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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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Spring Branch Replacement Windows

Spring Branch replacement windows are an economical remodeling option for residents of this TX neighborhood. Spring Branch is home to young families who tend to rent rather than buy homes. Replacement windows can instantly update the look of a home, which can be a wise alternative to investing in a new house.

When selecting Spring Branch replacement windows, look for the most economical options. These will save you money in the short term and the long run, because good Houston windows can lower your heating and cooling bills. Good quality doesn't have to cost a small fortune. There are plenty of options that look great and perform well for any budget.

Economical Replacement Windows

Cheap windows will cost you in the long run. A window that is poorly made will lead to frequent replacements and repairs, which can quickly override the initial savings. They key to purchasing Spring Branch replacement windows is finding the most cost-effective options without sacrificing quality.

Window frames are important to both the aesthetic quality and function of a window. Aluminum frames are inexpensive, but highly conductive and considered poor quality. Fiberglass performs well, but can be very expensive. Wood is high-quality and attractive, but requires frequent maintenance and is the most expensive option. A wiser choice is vinyl for Spring Branch residents.

Vinyl window frames are extremely durable and do not require painting or other maintenance. They seal well, which makes them among the most energy efficient. They are among the least expensive when it comes to Spring Branch replacement windows. All of these factors contribute to both immediate and long-term savings.

Some people prefer wood over Texas vinyl window materials simply because of its appearance. Vinyl cannot be painted, but Spring Branch renters typically do not repaint a home as often as owners would. Although the color cannot be altered, vinyl is designed to disguise scratches and dings, so touch-ups are not necessary.

Once you have decided on frames that complement your Spring Branch home, choosing the glass is the next step. Many features of replacement windows are designed for cold climates. Fortunately for residents of Houston, TX, where the average high temperature is 85 degrees and the average low is 54 degrees, these features are not necessary. [1]

Double-glazed replacement windows are standard, but they can be manufactured with pricey "extras." Double-glazed refers to two panes with air or gas in between that serves as a buffer for extreme temperatures. The gas, argon or krypton, can be quite expensive because it buffers better. For the mild climate of coastal Texas, an air-filled window will provide ample insulation.

The style of window is another factor that can break the bank. Spring Branch replacement windows with designer shapes like bay, picture or round, are very expensive. Look for more common window models like double-hung, sash or casement. The least expensive replacement options are often sliders, which are an older style used in commercial building. Spring Branch contractors may have overstock of these that they are willing to sell at a discount.

Installing Replacements

One way to guarantee significant savings is to install your own Spring Branch replacement windows. You can save thousands of dollars in labor fees, and installing your own replacements requires very little experience. Basic knowledge of tools and caulking are all you need to install your own Spring Branch replacement windows. Start by taking precise measurements of the current frames and ordering replacements that can be easily inserted into the openings.

You must first prepare the openings for your Spring Branch replacement windows. Remove the old sashes and jamb liners from the frame, and sand the jambs and paint the surfaces. Insulate the frames with polyurethane foam. Caulk the exposed face of the casings and the window sill. Next, install the window.

Set the replacement window in the sill and tilt it upward until it rests tight against the casing. Screw in the window through the upper side jamb through the framing just deep enough that the sash can operate. Align the window and screw it into place. Finish the window by caulking, priming and painting.

A window is only as good as its installation, so obtain a detailed step-by-step guide to installing replacements before you attempt your own remodel. Once the window is properly installed, it must be maintained. Vinyl frames are low-maintenance, but proper cleaning, lubricating and weatherstripping can maximize a window's efficiency.

A sash window should have its tracks inspected regularly. Clear the debris and lubricate the tracks regularly for easy opening and closing. Having a window that opens and closes is a wonderful way to enjoy the quiet Spring Branch neighborhood during the mild Texas spring and fall. Residents can get away with rarely using their heating and cooling systems if they have their Spring Branch replacement windows in good working order.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Houston

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