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OTHER/NOT SURE
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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Timbergrove Replacement Windows

Timbergrove replacement windows keep homes in this Houston, TX suburb looking sharp and well-kept. Timbergrove is an affluent community developed in the 1950s. Many of the residents are the original homesteaders of Timbergrove, along with their children and grandchildren.

The Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association is a deed-restricted neighborhood, which means Timbergrove replacement windows and other remodeling projects are governed by strict guidelines. The purpose is to create a uniform look in the neighborhood. Be sure to follow the deed restrictions when considering Houston home replacement windows.

Approved Building Materials

The Timbergrove Manor deed restrictions specify that wood and aluminum may be used for replacement windows. These two options offer different features. The primary differences are in appearance and cost. Either material is suitable for the mild climate of TX.

Wood windows can be somewhat costly because they perform exceptionally well and look aesthetically pleasing. They can be painted to match the home, but they must also be re-painted periodically to hide scratches and dings. Wood frames are the least conductive window material, so they keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Texas wood replacement windows can last 30 years if they are well-maintained.

Aluminum frames are a less expensive option. Their lower price is partly attributable to their high conductivity, which negatively impacts energy efficiency. To combat their conductivity, aluminum replacement windows are usually manufactured with a plastic thermal break that reduces both conductivity and surface condensation. Fortunately for Timbergrove residents, the mild coastal climate makes aluminum a viable option. Is it rarely cold enough for aluminum frames to have a significant impact on the window's efficiency.

Some Energy Star products qualify homeowners for a federal tax credit. The program, which lasts through the end of 2011, credits homeowners 10 percent of the cost of Energy Star window replacements up to $200.[1] Ask your contractor about installing qualified Timbergrove replacement windows.

Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

The deed restrictions on Timbergrove replacement windows may not give much leeway on the appearance of your replacements, but homeowners have control over their performance. Taking measures to buy energy efficient replacements helps the environment while saving you money over the long term. There are several factors to consider when selecting energy efficient Timbergrove replacement windows.

Energy performance ratings indicate how much heat a window gains and loses and how much sunlight is admitted into the home. Heat is gained and lost through conduction, radiation and air leakage. Direct conduction through the glass and frames transfers heat in and out of the home. Sunlight radiates into a home, heating it quickly. If a window is not sealed or glazed properly, air leaks through and around it, both in and out.

Heat loss and gain are measured on a variety of performance characteristics. Energy Star, a government sponsored program to label products that are tested and certified to be energy efficient, takes these factors into consideration and places its decal on the highest performing Timbergrove replacement windows. Likewise, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label can be found on all Energy Star products. Its decal lists values for the measurements used to rate the efficiency of window replacements.

Look for the NFRC label or ask the manufacturer about the window's values on each measure of performance. An efficient window should have a low U-factor, which measures the rate of conductivity. Texas residents should look for a low solar heat gain coefficient (SGHC), which measures how much solar radiation is admitted through a window. This indicates that the home will stay cooler in summer. A high SGHC admits more solar heat, which is necessary in colder climates, but not for residents of Timbergrove.

Also look for a low air leakage rating, which indicates a tighter seal for less air flow. Visible transmittance (VT) measures how much sunlight is admitted through a window. This value depends on your daylighting needs. A high VT can produce utility bill savings because it reduces the need for turning on lights during the day, an overlooked advantage of Timbergrove replacement windows.

Caring for Your Investment

Timbergrove replacement windows are an investment in your home's value. To get the most return on that investment, they must be well-maintained. Double-hung, sash and casement styles of replacement window require the most care because they have many moving parts. Clear dirt and dust regularly from the moving parts of a window to keep it functioning smoothly. Clean and lubricate the hinges and tracks with a silicone spray.

Clean the panes of your Timbergrove replacement windows regularly to keep them looking new and smudge-free. Use a mild detergent solution or glass cleaner to wipe down the surface, and immediately dry off the glass to prevent streaks. Make sure to remove the grime that can accumulate near the panes as well. Check wood frames for cracks, scratches and warping.

[1]

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

Retrieved 2011-08-10.

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