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Foggy Windows? Condensation or A Broken Window Seal.

As soon as fall breaks toward winter and outside temperatures drop, some windows in your home may appear a bit cloudy. Depending on where the fog is occurring, the problem may be as simple as excess moisture developing due to the difference in indoor and outdoor temperature or it might be more serious because the window seal is failing.

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Condensation on the Glass Surface

Condensation on glass surfaces happens, for example, on a hot humid day when moisture may accumulate on the exterior side of your windows. Likewise, on a very cold day, moisture can build up on the interior side of your windows. Condensation on your windows can be worse when the outside temperature is below the dew point of the indoor air. Water or frost appears when warm moist air comes in contact with colder dry air.

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Replacing Windows - Keep Your Criteria to Three

To broaden your chance of selecting the right replacement window, narrow your criteria.


Choosing the right replacement window can be an overwhelming task because of the seemingly limitless options available today. If you focus on only three criteria, you’ll triple your chance of choosing successfully.
The three essential criteria to weigh are, your window budget, the window U-factor and the window warranty – everything else is ancillary.
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Chicago Homeowners’ Views on Vinyl vs. Wood vs. Aluminum Replacement Windows

Homeowners who choose vinyl to be their favorite material for replacement windows reason from the fact that vinyl is a high quality material and very flexible when it comes to usage.
With vinyl windows, regular painting is not necessary. Moreover, you only need to periodically wash the windows to keep them in good condition.
Vinyl is made from Polyvinyl Chloride, which is a very efficient heat insulator. Therefore, vinyl windows will keep heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer. This will always save you the burden of high energy bills as devices like heating and cooling systems will utilize less energy. Vinyl is cheap, yet very long lasting. Vinyl windows also come in different colors, designs, and shapes to choose from – you are not limited to just a select few colors or sizes.
However, there are some downsides to this window material. For example, vinyl windows can potentially fade in extreme weather conditions, especially in too much heat. When this happens, the window must be wholly replaced because vinyl cannot be repainted.
For some homeowners, wooden replacement windows are the best choice. Why? Unlike vinyl, wood can easily be shaped into various styles.  Wood is also very strong and durable and can withstand adverse weather conditions. Some woods, for example Mahogany, can last for decades without rotting. Wooden windows are also good insulators, thus, they can regulate temperatures during the summer and winter to save on energy bills.
Wooden windows have also got their own downsides, however, as well. Number one, they have to be painted regularly. This means an increased cost of maintenance. Number two, they are susceptible to molding which can interfere with the fiber of the wood. Lastly, wood can be affected by termites.
There are also those who are of the opinion that aluminum replacement windows are the best. It is resistant to rust, making it unnecessary to do regular painting. Aluminum windows are also very easy to clean. This way, the homeowner can use his time to engage in other activities instead of spending it all with cleaning the windows. Aluminum is typically less expensive than wooden windows.
The only tangible disadvantage of aluminum window is that it has low energy efficiency. It easily allows heat to pass through it. This increases energy bills as there will be a need to use HVAC systems more often.
In conclusion, every homeowner must look at the disadvantages and the advantages of these three materials before choosing on the one that will best suit him or her.

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Learn Which is the Better Option for You: Full Replacement Window vs. Partial Replacement Windows

Is a full replacement window better than a partial window replacement? This post is intended to shed some light on this great question. If you are planning to add some new windows to your home, and are still undecided about which option to choose, read on and learn more.
Full Window Replacement
A full window replacement also known as a full window installation, which involves removing the whole existing window, including the frame and replacing it with new components. In other words, full replacements involve doing away with the entire window, frame, molding, and so forth.
Benefits of Full Replacement Windows
It appears that full replacement window has more advantages than partial replacement windows in many ways. Many homeowners are often advised to opt for full frame replacement windows when:

The old frame is deteriorated or damaged beyond repair.They want to capitalize on energy efficiency by installing efficient replacement windows. 

