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Posts in Category: Replacement Windows

What Type of Windows Do I Need for My Home? 

Choosing the right windows for your home is not an easy task: You need to consider form as well as function because, depending on the style of your home and the size of the window opening, some choices will be better than others. Another major factor to consider is improving energy efficiency, a major motivator for consumers who wish to replace their existing windows. 

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Why Cheap Vinyl Windows Will Fail in 3-5 Years 

June 10, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips Replacement Windows

The old-time single-pane wood windows of the past used to last for 40 years, with some scraping and painting. Many windows today, however, don’t come close to that. Today’s cheap windows are doomed to fail at the tender age of just five to ten years, sometimes even three to five. Sven Kramer explains how to buy windows the smart way!

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Window Material Comparison: Screens & Frames 

May 31, 2013 Categories: Replacement Windows Vinyl Windows

window screen optionsIf it’s time to replace your windows, you’ll likely be surprised – and possibly confused – by the number of window screen and frame options available. Since it is important to purchase materials based on your specific needs, Stanek has created the following Window Screen Material and Window Frame Material charts for a side-by-side comparison of available options.

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17 Window Condensation Solutions 

May 06, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips Replacement Windows

condensation on windowsWindow condensation can be downright irritating, and in some cases, it can even damage your home, especially if you have older windows. It can rot wood molding and damage plaster, and the excess moisture in your home, which causes interior condensation, can damage your entire home, not just the areas around the windows.

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Standard & Custom Window Sizes 

standard window sizesIn the world of window sizing, there’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is that most companies insist on custom-making your new windows to the precise measurements they take themselves in order to deliver perfection. The bad news is that “standard” sizes for windows are more or less a thing of the past. Today, the word “standard,” when applied to window sizes, usually refers to the sizes listed in the window company’s own catalog.

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U Value vs. R Value 

If you’re purchasing replacement windows, you may be confused with the terms used to describe energy efficiency. The terms U-value (or U-factor) and R-value are especially perplexing for many consumers. Understanding the differences will help when selecting energy-efficient windows and insulation for your home. Both U-value and R-value measure energy efficiency and it is important to understand the differences between them.

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2013 Window Prices by Type & Option 

double hung windowsLooking for window prices online? You might be disappointed. For every twelve window manufacturers you might be able to find one or two prices on the manufacturer’s website. And when you do finally find a price, it will probably be a vague range of numbers, such as $5,000-$25,000. Not helpful, right? What’s up with all the cloak and dagger when it comes to window prices?

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How to Measure for Replacement Windows 

April 24, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips Replacement Windows

measuring for windowsSo, you’ve decided it’s time to get new replacement windows. Maybe you’re interested in lowering your energy bills. Or, maybe you’d just like to get your slice of the whopping 10% tax credit  that the U.S. government is handing out this year (2013) for new energy efficient windows. Whatever your reason, someone will need to measure your current window to give you an accurate quote and a correctly sized replacement window.

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Single Hung vs. Double Hung Windows 

double hung window pictureAt some point during home ownership you’ll likely take a look at your windows and consider replacing several or all of them. Older windows can result in a variety of problems and expenses. It is important to consider single vs. double hung windows: major differences exist between the two windows, ranging from the amount of available ventilation to the ease and cost of maintenance and cleaning.

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Tax Credit for Windows Installed in 2013 

window tax creditMany Energy Star-certified windows qualify for a hefty tax credit of ten percent of the cost of the window. This article presents a brief rundown of things you need to know to qualify.

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