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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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Des Plaines Replacement Windows

There are many styles to choose from when selecting Des Plaines replacement windows. Your selection of framing type says more about your personal style and character than any other aspect of your Illinois replacement windows. You should take great care in considering your options in regard to this decision.

The Benefits of Wood Frames

Window frames have been made of wood since there were windows to frame. In fact, there was once a time when the only replacement option available to a Des Plaines homeowner was a window with a wooden frame. As time progressed and technology developed, other options such as aluminum became available. In today's market for Des Plaines replacement windows, there are several options to choose from, including Cellular PVC, fiberglass, and vinyl.

Some of these options are less costly than wood. Additionally, some of them require less upkeep and maintenance. There are even some, like Cellular PVC that look like wood. So why then, is wood still even an option? Shouldn't we save some Des Plaines trees and use one of the many alternatives that are available to frame our Illinois replacement windows?

The simple fact that wood frames are still produced and available for purchase suggests that the answer to this question is no. So, why is that? What is so special about wood frames on our IL replacement windows that make them still desirable and in many cases, the most expensive option for Des Plaines replacement windows?

Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. Every person who purchases wood framed IL replacement windows over another type has his or her own specific reason or reasons for doing so. However, there are a few things about them that the majority of these people seem to like.

Everyone Loves a Classic

No matter how much technology progresses in our society, people in Des Plaines seem to still enjoy the old standards. This is true for just about everything. From music to food and art to literature, the classics still hold as much weight if not more than they did when they were first created. This same standard seems to hold true for wood framed IL replacement windows.

Wood adds elegance to a Des Plaines home in a way that no other framing medium adds. There is something charming about an Illinois house that has wood framed Des Plaines replacement windows. Additionally, wood frames can make a Des Plaines home have a more antique feel. This is beneficial not just for homes that are actually historical, but for Des Plaines homeowners who have a newer house, but like an historical look.

Another reason some people prefer wood frames on their Des Plaines replacement windows is environmental. This is a tough call, though. On the one hand, trees are cut down to make these frames. Logging has always been a source of contention for environmentalists, and the reasons are too many to go into here.

However, the argument could be made that harvesting these trees is less harmful to the environment than the processes that make some of the other mediums. Mediums such as vinyl, fiberglass, and Cellular PVC are made with processes that involve chemicals and factory machinery. And it's not just the production processes that are potentially harmful to the environment.

While these mediums are extremely energy efficient, they do not decompose. While wood is an organic substance, they are synthesized. When you use wood to frame your Des Plaines replacement windows, you have the peace of mind knowing that should you replace any of that wood, it will eventually break down as all organisms do and recycle itself back into the earth.

With plastic window frames (or plastic based window frames), this is not the case. Plastic does not biodegrade. Very feasibly, if you were to use vinyl or Cellular PVC or the like on your Des Plaines replacement windows, you could come back to them in 100 years and they would be mostly intact.

This is not to say that any of this would happen. Obviously, these mediums are relatively new to the market, and no long term studies exist that could indicate one way or another if the inorganic substances used to frame Des Plaines replacement windows are more or less harmful to the environment than organic ones.

Additionally, the theory of the wood breaking down and returning to the earth does not take into account the potential harm that this could have. Wood frames are treated with substances like paint and varnish. These are substances that could be harmful to the soil if they are absorbed during decomposition. Clearly there are pros and cons to and arguments for both schools of thought, so this is something you will have to decide for yourself when choosing the framing material for your Des Plaines replacement windows.

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