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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 

Window with pebbled glassIf 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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Storm Windows vs. Replacement Windows 

storm windowThe decision between replacing your old windows or installing storm windows is the subject of a long and bitter ongoing debate among designers, architects, contractors, and home-lovers. There are many factors to compare, and each situation is very unique. Trying to assess the different factors gives many people a headache and often leads to rushed choices and misguided decisions.

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Vinyl vs. Wood Windows 

April 22, 2013 Categories: Replacement Windows Vinyl Windows

wood vs vinyl replacement windowsWood windows are fast becoming a construction solution of the past. Wood is problematic in building, and the end user seems to always be scrambling to keep up with its maintenance. Wood warps, splinters, cracks, and generally annoys us. The only problem is… we love the way it looks. Enter Stanek Windows. Stanek’s Wood Series Windows look exactly like wood, but don’t have any of its problem-child behaviors.

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How To Insulate Windows With Plastic For Winter 

April 19, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

How to insulate your windowsMelissa Skinner with Great Day Improvements demonstrates how to properly insulate your windows with plastic for winter and energy efficiency.

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Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows – Two Kinds of Beautiful 

Stanek Bay & Bow Windows PhotoIn our house, we have a great room with a little portative organ and a harpsichord. When we started planning our interior design, I decided that one of the things I really wanted was to make our music area as special as possible. We didn’t have any extra space in the room, so we ended up choosing to install a sparkling new bay window.

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