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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South Laurel Replacement Windows

South Laurel replacement windows can make summers and winters much more pleasant and help you save substantially on your heating and cooling bills. Ill-fitting, poor quality windows let air pass right through, bring uncomfortable temperatures inside and sucking your air conditioning and heating right out. If your house feels uncomfortable in extreme temperatures, you windows are likely to blame. Making the investment in South Laurel replacement windows now can actually save you money over time.

South Laurel is a census-designated place near Bowie, MD. Located in southwest Maryland, South Laurel experiences significant temperature fluctuations from season to season. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are quite cool with some heavy snowfall. Because the climate runs the gamut here, South Laurel replacement windows must be great insulators to keep homes comfortable.

New Window Technology

An old, uninsulated, ill-fitting window acts as a hole in your wall for heat and cooling to escape. Glass by itself is a conductor of heat, so it moves the heat through the window. New technology adds fillers and glazes to the glass to turn it into an insulator, keeping the temperature where you want it. Old homes can lose a ton of energy through the windows, so Bowie window replacements are an investment in your comfort and home value.

A window transfers heat in four ways: conduction, convection, radiation and air leakage. The R-value of a product is a measure of how well a window resists heat transfer. U-factor, which appears on labels for all South Laurel replacement windows, measures the rate of heat loss. South Laurel consumers should always shop for products with a low U-factor.

One technology that makes a window resistant to heat transfer is low-E or low-emissivity coatings. Emissivity is the ability for a product to absorb and radiate energy, like heat. Low-E coatings are spectrally selective, which means they can be designed to either radiate more heat into a room or block the heat. In Bowie, MD, the climate is mixed, so a moderate low-E coating is preferable.

Double glazing is another innovation in South Laurel replacement windows. Instead of having just one pane of glass, double-hung replacement windows are two panes separated by an air or gas fill. The air or gas serves as a buffer to block heat transfer. Gas fills of argon or krypton are more effective than air, but they are also more expensive. Southern Maryland residents can probably live comfortably with a more economical air fill.

Choosing a Frame Material

When choosing South Laurel replacement windows, the glass is not your only concern. The building material of the frame impacts the product's ability to resist heat transfer. The aesthetics of the window frame are important as well, so consider the age and style of the house when selecting frames.

The go-to material for a South Laurel replacement window is wood. Durable, attractive and energy efficient, wood is a classic for good reason. It will not conduct heat, and it seals well. Wood does contract and expand slightly in temperature extremes, so some South Laurel residents may experience a bit of air leakage in the winter. Wood must be well-maintained to pay off, though; exposure to the elements can cause it to rot, so touch up the paint on your wood replacement frames each year.

Wood is also the most expensive option, which leads consumers to explore other Maryland replacement window options. Vinyl is gaining popularity because it is affordable, durable and a good insulator. Vinyl seals well and does not need the maintenance required of wood. It will not show scratches and dings because it is colored throughout, but it is also difficult to paint if you change the exterior color of the house.

Fiberglass is a new material for replacement windows. It is durable and lightweight, and it is generally quite energy efficient. In terms of cost, fiberglass falls between wood and vinyl. It is low maintenance and, like vinyl, comes in a limited range of finishes. To alter the color, you must sand and refinish the frames, which takes considerable effort.

Aluminum is a cheap option for South Laurel replacement windows, but it is the least efficient. Aluminum is a conductor of heat, exacerbating heat transfer and increasing energy costs. It does not seal well, so air transfer is a concern. Aluminum is also thought to be the least attractive material, and it only suits certain designs.

Finding attractive, durable and energy efficient South Laurel replacement windows can be a bit costly. Get estimates from several South Laurel dealers, and think about how your budget affects the sort of replacement windows you can afford. Everything is a trade-off, but some things are non-negotiable. Double-glazing is a feature you will not regret, even if it means sacrificing wood frames. Weigh all of your options to find the best South Laurel replacement windows for your home.

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