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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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South Philadelphia Replacement Windows

South Philadelphia replacement windows are an important part of insulating your home for the most energy efficiency possible. Although the frame type that you choose for your South Philadelphia replacement windows is critical, the glass is a key part of what helps to boost the efficiency of the South Philadelphia replacement windows. Since the state has a climate that sees both hot summers and freezing winters, it is imperative that you consider the products ability to insulate adequately before you buy. But, in order to do so, you need to know what glass types or Philadelphia window glazing are available for the replacement products for your South Philadelphia home.

Multiple Panes of Glass

When South Philadelphia replacement windows have more than one pane of glass they are referred to as double or tripled glazed. The glass panes are spaced apart in order to better insulate the unit. The layers and the air that is in the space work to prevent heat flow. At times, manufacturers use spacers between the panes of glass in order to better insulate the unit for your South Philadelphia home.

Filling the Space

Inside all windows is a space between the panes of glass. And, just like our walls have fiberglass insulation in them, it can be helpful to put insulation between the panes of glass in PA replacement windows as well. But, it would be silly to put the same insulation that is used in walls in South Philadelphia replacement windows as you would no longer be able to see through the replacement glass. So, instead, South Philadelphia manufacturers were left with the idea of finding an alternative insulation for these replacement products that would also be see through.

Pennsylvania window manufacturers found that if they used an inert gases that do not react with other gases in between the panes of glass that it would act as an extra layer of insulation for the South Philadelphia replacement windows. These gases has more heat resistant qualities than air does so it works well for this purpose. The most common types of inert gases that are used are argon and krypton. Krypton is the more expensive of the two but it does tend to perform better than argon. However, argon is an excellent more affordable alternative for your South Philadelphia replacement windows.

Glazing and Coating

There are glazes available that can be applied to the glass of the Philadelphia replacement windows in your South Philadelphia home. The tints in these glazing's will actually slightly change the color of the glass. This works to minimize the amount of heat that is passed through the glass panel and into your PA home. However, this glazing should be paired with a coating as well for maximum efficiency to lower the windows U-factor.

The most common tints that are used are gray and bronze as they work to minimize both the light and heat that is able to enter into your Pennsylvania home. Blue and green tints work to reduce more light than they do heat so they are not the best for thermal protection. And, black tints should be avoided as it tends to attract more light than it does heat. Please note that using these tints on your windows may affect the growth of the plants you have in your South Philadelphia home.

South Philadelphia replacement windows that have Low-E coatings on them do cost more than those that do not, but they will lower the amount of energy that will be lost from your South Philadelphia home by quite a bit. This Low-E coating is very thin and see through and is applied to the glass directly. In warmer climates the coating is applied to the outside of the replacement windows, while in colder climates it is on the inside. There are both soft and hard Low-E coatings but it is best to go with a hard coating as it is much more durable over time. However, the soft coatings are found to be slightly more efficient.

So if you are in the market for new South Philadelphia replacement windows it is important that you look not only at the frame type but also at the glass that make up your important product. You can add on these great features to enhance the efficiency of your new unit. By having multi-paned glass, an inert gas inserted between the frames and a glazing and coating applied to the glass you could have the most efficient product on the market today. Talk to your installer about which options would best fit your needs in this northern climate so that you can best insulate your home from the outside elements. The sooner you have them installed, the faster you will begin to save on your costs of energy.

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