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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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Ramsey Replacement Windows

Ramsey replacement windows can give your house a face-lift while making your utilities more manageable. New window-manufacturing technologies make new Minneapolis replacement windows more efficient than ever. A new window can control the amount of solar heat admitted through the glass, prevent fading of furniture and art and resist condensation. Ramsey replacement windows do all that and more while lowering your heating and cooling bills.

Ramsey is a northern suburb of Minneapolis in eastern Minnesota. The climate here is typical of the upper Midwest, cold and dry in winter and hot and humid in summer. These conditions cause heating and cooling systems to work overtime during much of the year to keep your Ramsey home comfortable in any weather. This range of conditions can also wreak havoc on the frames of Ramsey replacement windows, so regular maintenance is necessary to keep them in good working order. Buying the best quality replacement windows is a substantial investment, and taking good care of them can maximize their lifespan and give you the best return.

Shopping for Replacements

Shopping for replacement windows in the Minneapolis area can be overwhelming for people with no prior knowledge of window technologies. The technological language and numbers make little sense to the uninitiated, and customers can easily be sucked into marketing traps that cost them more than necessary. A brief primer can prepare you to set out to shop for the Ramsey replacement windows that best suit your needs.

Most of the windows you will find are double-glazed, rather than the cheap, inefficient single-glazed models of old. Double-glazing is the key to efficiency, but there is more to it than just two panes of glass. They will either have an air or gas fill. Gas, either krypton or argon, is more efficient at buffering cold air from coming inside during the MN winter, but it is also more expensive. For Ramsey shoppers on a budget, an air fill with warm-edge spacers will do the trick. The warm-edge spacer adds insulation and regulates the temperature at the bottom of the window, reducing condensation.

Most Ramsey replacement windows are labeled with various performance measures. The most important number is the U-factor, which measures the rate of heat loss through the whole window. In this state, a heating-dominated climate, Minnesota replacement windows with a U-factor of 0.30 or less are recommended. Models with a U-factor as low as 0.22 are available for superior heat retention, but they come at a price.

A high solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) can offset a higher U-factor. Modern Ramsey window units are spectrally selective, which means they can allow solar heat to enter while blocking other wavelengths, like light that can fade furniture. If you purchase Ramsey replacement windows with a SHGC of 0.40 or higher, a U-factor of 0.32 will still effectively retain the home's heat. If you find yourself running the heater constantly, look for a SHGC as high as 0.60.

You also want to look for a measure of air leakage. The lowest possible air leakage rating is best, since tiny gaps in the window construction can allow air to pass through. The transfer of air means your artificial heat is being pumped right outside, while blustery temperatures can seep inside.

Evaluating Durability and Craftsmanship

As with any major purchase, you will want to ensure you are getting the best quality product for your money. Ramsey replacement windows can last decades with proper maintenance, especially those that are well-made in the first place. There are several components to pay special attention to when selecting replacement units. Consider carefully the frame and sash material and glass seals when making your purchase.

The material used to build the frame and sashes has a significant impact on durability and performance. Generally, wood is the preferred material because of its durability and appearance, but it the most expensive option and requires regular painting and inspection to prevent rot. A hybrid of wood is wood clad, which retains the insulating properties of wood with a weatherproof vinyl exterior.

Vinyl is less expensive and very durable, but it can crack and fade in heat and sunlight. Vinyl and fiberglass are good insulators and maintenance-free. A new technology in frame and sash material is composite, a wood and resin product that is moisture-resistant and a good insulator like wood.

Aluminum is the least expensive option, but performance is compromised. Metal is inherently conductive, carrying heat right outside into the MN winter. In Ramsey, aluminum can become cold enough to condense moisture or even frost over inside the house.

Seal failure and air or gas loss from double-glazed Ramsey replacement windows compromises their insulating ability. Energy Star-rated windows have insulating glass certification, and many brands warranty their glass seals. Visit several dealers of Ramsey replacement windows to browse their selections and find the best replacement units for your Ramsey home.

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