your home's market value. If your home seems difficult to heat and cool properly, the fenestrations may be to blame. Stop wasting money on utilities while your house decreases in value and invest in Crownsville replacement windows.

Crownsville is a census-designated place near Bowie, MD. Located in central Maryland, Crownsville is an affluent area on the waterfront of Maynadier Creek and the Severn River. Most Crownsville homes are relatively new construction in a variety of styles including Neocolonial, Colonial Revival, Ranch and Contemporary. Bowie, MD boasts more than 20 historic sites that showcase the various historic styles that have influenced construction here.

The Mid Atlantic region experiences climate fluctuations that should be considered when shopping for Crownsville replacement windows. Summers in the eastern part of Maryland are mild, sometimes becoming quite hot, and humid. Winters are cool. but brief periods of heavy snowfall do occur. A window of poor quality is essentially a hole in your wall for outside temperature extremes to penetrate your house. High quality Crownsville replacement windows keep your home comfortable, no matter the weather.

Efficient Window Properties

Window technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over recent decades. Energy efficiency is not only better for the environment thanks to the reduction of greenhouse gases in Crownsville homes fitted with an efficient replacement system. A Bowie replacement window unit with energy efficient technology can also save you money on heating and cooling, improve your view and daylight, reducing fading of fabrics and items in the home and prevent unattractive condensation. A window with the highest energy ratings does cost more than an inefficient unit, but the savings over the long run can be significant. Think long-term and consider these an investment in the future.

Every replacement window should have a label by the National Fenestration Rating Council that includes several measures of efficiency properties. To dissect which of these should concern you, you will need a brief primer on what they mean. U-factor is a measure of the rate of heat loss through a window. A window with a lower U-factor is a better insulator and can lower your heating bills.

Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) measures how much solar heat is admitted through Crownsville replacement windows. A high SHGC is desirable for people in very cold climates who can use solar heat to warm their homes naturally, while a low SHGC is preferable in warm climates where residents want to keep heat out. Visible transmittance (VT) is the amount of light that comes through the window. A higher VT can reduce your electric bills because more natural light allows you to keep artificial lights turned off during daylight hours.

Some NFRC labels include an air leakage rating, which measures how much air passes through the Maryland replacement windows. Higher quality windows have lower air leakage thanks to tighter construction, but this measurement is far less important than U-factor and SHGC in terms of efficiency. Another optional rating is condensation resistance, which indicates how well a window resists condensation in cold weather.

The recommended ratings for Crownsville replacement windows are based on the climate zone where Crownsville is located. Residents here should consider replacement units with a U-factor of 0.32 or less and a SHGC of 0.40 or less. Replacement windows that are in direct sunlight most of the day may need a SHGC of 0.30 or less, especially if you seem to run the air conditioner often.

Choosing a Contractor

Crownsville replacement windows are only as good as their installation, and it would be a pity to invest a large amount of money in Crownsville replacement windows that are poorly-installed. Choosing a Crownsville contractor with experience, expertise and scrupulous business practices helps ensure that your investment is worthwhile. Many dealers throw in installation with the sale of replacement windows (at a price, of course), but do some independent research before agreeing to their terms.

One safe bet is to contact the manufacturer of your Crownsville replacement windows for a list of licensed contractors. Companies may recommend a professional who is specially trained to handle that brand of window, which could protect your warranty from negation due to faulty installation. Unaffiliated contractors may be just as qualified, but check the ramifications for your warranty if you do not use the dealer or manufacturer's services. Any contractor you hire should be bonded and insured. This protects you from liability if he is hurt on your property, and it protects your assets from loss by damage or theft. Any contractor worth his salt will take these precautions.

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