There are a number of reasons to go for full-frame replacement windows. To begin with, this technique replaces the outdated window frame with something that can add curb appeal to your home. With full-frame replacement windows, all the mold and rotting problems will be taken care of. This can help to maintain the structural integrity of your home. Also, new window-frames are well insulated between the rough opening and the frames. For this reason, full replacement windows will save more energy; thus, reducing the burden of costly heating and cooling bills.

More time and labor intensive to installDepending on the window’s size, there might be a need to replace window treatments inside the home

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Argon Gas and Its Impact on Replacement Windows

Argon is one of the group eight elements in the periodic table. It has an atomic number of 18. Argon gas makes windows more energy efficient. Argon has a higher density when compared to that of oxygen. This means that the Argon gas between the layers of double or triple paned windows is less affected by convectional currents and drafts .The windows will therefore have a higher insulation value. This saves on the cost of energy since the homeowner will not have to spend so much on heating and air conditioning during summer and winter.  
Argon gas also reflects excess heat better when compared to plain air. Un-welcomed heat is inhibited from entering your home, leaving you only with the desired warmth. This is a much needed property, especially during hot weather.
On the other hand, Argon gas may have adverse effect on your window panes. Argon gas will dissipate out of your window after some time; this results in its reduced efficiency. This problem can be easily taken care of by using nonmetallic spaces that seal better and will not allow your gas to escape. Argon gas replacement windows are not available at higher altitudes (i.e. at 2500 and above). 
Improper sealing can also cause leakage of your Argon gas. Manufacturers normally use two methods to seal gas into your replacement window panes, namely, the one-holed method and two-holed method. The former is thought to be the best as it minimizes the possibilities of the gas escaping.

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Replacement Windows Buying Guide

Windows play a key role in our homes. Windows allows fresh air, light and ventilation inside, but they are often taken for granted. Windows contribute to the general beauty of a home, thus choosing the right style that suits your house is of paramount importance. However, many homeowners often have a hard time choosing between wood, aluminum, and vinyl replacement windows. This article will address the several ways in which wood, aluminum, and vinyl are different and how they are similar.
Wood Windows
Pros: Whether you live in an old home or contemporary home, wood replacement windows offer a variety of colors, finishes, and styles to meet your specific preference or taste. Many homeowners are often tempted to opt for vinyl because of its low cost. Before you make such a decision, consider the initial cost versus long term benefits. Wood windows are more durable than vinyl and therefore provide more value for your money. Moreover, wood is an excellent insulator, making it extremely energy efficient.
Cons:  Wood was once an organic material. If not given proper care, it can start to rot while it is still installed in your home. You will need to keep mold and water off of your wood windows to ensure they remain in good condition.
Vinyl Windows
Pros: Vinyl replacement windows are made mostly of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) together with some other types of plastics. Vinyl windows do not need any staining or painting on the outside or inside of the house, eliminating the need for serious maintenance. Also, vinyl is relatively cheaper when compared to wood windows, and is a poor conductor of heat. PVC windows are the most popular replacement window options available right now. Their low maintenance requirement, high energy efficiency, durability, and low cost make them the best choice for the majority of homeowners who are shopping for replacement windows.
Cons:  Vinyl material may be a threat to the environment as polyvinyl chloride releases poisonous dioxin when exposed to fire. Furthermore, you cannot paint vinyl windows into the colors of your choice, thus finding the exact color that matches the style of your home may not be easy.
Aluminum Windows
Pros: Aluminum windows can be designed to meet or exceed energy efficiency standards. High performance aluminum replacement windows can improve energy efficiency by a large percentage. Aluminum requires less maintenance because it is resistant to corrosion and weathering, and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Additionally, aluminum can be easily manipulated into virtually any shape to meet your tastes. With an endless assortment of finishes, glass options and designs, aluminum offers a variety of possibilities from the cheap to most sophisticated window systems.
Cons: The main issue with aluminum is that it doesn’t offer excellent thermal efficiency. Aluminum is a good conductor of heat, thus aluminum windows may not work marvelously in extremely hot or cold climates.

