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The Comprehensive Guide To Replacement Windows

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Getting Replacement Windows

Do you know the difference between the windows designed for replacement and new construction? Or do you just want to know more about windows? If you are here reading this article, I presume you are either looking for a window replacement, constructing a new one, or just a casual reader. In that case, you have come to the right place as this article is a comprehensive guide to buying the right window! Continue to read on as the content below contains all the relevant information you need to know about windows. 

Basics of a Window

Windows that are meant to serve as a replacement lack a nailing fin, whereas those for new construction have one. A nailing rim is a rim to be secured through a wall opening. On the other hand, replacement windows are secured and fastened in a window frame, which makes the whole installation process easier. Windows come in mainly two types, either fixed or opened. 

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Window Types

1. Double-Hung Windows

These windows are the most classic of all windows, they are usually designed with upper and lower sashes. Raising the lower sash while lowering the top sash simultaneously allows warm air from the ceiling to escape out and cool air to enter in from the bottom. Most of these double-hung windows come with sashes that are tilted inwards, allowing for easy cleaning of the glass exteriors within our home, without needing to step out of the house or lean uncomfortably out the window.

2. Single-Hung Windows

Although they have a similar look to double-hung windows, single-hung windows are different as you can only use the lower sash. In terms of cleaning, the windows are likewise easily maintained as the sash can be pivoted inwards. 

3. Sliding Windows

These windows are usually those with multiple panels that can move horizontally across the upper and lower tracks. This is a feature that allows people to open up to half of the window for some air ventilation. 

4. Accent Windows

Accent windows are more commonly found in various designs and shapes, although rectangles are usually the standard. A more unique design would be an octagon. The downside to these unique designs would be the lack of ventilation as they are mostly fixed windows.

5. Glass Block Windows

As the name suggests, glass block windows are built using individual blocks that have been sealed altogether with mortar. Qualities include thick and break-resistance, which allows for privacy and light to seep through into your house. The windows are fixed. However, there are also some with a built-in vent that allows for it to be tilt opened. 

6. Basement Hopper Windows

These windows have a hinge on their bottom and are open from the top. They are usually used to provide airflow within a basement, and they are often located low and fixed onto a wall.

Other Window Types 

  1. Projection windows

Projection windows are those that extend out of your house. For example, a bow window is assembled with three or more units positioned at angles of 10 degrees. Bay windows on the other hand are somewhat similar but put together at greater angles of 30/45 degrees, which means they project out even further. 

2. Picture windows

Picture windows are fixed and they provide unobstructed and wide views with plentiful light.

3. Casement windows

Casement windows have a hinge on one side and are tilted outwards for ventilation.

4. Awning windows

Awning windows come with a top-hinged sash. It is designed to keep the rain out even when the windows are opened. 

5. Skylights

Skylights can be either fixed or opened and they are mounted on the ceiling. It functions as an overhead light fixture during the day. They come in both large and small sizes which are compatible with any roof support type.

6. Storm windows

Storm windows reduce airflow into the house and are great for making your single-pane windows more energy efficient. Added insulation is created due to a space between the existing window and the storm window.

Material Of The Window Frame 

Next, another important component to windows would be its frame. The material of the frame affects certain factors such as durability, maintenance, and heat transfer.

  • Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most common materials for replacement windows. They are made from strong, impact-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and hollow chambers are present inside which aids heat transfer resistance and prevents condensation. Vinyl windows do not need any painting as the material is not prone to fading or rotting.

  • Aluminum

Aluminum is the next economical alternative for replacement windows. Not only is it durable, but it is also light and corrosive resistant, which means it is low-maintenance.

  • Wood

Moving onto the popular material, wood is frequently used for a window’s interior window. This is because wood is a poor conductor of heat which means condensation is unlikely to take place. However, wood windows are usually unfinished, but this can be salvaged through purchasing windows that are already primed on both interior and exterior surfaces. Furthermore, they are also painted in various colors, available for sale.

  • Fiberglass

Being both waterproof and highly durable, fiberglass windows are less likely to crack, rust, rot, bend, or peel, proving that they are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance. Neither would the frames expand or contract as there are both lower thermal expansion and lower heat conductivity processes going on. 

Tips For Window Cleaning

If you search online for window cleaning tips, many variations of methods would probably appear but a formula that works well for making your windows squeaky clean is a mixture of about one gallon of water and one cup of vinegar. You may also replace the vinegar with a teaspoon’s worth of baby shampoo. The following is the recommended steps when cleaning a window:

  • First, rinse the surface of the window with water.
  • Clean with the mixtures mentioned above using a sponge. Make sure to apply uniform pressure across both horizontally and vertically.
  • Do not allow for solutions to accumulate on vinyl surfaces. Quickly rinse and dry. 
  • Remember to rinse thoroughly without allowing your cleaning solution to dry, which will stain the glass.
  • Wipe the glass of the window, its frame, and the sill with a dry, lint-free cloth.


With that said, we have reached the end of this article and we hope that it’s been a pleasant and easy-to-read guide for you, all the best with your window replacement!

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