Replacement Window Styles & Types
At West Chicago Replacement Windows, we offer our customers quality upvc vinyl replacement windows with the highest quality of workmanship in Chicagoland area. These products afford the maximum durability and energy efficiency available in the market. Our windows feature technology that give them a very low U-Factor. The lower the U-factor the higher the savings on your energy bill. And, they are built to last through years of extreme temperature, wind and water conditions. Every window company makes claims – so be sure to compare our windows against the others for strength and energy-efficiency.
Single hung replacement windows feature a fixed top sash and movable bottom sash that tilts inward for easy cleaning. Single-hung windows are often the standard window option used in newer home construction, apartment buildings and office spaces. In a single-hung window the bottom panel, or sash, moves vertically, while the upper sash remains stationary.
Double hung replacement windows feature movable upper and lower sashes that tilt inward for easy cleaning. Double-hung windows differ from single-hung in that they offer the homeowner the ability to open each window, rather than just the bottom sash. Plus, the sash can be opened at a tilt. This allows for better air flow and ventilation, since the sash can be angled according to the elements outside.
On slider windows, the sashes glide horizontally. Sliding windows are available in 2 or 3-lite configurations with the 3-lite horizontal sliding windows having operable end vents. Sliding Windows provide an unobstructed view of the world, combining energy-efficiency, maintenance-free quality and curb appeal.
Bay vinyl replacement windows consist of three windows in a single frame. The center lite is always twice as wide as the sidelites, which may consist of two operable casements or double hung windows. A bay window has three openings, available in angled projections.The angular lines and flat planes of a contemporary bay window are often considered more appropriate for modern homes. Bay windows protrude farther from the wall out into the exterior space, and thus add a bit more floor space on the interior.
Bow replacement windows consist of 3, 4 or 5 windows in a single frame. All of the windows are equal size and provide a circular arch appearance. A bow window’s structure is curved, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home. (These bow windows are usually referred to as a “4-lite bow” or a “5-lite bow.”). Bow windows frequently allow more light to come into the room, since they have more glass panes than bay windows do.
Garden vinyl windows provide a sunlit spot for plants and flowers and are usually installed above kitchen sinks or in dining rooms. A Garden window is a projecting, three-sided window that includes one shelf, a glass top and a single-hung or casement windows on each side for maximum air circulation. With a garden window, you can add a little greenhouse to any room.
Casement replacement windows are hinged on the left or right and crank outward to a full 90-degree swing. Casement windows are hinged on the side and open outward to the left or right. Usually taller than wide, their entire sash opens to provide top-to-bottom ventilation.
Awning windows are hinged at the top and crank from the bottom of the sash to open outward. Awning windows open outward from the bottom and are hinged towards the top using a crank handle while the operating mechanism keeps the sash securely open.
Basement replacement windows, also called Hopper windows, open inward from the top and are typically installed in basement applications. Basement windows are great way to bring in sunshine and fresh air into the basement area, when you are converting it into a comfortable living area.
Vinyl Picture windows, also called deadlites, have fixed sashes that do not open or close.
The Ultimate Vinyl Replacement Windows
Replacement windows are the type of windows which can be installed on your existing window in the same window opening. If your windows are quite old enough and seem more dirty, there is the need for their replacement if you wish to enhance the overall look of your house. The modern day vinyl windows can be the perfect choice which will add more beauty to your house. These windows are easy to install with accurate installation frames. Replacement windows increase the worth of your house and they provide more energy efficiency and increase the resale value of your house. Replacement windows are available in different types of materials such as fiberglass, wood, aluminum-clad wood, vinyl-clad wood and several other composite materials. These replacement windows are engineered to fit exactly on the place of your current window slashes and are made of dimensions 3 1/3” thickness. Most of these windows are placed in the openings from where the top and bottom sash are moved to their exact places.
The energy efficient replacement windows can help you maintain your home’s cooling and heating by its ability to maintain temperature. You can also save on your lighting costs as these windows are wide and can provide you enough light throughout the day to carry on with your work. Although the energy efficient replacement windows can be expensive at the installation, but can save you lots of amount in the future. The windows having the greatest efficiency rate are available at a higher rate in the market as compared to other vinyl replacement windows which are less efficient.
There are several types of vinyl replacement windows which are designed for different types of houses. Considering the best looking replacement window for your house, you can choose from various kinds of replacement windows that are available. When choosing the replacement windows, you must keep in view their ventilation capacity, security, privacy and maintenance. The different types of vinyl replacement windows are as follows
- Single hung Windows
- The single hung windows are same in look as the double hung windows, but the main difference is that only the lower slash is functional in this model. You can clean the exterior of the window by moving the sash inwards.
- Double hung windows
- The double hung windows look more appealing and are easier to operate as compared to the single hung window model. You can adjust both the lower and upper sashes. If you lower the top sash and raise the lower sash, you can let the warm air to move out from the ceiling while the cooler air will flow inside through the bottom of the window. Most of the replacement windows with double sash have the ability to tilt inside, allowing you to clean easily the exterior surfaces of your house.
- Accent Windows
- Another kind of replacement windows is the accent window which is made in a rectangular design with different types of designs. Accent windows are usually fixed on top of the door and do not allow ventilation.
- Sliding windows
- These types of windows have more than one panel, which can be moved horizontally on the lower and upper tracks. You can open till the half position of the window for air ventilation purposes. Sliding windows are very much effective in terms of air ventilation process.
- Basement Windows
- The basement windows are placed on the wall in a way that they can easily be opened from the top and are hinged at the bottom. They are designed to be put on the exterior wall of your basement, giving you proper air ventilation for your basement.
Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
It is very much important to be aware about the performance of your replacement window. The type of glass used in the replacement windows is the glazing glass which is made up of more than one glazing layers which are placed to make your window more energy efficient. The glazing coatings provide you a better U factor result for your window and improve the level of insulation from the heat and cold entering your house. The low emissivity or the Low-E is the window’s ability to reflect heat when it is given a metallic substance coat. These coatings can cost you an extra 10 percent of the total cost of your replacement window.
The Gas fills are mostly consisting of krypton or argon gas, which are inserted between the glazing layers of the window glass to provide better insulation and low amount of heat transfer into your house. If your house is located at a higher altitude, this method may not be useful for you as the excess pressure will let the gas leak from the glass. Moreover, special spacers are placed on your window for better insulation. These sheets of glass provide resistance to heat loss and help you keep your house warm.
There are several types of windows for your home which are available in the market. You can select the best replacement window for your house, keeping in view different factors. The most important factor is the cost factor which can be the most difficult part when selecting the right choice. Although an expensive window will increase the resale of your house, it will also provide better energy efficiency, helping you to reduce your energy costs. You can select many of the decorative frames to put on your windows to make them look more beautiful and appealing. These frames are also designed to minimize the heat loss along with the maintenance free fiberglass which is put on the exterior of the window. It is recommended that you must complete your window installation with the relevant outdoor wood sealer which is recommended by your window manufacturer. You are required to learn how to open and close the window that you have got installed and should also learn the appropriate method to clean the exterior of the window yourself.