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How to Choose a Replacement Window for Your Chicago Home

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A home without beautiful windows will be lifeless and dull. Your home needs a window for light, fresh air, insulation, and more. But it’s vitally important to have the best window installed in your house. About 20 to 25% of a home’s heating and cooling use attributed to doors and windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Thus, you need to be very careful when choosing replacement windows. There are many aspects to be kept in mind. To get the most out of your replacement windows for your home, you need to know certain key things, and here are some of them.
Replacement windows come in wood, clad wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass. Each has its own features and performs differently. Vinyl, also known as polyvinyl chloride plastic, is one of the most popular materials for replacement windows. The material is less expensive which makes it more attractive, but the minimal choice of colors makes it less versatile. Aluminum is strong and less heavy, but not very efficient. Wood windows remain the top choice for replacement. Wood is naturally beautiful and can be painted into different colors to match many home styles. However, unlike vinyl, wood require lots of maintenance.
Low-E Glass
Low-E Glass (low-remittance) coatings are thin, nearly invisible, metallic oxide films placed on a glazing surface in order to minimize the U-factor by preventing heat transfer or heat flow. Coating the glass surface of a window with a Low-E Glass material and depositing coatings between the glass layers suppress heat flow through the window. Choosing Low-E Glass will help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.   
Gas Fills
Between the panes of double or triple paned replacement windows, an inert gas such as Krypton or Argon is placed in to improve its thermal performance. Krypton or Argon is used because the two are denser than normal air. They are harmless, have higher resistances to heat transfer than typical air, thus they are good for lowering the window’s U-Factor.
Single, Double and Triple Paned Windows
Most replacement windows come in three styles: single, double, or triple pane glass windows. A single pane window is typically less expensive, but it offers little or no insulation. Double and triple pane replacement windows have layers of glass between the panes to minimize heat loss through the window.
Other Factors
Other aspects may include cost, maintenance required, solar heat gain coefficient, and air leakage. The cost of a replacement window will depend on the design, material, and size of the window.


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Vinyl vs. Wood vs. Aluminum Replacement Windows: What You Need to Know

Homeowners who view vinyl as their favorite window replacement material argue from the point that it is of good quality and is very versatile. With vinyl windows, regular painting is something not necessary. Furthermore, you only need to occasionally wash the windows to keep them in good shape.
Vinyl is made from a material called Polyvinyl Chloride which is a very powerful heat insulator. Therefore, vinyl windows will keep heat in during winter and out during summer .This is what we call high energy efficiency and it will always save you the pain of high energy bills since there will be minimal usage of heating systems and air conditioners. Vinyl is cheap, yet so durable, and they also come in a variety of colors to choose from.
To some home owners, wooden replacement windows are the best. Unlike vinyl, wood can easily be shaped into various designs. Wood is also arguably stronger and more durable, and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Some woods, for example Mahogany, can be last for several decades. Wooden windows are also good insulators, thus, just like vinyl, they regulate temperatures during summer and winter to save on the energy bills.
There are also those who think that aluminum replacement windows are the best. It is a material that is resistant to rust, making it unnecessary to regularly paint it. Aluminum windows are very easy to clean. The homeowner can therefore use his precious time doing other activities instead of spending it all on cleaning windows. The windows are also very affordable, sometimes even cheaper than wooden windows.
In conclusion, every homeowner must weigh the pros and the cons of these three materials before settling on the one he or she will best suit him or her.

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Compare Vinyl, Wood, and Aluminum Replacement Windows for Your Chicago Home

How does vinyl vs. wood vs. aluminum replacement windows compare? To begin with, let’s admit that comparing windows is a little tricky as different people have different preferences on which windows suits their needs. However, there are those who want to replace their old windows, but are not sure which replacement window to choose. In this post, we will try to compare the three popular window materials: aluminum, vinyl and wood. After that, you’ll be able to see which material is the best choice for your home.
Vinyl windows are arguably the most popular replacement windows available on the market. This is due to its low price, high performance, and availability. Vinyl windows beat their aluminum counterparts when it comes to energy efficiency. Vinyl is almost scratch-free, while aluminum is subject to scratches and dents. Maintenance is one of the major reasons many homeowners are selecting vinyl windows over wood and aluminum. While wood replacement windows would need to be stained or painted on a regular basis, vinyl windows are nearly maintenance free. They only need to be cleaned with water and soap once in a while. Vinyl windows do not require sealing or painting. The limited colors of vinyl and the fact that you cannot repaint it to your preferred color is, perhaps, the major disadvantage of these windows.
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Window Replacement and Energy Savings

