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Most of us will have to replace the windows in our homes at least once in our lives, and possibly more if we move and the new home has old, outdated windows that need to be replaced. Home window replacement is not as frightening as it may appear. Custom-sized windows that precisely fit the openings left by your old windows are no problem with today's manufacturing processes. LR can come out and carefully measure all of your windows before ordering new ones that are exactly the size you require. Even better, we will install them for you, usually in a single day, for most medium to small-sized houses. We provide home window replacement near me.

When selecting your new windows, you will be able to change the type of windows that will be installed. There are many different types, including single-hung, double-hung, sliding, casement, awning, and so on, with single-hung being the most popular. The process of replacing your home windows should start with determining what functionality you want from your new windows. Is it more important for you to have good air flow or a great view? Most people do not consider the view they will have from different types of windows. Depending on your height, the frames and latch between the two window panes may block your view of the outside when using single-hung windows. If you are taller you can look through the top pane and if shorter you can look through the bottom pane, though your view will not be as clear because of the screen in the bottom pane. With a side sliding window you always have a full clear view of the outdoors no mater how tall or short you are.

Frame Material

Our replacement or retrofit windows are designed to make the installation as quick and quality as possible. There are many different types, styles, and materials as you can imagine. Vinyl frames are the most popular but other materials are growing in popularity and people realize the advantages of fiberglass or powder coated aluminum frames.

Fiberglass Frame Windows

Fiberglass window frames are essentially made of glass fibers and resin. One of the benefits is that it expands and contracts very little when the temperature changes. Recently there has been innovation with fiberglass manufacturing allowing for complex profiles of window designs. Fiberglass home window replacements are becoming more and more popular with homeowners because of their beauty and lasting durability.

The main benefit of fiberglass windows is that they resist swelling, warping, cracking, and rotting. Fiberglass frames can expand and contract at about the same rate as the insulated glass it contains. This improves the energy efficiency and strength of the window as a whole. Fiberglass frames do not need to be repainted to keep them nice looking, the frames are able to be repainted to match a new house color or style.

Vinyl Frame Windows

The benefits of vinyl frame windows is that they are strong, durable, and look nice for many years. Vinyl windows do not require staining or painting like wood or aluminum frames. Recent advances in vinyl frame reduce cracking, warping, and fading. They are very energy efficient because vinyl does not transmit heat very well compared to aluminum frames. They have a low environmental impact because they last longer than aluminum and wood framed windows. Another benefit is that they are also recyclable which makes them environmentally friendly. Vinyl windows are the most affordable type of windows available. This makes getting the size and type of windows you want within your budget. The disadvantage is their flexibility also restricts the size and weight of the glass they frame. Vinyl window frames can soften, bow, twist, and warp if they get too hot. They are also not very strong or rigid. Also the color can fade over many years of sun exposure.

Aluminum Frame Windows

The benefits of aluminum framed windows is that they can last up to 32 years. The reason they can last so long is because aluminum is very resistant to heat, wind, and water compared to other frame materials. It does not warp or rot compared to other types. Aluminum is also quite light weight compared to its strength which means it is harder to damage or dent. The disadvantage is aluminum is a poor insulator. Aluminum doesn't retain heat as well as other materials. Weather-stripping and thermal treatment can reduce this issue. Another issue is that condensation or even frost can develop inside aluminum framed windows, which can cause problems.

Types of Windows

Single-hung Windows

Single-hung windows have a simple operation with them opening from the bottom and sliding up. They have one fixed and one moving sash. This classic window solution is very functional and elegant. It is designed to operate without protruding. Single-hung windows are a great choice for places that face tall landscaping or other outdoor objects because it provides better natural light within the home and a view of the sky.

Double-hung Windows

Our double-hung windows open from both the top and the bottom, which provides more air movement and make for easy cleaning. Many have tilt-in sashes which make cleaning easy and saves you the time and frustration of washing the windows from outside and inside. This is great for multistory houses.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows open from the side to let in fresh air. Sliding vinyl windows are very popular for people in the country who want a good view of the outdoors regardless of their height. This horizontal sliding style is ideal for areas of your home where you do not have the necessary leverage to easily open a single or double hung window, such as behind a kitchen sink.

Casement or Awning Windows

These types of windows open using a crank handle. They can have one or two sashes that open and some have a non opening picture window between two opening sashes or one opening and one picture window together. This is a great type for people that need an easy opening window. Also if you like a great view, these are one of the best types. The downside is that the air flow is not as good as other types. Casement and awning windows are the best choice for homes in rainy and windy areas. They provide great security when opening up your house for airflow because the opening is not large enough for someone to climb in.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are very good for elegantly framing the perfect view. When you want to enjoy a clean view without needing to look through a screen, picture windows are the best. They are the best of bringing in lots of natural light and can have lots of different shapes. They are the most secure window not being able to be opened. These are a great option for houses with high ceilings.

Architectural Shape Windows

An architectural shape windows are specialty shape windows that add architectural style to the building or home. They can be uniquely shaped geometric windows like octagons, trapezoids, ellipticals, colonial arches, circles or other types. They can be a grid of windows at the peak of a building or on a wall. They can be a simple as very short and long windows above a counter top or tall and narrow windows along side a door. They can really upgrade the appearance and also light coming into a room.

Basement Hopper Windows

You may want to install basement hopper windows to light up the areas of your home where wall and room space are limited. Places like your basement, bathrooms, or even your attic are great places for basement hopper windows to be installed. These type of windows are manufactured with a heavy duty welded vinyl main frame and an internal weeping system. They generally have dual pane insulated glass. They are mainly designed for basements can be used other places as well. They are better than glass block windows because they allow more light into the room.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows combine three or more single-hung, double-hung, casement, or picture windows to create a point of interest in your home. Because of the side angles, they add an enhanced amount of light and depth to places like kitchens, dining rooms, and nooks providing you with the excellent place to set special items and create visual interest in your house.

Garden Windows

Garden windows bring you additional light into your home while giving your room a point of interest and a place to grow places that need a lot of light. They are often installed in kitchens and laundry rooms to bring in extra light benefit from the access to running water in those areas. These windows provide abundant sun exposure from three sides allowing plants to thrive but still providing energy-efficient aspects.

If you would like to know more about any of these window types and whether they will work for your home, stop by LR Glass & Window today or give us a call. We are here for home window replacement near me.

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