Posts Tagged ‘window types’

How to Prepare Your Windows for the Winter

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It is extremely important to prepare your whole house, along with the windows, for the winter months. When working properly, windows allow the warmth and light of the sun to fill your home as they show you what is going on in the outside world. If your windows are improperly insulated, they allow the warmth inside your house to get out and end up raising your utility costs. Depending on the severity, your windows could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars every year in the Baltimore area. Continue reading

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Best Windows for a Media Room

Traditional Design

Traditional Design

The living rooms and dining rooms are a staple of most Baltimore area homes and, in the past, a family’s time got spent there. Television, video games, and even board games got played with the children to stimulate their imaginations. Technology has continued to get better every year and designers have began to build media rooms to include a few of your family favorites. Your media room welcomes natural light that is able to enter when finished. Continue reading

How to Protect Windows from Bad Weather

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By keeping your windows protected during bad weather, you are also protecting yourself from things like broken glass. You must have your Baltimore home ready for bad weather long before it is at your door. Figuring out ways to protect your windows from mother nature can make a big difference in the damage a storm can do to your home.

If a vicious storm hits and throws something into your window, breaking it, the wind will start wreaking havoc on anything that it can blow around inside your home. If the storm is bad enough, it can end up putting pressure on the roof and pushing it up until it comes off completely. Continue reading

Types of Window Glass

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Energy Efficient label

There are multiple types of window glass on the market.  Just because you have a broken window doesn’t mean you have to replace it with the exact type.  Look at it as an opportunity to upgrade to the current products being used.  The majority of homeowners do not replace a functioning window but instead wait until they have no choice. The final decision must take into consideration your climate and types of weather.  The Baltimore area experiences multiple seasons so your selection will be different than if you live in the south.  Below we will go through a variety of different types of glass along with their features and functions.  All windows now a days are energy efficient (some more than others) so I won’t continually ad in the “energy efficient” tagline to each one. Continue reading

Types of Window Glass

Replacement windows

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Deciding to purchase window replacements is just the first step. There are several other things that must be considered such as the style and size of the windows. One a Baltimore homeowner chooses the style that they want to use; they will also have to determine the type of glass that will be used in the replacement window. Varying climatic conditions and exterior designs of the home can be determining factors when homeowners are making these important decisions. There are several different types of window glass to choose from and knowing the benefits of each can help homeowners choose which is best for their home situation.

Safety First

Laminated glass has safety features built in to its design. This type of glass is constructed by putting a plastic interlayer between two sheets of glass. Both pressure and heat are applied which creates a solid and permanent bond so that the two glass pieces work together as one sheet of glass. This design creates a solid structure which will not shatter into pieces if it is broken. Instead all the little fragments will continue to stick to the plastic interlayer. Another reason homeowners prefer to purchase window replacements with laminated glass is that it provides reduction in both noise and transferring of air. Continue reading

Replacing Broken Windows

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Windows

Up until a few years ago there were very few choices for those building or remodeling a home. But today there are many different types and styles of windows for homeowners to choose from. In general older windows were not expected to provide high levels of insulation as they allowed for heat transfer. This is quite possibly why so much research was expended in developing better window materials. Modern windows are energy efficient which is great, but they can be more difficult to deal with when it comes to having to replace one that is broken. It is imperative that broken windows be replaced as soon as it is feasible. Failing to replace a broken window can end up costing you in energy bills as well as take away from the aesthetic appeal of the home.

Replacing Single Window Panes

It is time consuming but it should not require a background in construction or carpentry to replace a single paned window. Years ago, window frames were made solely of wood, but today’s frames are made from many different types of materials. Most of the time when home renovations are done which include replacement windows, wooden frames are also replaced with more durable options such as aluminum or vinyl. These materials also require a lot less maintenance. However, if a window pane is cracked or broken it will not matter what the frame is made out of, it will need to be replaced. The frame’s material can make replacing broken windows more difficult. Wooden frames are generally the easiest type to work with but it is important to obtain instructions from the manufacturer before beginning. In most cases it is best to hire an experienced window replacement professional in Baltimore to replace broken windows or frames. Continue reading

Types of Replacement Windows

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For the homeowner considering replacement windows there can be so much information that it becomes overwhelming. While it is agreed that there are many benefits from home remodeling projects which include replacement windows, trying to choose the exact window can be confusing for the Baltimore homeowner who really is not sure which one is best. There are several different types of replacement windows from which to choose including styles, frame materials and glass options. These are the main aspects that must be considered when choosing which windows will work best for your home improvement project.

Frame Materials

There are four materials that are typically used to make replacement windows for the Baltimore home. The four types of materials are aluminum, vinyl, wood and fiberglass. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum window frames are lightweight, durable and very low maintenance. Aluminum can be used to make the sashes and frames much slimmer; but it can be less aesthetic in appeal than wood. Wood windows are long lasting and durable. Wood can be adapted to almost any exterior style since they can be painted or stained to achieve the desired effect. The disadvantage to using wood frames is that it is very high maintenance and it will have to be painted frequently. Continue reading