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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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Uptown Replacement Windows

Uptown replacement windows are a valuable remodeling investment. Whether your view is the Montrose Harbor or the picturesque skyline of Chicago, IL, Uptown residents should have windows that do justice to this prime real estate. Uptown is an affluent neighborhood, home to the Entertainment District. Tourists and Chi-Town residents regularly visit the area for its clubs and theaters, and installing Uptown replacement windows will make you proud to show off your home to the many passers-by.

When selecting Uptown replacement windows, consider the historic beauty of the neighborhood's architecture. Many residents live in condos renovated from grand old hotels. Another consideration is energy efficiency and home heating during the cold winter months. Choose window replacements that maximize both the curb appeal and internal comfort of your home.

Picture Windows

Installing a picture window is the best way to take in the stunning views of Uptown. This large Chicago replacement window style gives an unimpeded view of the city or the lakefront. Natural light floods the room and a panorama of the view is framed simply by the window. From the outside, a picture window adds sleek, modern elegance to the architecture.

A picture window is a significant upgrade to any home. This investment adds value to the home and serves as a great selling point, should you decide to sell your home. Installing new picture windows may take a bit of professional remodeling, but having Uptown replacement windows installed is quick and easy, and a wise investment.

If you want the view a picture window provides plus the freedom to let in some fresh air, consider gliding windows. Like a picture window, a gliding window has minimal frame to impede your view. A gliding window slides effortlessly on its tracks, so opening and closing is easy and quiet. A gliding window is the perfect replacement for an existing picture window, giving you style and function.

Glazing Options

When installing Uptown replacement windows, look for those with high visible transmission (VT). The higher VT, the easier the windows are to see through and the more natural light is admitted. Don't let your Uptown view be spoiled by replacement windows with tints and coatings that can discolor a window. Look for glass with a VT value of 60 percent or better.

Tints and coatings on window replacements block solar heat from warming the home. Winters in IL, are notoriously cold, so you want to choose a glaze that admits and retains solar heat. Look for Illinois window glass with a high shading coefficient (SC). A SC of 0 lets in no heat, while a shading coefficient of 1 allows all solar heat to enter the home. A high shading coefficient (.55 or better) may lower home heating bills in the winter.

Uptown replacement windows fill a home with stunning natural light, but with the sunlight comes ultraviolet (UV) rays. These can fade your furniture and art and damage your skin with too much exposure. This state sees plenty of sunshine year-round, so protect your home and yourself by minimizing UV radiation. Most Uptown replacement windows block more than 75 percent of UV rays, so look for a value of 75 percent or better.

Insulated Glass

A large, panoramic window admits plentiful light and breathtaking views of Uptown, but it can also transfer heat, letting cold air in and warm air out in the frosty winter. Energy efficiency is an important consideration when selecting Uptown replacement windows. Fortunately, manufacturers offer many options for energy efficient window replacements that will ensure comfort in the home and reduce heating and cooling bills.

Double-glazing is a common element of replacement window manufacturing. Two panes of glass are separated by a layer of gas or air and sealed for form a single window. The double layer of glass and the gas or air inside serve as a buffer to keep cold air from penetrating the window.

Double-glazed replacement glass is often made with Low-E glass. This glass has a very thin metallic layer in the pane that reduces heat loss while maximizing solar heat gain without impeding the Uptown view through your picture or gliding window. These high-performance, energy efficient replacements are ideal for the cold winter climate of Illinois.

The most efficient double-glazed replacement glass has a layer of inert gas between the two panes, typically argon or krypton. These gases are less conductive and more efficient than a layer of air because they are more viscous, blocking the transfer of heat through the panes. Both argon and krypton are odorless, colorless and non-toxic. Argon is more commonly used because it is less expensive, but krypton boasts better thermal performance. Look for Uptown replacement windows with a combination of argon and krypton for exceptional performance at a reasonable cost.

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