If you have decided to replace your old windows, you have probably found out that there are a wide variety of window replacements available. All of them can add curb appeal and enhance the warmth and comfort of your home. This can also be a necessary step to be taken when you are preparing to sell your property to help make it more attractive to buyers.
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Replace Old Windows with Energy Efficient Windows

In cold climates, old windows can be a major cause of unwanted condensation issues, discomfort, and heat loss. In recent years, more sophisticated replacement windows have been developed in an effort to weed out these problems. It is now possible to minimize heat loss during the winter months and save a significant amount of money on monthly energy bills. Although replacing your windows is quite a costly investment, they are efficient and much more profitable than you can imagine.
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Reasons to Choose Argon Gas Replacement Windows

Argon gas is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is extensively used in making fluorescent lights, light bulbs, photo tubes and now replacement windows. It is denser than normal air and has a very low level of chemical reactions. In other words, unlike oxygen, argon gas will not corrode or react with any type of window material. These windows include a vacuum-packed unit that is filled with argon gas between panes of glass to improve energy efficiency.
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Choosing Between Vinyl, Wood and Aluminum Replacement Windows

Are you thinking of replacing your old windows, but do not know whether to pick wood, aluminum or vinyl windows? Are you always bombarded with commercials on the TV or flyers in your daily newspaper or just plain confused as to what's best for your home?  After you know what kind of house you have and what your needs are, it is quite easy to pick the best replacement window that will be a good improvement for your home and cost effective as well.
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Vinyl Windows vs Aluminum Windows vs Wood Windows

If you are remodeling your home and are debating whether to use vinyl, aluminum or wood windows, then keep reading and discover the pros and cons of the three most common types of windows.

As a homeowner, it is important to make a wise choice after understanding the good and the bad of vinyl windows, aluminum windows, and wood windows.
Choosing a Replacement Window
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Choosing Energy Star Qualified Windows in Chicago

If you are worried about the looming winter months and what the chilly weather means for your monthly utility bill, you aren’t alone. This is the perfect time to consider replacing your old windows with the energy efficient ones. This will reduce your energy bill, save you money, and keep your family warm inside.

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Single, Double and Triple Pane Windows

Windows play significant roles in our houses. Aside from allowing natural air in the house, they beautify the room, as well. When choosing a window for a replacement or for a newly constructed house, you may need to select the right type. The three common types are: single, double and triple pane windows. These windows are typically more expensive than their conventional counterparts. Nevertheless, for many homeowners they are worth the money. The three windows have their own advantages and drawbacks. So pay much attention to what you need.

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Energy Star New Windows: Save Your Money

Windows allow light and fresh air in the house. But as much as windows play a critical role in our homes; they can also contribute significantly to the increase of utility bills. That is the main reason many homeowners are looking for ways to replace their traditional drafty windows with contemporary energy efficient ones. Having these new windows not only saves you money on electricity bills, but makes your home look beautiful and warm.

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Full Replacement vs Partial Replacement of Windows

Many people are looking forward to replacing their damaged home windows this spring. They are looking for windows that perform and function better, need less maintenance, are more energy efficient and durable. Window replacement is not as expensive as some homeowners make it out to be. They really aren’t. In fact, they are a good investment in your home.


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Cost of Replacement Windows vs. Energy Savings

While energy costs continue to rise, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money on energy. Reducing the level of energy consumption is also the responsibility of everyone as environmental problems are becoming more and more horrendous. If you are serious about saving money by cutting back on utility costs, replacing your traditional windows is of paramount importance. 

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