Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for 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.

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.

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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Monessen Replacement Windows

Monessen replacement windows add value to your home while immediately saving you money on heating and cooling costs. When it comes to home improvement, few projects pay off as well as replacement windows. When a home is outfitted with old, ill-fitting windows, they may as well be left open all day. Air leakage and heat loss can drive up your utility bills, and your family's comfort is noticeably compromised. A good Pittsburgh replacement window system can be costly, but it is a great investment that pays for itself over its lifetime.

Monessen is a town near Pittsburgh, PA. This southwest Pennsylvania town was once home to the Pittsburgh steel company, and it is currently undergoing revitalization to restore it to its former prominence. Pennsylvania winters can be bitterly cold with plenty of snow. You won't believe the difference Monessen replacement windows can make for your comfort and utility bills. Stop wasting your money on heat that seeps right though the window, and invest in Monessen replacement windows.

You do not need a degree in engineering to be a smart consumer of replacement windows, but having some basic knowledge of new window technology can help you make prudent buying decisions. Not every home needs all the bells and whistles of the top-of-the-line models. Understanding what each feature does helps you choose the right replacement system for your home and budget.

New Window Technologies

Standard, old windows were simple a pane of glass fitted into a frame. This offered little insulation and transferred heat at a high rate. Today, the standard is double-glazing, two panes of glass separated by an air or gas fill and warm-edge spacers to buffer the cold air outside from meeting the warm interior air. Gas fills--argon, krypton or a mix--are the best insulators, but air also effectively prevents heat loss.

The glass itself is also manufactured to retain heat. Monessen exists in a heating-dominated climate, so all recommendations serve to help maximize heat retention during cold weather. Look for glass with low-emittance or low-E coating. This microscopic metallic layer is sensitive to different wavelengths of energy, so it lets is all the available light while also blocking or admitting solar heat, depending on the type you choose. In Monessen, you want all the solar heat you can get to warm the house naturally, so look for Monessen replacement windows with solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.40 or higher.

Another important number to look for on the window label is the U-factor. This measures overall heat loss, so a lower number is desirable for better insulation. Look for a U-factor of at least 0.30, though 0.22 is available for superior insulating performance. You also want Monessen replacement windows with the lowest air leakage rating you can afford. A window with a low air leakage measure is more tightly built to prevent heat from escaping through tiny cracks and spaces.

Standard Monessen window frames were made of wood, which is a great insulator, but it is also expensive and high-maintenance. Today, fiberglass and vinyl are more affordable alternatives. Both are durable and won't conduct heat, so they are energy-efficient. Steer clear of aluminum frames, which are highly conductive and inefficient.

Installing Replacement Windows

The term "replacement" indicates to some people a do-it-yourself project. The hole is already there; it's just a matter of placing the Pennsylvania replacement window unit in. This isn't quite the case with Monessen replacement windows, and improper installation can lead to enormous problems. Any gaps in the installation can not only wreck your energy-efficiency, but also lead to water damage that rots the entire rough opening. That kind of damage requires major structural repairs, costing you much more than it would have cost to hire a Monessen replacement windows contractor in the first place.

Monessen residents with some carpentry background and a good handle on their tools can take a crack at installing Monessen replacement windows themselves. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. Also recognize that faulty installation may not be covered by your warranty.

If you decide to make it your own project, order carefully: the wrong size replacement windows are nearly impossible to fit correctly. Measure the rough opening in three places along the bottom jamb, taking the smallest measurement for the height. Then, take three measurements on the side jamb, and use the smallest of those for the width. In old Monessen homes, the window opening may have settled and sagged, so you may get three different measures on each side. It is much easier to fashion a shim and caulk the space to fill in gaps than to sand down a window to fit in a tight space.

Monessen replacement windows are a big investment. Make it worth your while by ensuring proper installation. Contact a southwest PA dealer to get started today.

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