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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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Replacement Window Ratings

Replacement window ratings let us know as consumers what other consumers or experts in the field think of the products we are considering buying for our homes. These ratings are significant because they can fill in the gaps in our product knowledge. For example, a window owner who has had the model we're looking at in his home for five years is well suited to share his thoughts on the products, whether good, bad, or mixed. And an expert group like the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which does independent testing on windows of all types, is well qualified to report on things like the ability of certain models to keep drafts out and to enhance energy savings. In fact, the NFRC is the independent testing agency that administers the government Energy Star program.

As most people would readily agree replacement windows that are energy efficient are generally superior to those that are not. Yet there are many other things we need to work through aside from that one statistic, important as it is. For example, the ease with which a unit operates opening and closing, or the convenience of taking out sashes to wash them and then putting them back in. All of these are important considerations that deserve our attention, in addition to another obvious one we haven't yet mentioned, which is financial cost. The price even of units that received high replacement window ratings is very important. Saving money doesn't become less of a priority when we choose to buy high quality home improvement materials and install replacement window models.

Energy Efficient Windows are Better

With all of this being said, it has to also be stressed that replacement window ratings are important. Just going out and finding the cheapest price on vinyl replacement windows certainly is not the ideal way to go. In the short term we might save a few bucks; but over time, we'll give it all back in home energy bills. It is tricky to navigate this part of the search for good materials. Clearly, we all want low prices. But the more you read, the more you see that energy performance can really make a difference in long term home heating and cooling costs. Replacement window products that cost a bit more begin to look more attractive when you factor in their long term impact on your finances.

The ratings that the NFRC and others come up with based on scientific studies are certainly not the only relevant data we should look at in this category. For any product you would like to buy or at least know more about, there is probably more consumer ratings information on the item than you would ever care to read. The important thing to look for here is trends, because there could always be someone with an axe to grind, and some folks would never give out positive replacement window ratings because they are never happy with anything they buy.

Consumer vs. Scientific Window Ratings

Replacement window ratings collected and presented by consumer groups generally speaking can be considered legitimate if the sample taken was large enough, and if it was gathered using scientific means. This is the only trouble we have sometimes interpreting the results of replacement window surveys and that type of information from these groups. It is always possible that there is something going on behind the scenes driving the results in an impartial way.

Of course, the same could be said for any testing agency as well. The takeaway from all of this is to examine the source of any replacement window ratings you look at and to make sure those window ratings have truly been assembled in a fair and impartial manner. If we can accomplish this, it is quite possible to discover some great replacement windows to consider and to examine some very helpful replacement window ratings that can simplify the whole purchase process.

Finding Good Deals on Windows

As consumers, sometimes we are guilty of overcomplicating things. Since we have free access nowadays to just about any bit of information we could ever possibly want, we have the tendency sometimes not to be aware when enough is enough. If you can see from the window ratings that you've gathered that the replacement product you're interested in is a good product, get some quotes and move forward. Use the results of your replacement window ratings research to drive your estimate gathering. Utilize the form at the top of this page, and be sure to zero in on products and brands that really interest you. Finding a great deal on a high quality product should be simpler, not more complicated, thanks to the tools we have available online. Save money and use replacement window ratings to help you choose the right brands.

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