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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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Skokie Replacement Windows

Skokie replacement windows quotes give you the information you need to make a decision with confidence. If you've never purchased replacement windows in the past, the cost of this Illinois window replacing project may surprise you. Buying Skokie replacement windows for your entire Illinois home can be an expensive proposition, but many homeowners find that this investment is well worth the cost. In the IL winters, energy efficient windows can reduce the cost of heating your home and can leave your rooms cozy and inviting, even on bitterly cold days.

A Skokie replacement windows contractor can be your guide in finding the most cost effective windows for your residence. Local providers are familiar with the Illinois climate and can help you choose a model that fits your home's energy needs. At the same time, your vendor can introduce you to the different styles of Skokie replacement windows, so you can identify a style that complements your home's exterior and interior decor.

Caring for Wood Replacement Sashes

Closely connected to the city of Chicago, Skokie is a well established community that features homes in a wide variety of architectural styles. From the city's classic 1920s bungalows to the newest housing developments, homeowners in Skokie appreciate the benefits of high performance replacement windows. Wood replacement windows are popular in IL, especially among the owners of older, traditional homes.

Wood replacement products are known for their natural insulating properties and for their classic appearance. Wood frames are often thinner than the frames of vinyl Skokie replacement windows, a feature that appeals to some homeowners. Unlike vinyl, wood can be painted or stained in any color to match the exterior or interior of a home. The beauty and versatility of wood make this framing material a common choice in Skokie.

On the down side, wood Skokie replacement windows require more careful maintenance than vinyl or fiberglass. In the Illinois climate, where precipitation is common and temperature extremes characterize the seasons, wood frames are easily damaged if they aren't properly maintained. Wood can swell, rot or crack in rain, snow and sunlight, and termite infestation is always a risk.

In addition to maintaining a solid coat of weather resistant stain or paint, Skokie homeowners can take a few basic steps to keep their wood sashes in good condition. Exterior frames can be cleaned with water and a mild detergent using a brush with a long handle. A stronger cleaner can be used for more resistant dirt deposits. Apply the brush in long strokes from the top of the sash to the bottom to avoid streaking. Strong cleansers should be avoided, as they can damage the paint on your window frames.

As you clean your Skokie frames, inspect the sashes for signs of insect damage, dry rot or cracks. Visible gaps between the sash and the replacing panes indicate a source of air leakage, which means that you may be losing energy. You can seal these gaps with caulk or weather stripping, depending on their location. Cracks in the wooden sashes themselves can be sealed with a latex primer and paint in the same color as the original sash.

Condensation and Window Replacement

In fall and winter, it's common to see condensation forming on the outside of your IL window panes as the temperature drops. When you boil water, run the dishwasher or take a shower, it's not uncommon to see vapor on the inside of your panes, as well. However, if you see condensation between the layers of a double or triple paned unit, the assembly may have a broken seal. When the seal between two layers of double paned glass breaks, moisture may enter the space between the layers, leaving a visible film.

If the seal between the panes is damaged, replacing the unit may be your best option. Once the seal has been compromised, the unit will no longer provide adequate insulation. Condensation may also be a sign that the glass itself is not an energy efficient product. Before you buy Skokie replacement windows, you can check the product's condensation resistance by reviewing its NFRC label.

The NFRC, or National Fenestration Council, rates Skokie replacement windows based on several criteria that represent their levels of energy performance. Condensation resistance is one of these criteria. The more effectively a product minimizes vapor formation on the glass, the more effectively it may insulate your Skokie home.

Investing in Skokie replacement windows can make a noticeable difference in your home's interior comfort level and in your utility costs. Energy Star products, in particular, can reduce the workload on your HVAC system by providing superior insulation. Look for this specialized label, issued by the US Department of Energy, when you're shopping for the most efficient products for your home. Knowledgeable providers will assist you in making the transition to more efficient windows.

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