Pennsylvania Window Replacement

Replacement Window types

PVC Bow and Bay Windows

These double glazing window designs are best for people who want to add some identity and character to their Pennsylvania home. Any window space that’s flat can be converted into this style of double glazed window and will give a sense of heightened space.

These windows also include additional dummy sashes which will create equal sight lines and enhance the overall appearance of your home.

You can also install hidden bay poles which will go under the windowsill and serve as a way of taking on a load while staying structurally sound. You won’t have to worry about whatever goes on the windowsill with this application.

PVC Tilt and Turn Windows

If you’re living on the top floor or even a couple floors up, the PVC tilt and turn windows are a great option to go with.

This design style is available for many types of contemporary and traditional Pennsylvania  homes. It offers easy clean functionality, a great level of ventilation and enhanced security with its tilt only option. This lets you ventilate your home while keeping the property safe.

It also opens all the way, allowing for exterior access if you choose. The benefit here is that you can clean the whole window without ever having to step outside.

Vertical Sliding Sash Windows

This type of window provides the same kind of characteristics as a traditional property whilst maintaining all of the benefits and functionality of a PVC window.

This is a great choice if you’re looking to maintain the overall charm of your property. Maybe you’re looking to replace old Sliding Sash windows that are made from timber, but you don’t want to choose a wooden build. This is understandable if you want to upgrade but aren’t quite sure what style you actually want. Vertical sliding sash windows are always a good choice of double glazed window.

How To Install Replacement Windows Video

Crash! You hear the sound, instantly knowing what it is. Someone has broken one of your windows. Since you did not install them yourself, you suddenly face a horrible decision. Do you replace just the broken window, risking the danger that the windows may not match, or do you replace all of your home's windows at once, a process that is likely not within your home improvement budget? The good news is that you do not have to choose between these two options. If you can identify the window's manufacturer, you may be able to get an identical replacement, allowing you to replace the broken window without disrupting the overall look of your home, or your carefully balanced budget.

Additionally, many windows have a warranty, and you may not know of this warranty if you did not install the windows on the home. The warranty may also pay for replacement parts, such as broken seals or latches, not just broken glass. Some manufacturers even provide lifetime warranties on their windows, so identifying the manufacturer is essential before you pay out of pocket for a replacement. However, it is not always as easy as you might wish!

Look for Stickers

Newer windows, particularly those with warranties, will have stickers on them. These stickers have model and manufacturer's numbers that you can use to identify the manufacturer. If you can locate this sticker, contact a builder or building supply store in your area to see if they can help you identify the manufacturer using the information. The sticker is usually located at the top frame of the window. This is required on modern windows, but if the window is older it may not be there. Also, it may have been damaged over time. Windows that are covered under warranties typically have identification stickers that are easy to find.

Look for Numbers and Initials

If there is not a window sticker available, look all over the window for any numbers or initials. Some windows have an aluminum spacer between the panes, and there may be a number or some initials engraved on this. Sometimes this can help you track down the manufacturer.

Talk to the Builder

If your home is a relatively new construction, contact the builder who worked on the development. There may be records as to what company they contracted with to install the windows. Of course, this only works if the windows have not been replaced since the first installation occurred, but it is worth a try.

Contact a Local Window Installer

If you cannot find a sticker and the builder is not helpful or is no longer available, consider contacting a local window installer. You can describe the window's features and any numbers you could find on the window, and they may be able to identify it. If not, they may be willing to come to your home, for a small fee, and look at the window to see if they can identify it. After all, they may end up with your business to replace the window if they help you out.

What to Do if You Cannot Identify the Manufacturer

If you cannot identify the manufacture, consider repairing the damage to the window without completely replacing it. You can replace a broken latch or window pane, or have a professional do it for you, and this may be more affordable than replacing the entire window. On the other hand, if the windows are generic in appearance, you may be able to replace the whole window without destroying the overall look of your property. Again, talk to a window installer or a building contractor to determine what your options are as you work through this process.

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Home Window Contractors in Pennsylvania

The government, in an effort to get homeowners to become more energy conscious, is offering a tax credit when old windows are replaced with new energy efficient ones. This money is part of the stimulus package that was passed last year.

The tax credit allows homeowners to deduct 30% of the total cost of the house window replacement off of their taxes for the year that it was replaced. You can deduct a total of $1500 per year, so the maximum per year that can be spent on replacements is $5000. You can always spend more but $5000 is the most you can use toward the deduction.

It is important to note that not any window qualifies for the tax credit. The government has released specifications on the types that are allowed. The windows that will qualify must have a 0.30 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and a 0.30 U-Factor value or better. These values will be clearly marked on the outside packaging. You can also visit any home improvement or manufacturer sales store as the associates there can make sure you select the best house windows for your project. Used house windows, even though they may have the energy rating required, will not qualify for the credit.

To avoid complications at tax time it is important that you purchase and install the windows in the same tax year. Since the credit covers the entire cost of the process, including the purchase and installation, you want to make sure you don't split years between the purchase and install. 2010 is the last eligible year for homeowners to claim this deduction as it expires on December 31st 2010. As with any deduction that you will apply make sure to keep all your receipts for all aspects on the replacement process such as labor, supplies, hardware and the cost of the window itself.

Since the process of replacing your windows will provide energy cost savings in your home, why not take advantage of the stimulus money and get and additional $1500 from the government for replacing windows in your house. The credit and the long term energy savings will pay for the replacements costs in a few years while you enjoy the benefits of the replacement.

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