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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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Kensington Replacement Windows

Kensington replacement windows can update the function of the Spanish style homes in this San Diego, CA, neighborhood while maintaining their historic integrity. Kensington was developed over the 1910s and 20s with lavish homes and an upscale business district. Today, the neighborhood maintains its rich architectural history with a dedicated preservation community. Many structures in the area have national historic designations to ensure their legacies.

Kensington is a quiet, upscale community of subdivisions with a mix of historic homes and new construction. The dominant architectural style is Spanish Colonial Revival, a style whose national popularity was originally born out of CA. Spanish Colonial Revival is a versatile design that is complemented with various styles of Kensington replacement windows.

Many small windows adorn the fronts of these homes. They are often casement style, opening out on a hinge. Accented with shutters and window boxes, this type of replacement window hearkens back to the romance of Spanish Conquistadores. This style has Mediterranean influences, so vibrant color is often incorporated through painted San Diego window frames that pop against white stucco.

Choosing Building Materials

Wood is the traditional material for Kensington replacement windows in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It has a classic look that melds with the historic nature of older Kensington homes, and it can be painted to accent the home's exterior. Homes with historic designation are usually required to maintain the historic integrity by using approved building materials, so be sure you are up to code with your Kensington replacement windows.

Newer homes are free to incorporate replacement vinyl or fiberglass, but these materials will alter the look of the house. Both materials are durable and perform relatively well, though fiberglass is more expensive. Fiberglass, like wood, can be painted to complement the exterior of the house. Vinyl cannot be painted, but it comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, some that even resemble wood grain.

Aluminum is generally not recommended because it is unattractive and inefficient. Although it is durable, aluminum tends to rattle in the wind because it does not seal tightly. It exacerbates air leakage, which can drain energy from the house. It cannot be painted and looks incongruous with many styles of architecture.

Good quality Kensington replacement windows should last several decades. Wood can last as long as 50 years if it is well-maintained. Vinyl and fiberglass can last 25 years or longer. The key to maximizing a California replacement window lifespan is proper care. Fresh paint on wood and frequent checks for leaks and cracks keep windows in good repair.

Energy Star Ratings

Old homes are notoriously drafty, and it can be hard to maintain a comfortable internal temperature. Southern California experiences enviably mild, sunny weather all year, but there are days when heating and cooling come in handy. Inefficient windows allow that air conditioning and heating to fly right outside, and that waste can be taxing on your HVAC system and utility bills.

Energy Star-rated Kensington replacement windows perform better, reducing air leakage and heat transfer. The features of Energy Star products reduce carbon emissions, and they practically pay for themselves in energy savings. Energy Star products have ratings of their performance on a number of dimensions. For the South/Central zone where Southern California lies, the measurements reflect the product's efficiency at reducing solar heat gain and radiant heat transfer, among other factors.

The U-factor rating for Energy Star products in this area should be less than 0.35. A lower U-factor means less heat is lost through the windows on cold days. A replacement window with a low U-factor is a good insulator, keeping the home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Perhaps more important for Kensington residents is the solar heat gain coefficient. This measures how much of the sun's heat comes in through the windows. An energy efficient window has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.30 or less. Highly efficient glass is spectrally sensitive, so it is able to filter out solar heat while admitting plenty of sunlight. Energy Star Kensington replacement windows are rarely tinted to reduce heat and obstruct light, so the home still fills with light, reducing the need for artificial lights during the day.

Energy Star does not have a South/Central zone requirement for visible transmittance, how much sunlight enters the window. A higher visible transmittance rating maximizes daylight and view without harsh glare. Energy Star also does not recommend an air leakage rating for Kensington replacement windows, but a replacement window with 0.30 or less will help maintain a comfortable environment.

Kensington replacement windows offer both style and comfort to residents of this historic neighborhood. Check preservation ordinances before making changes to historic properties to help maintain the beauty of Kensington. Fill out our easy-to-use form to contact Kensington dealers and contractors today for more information about replacement windows.

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