replacement windows


Replacement Windows For Dummies has had the great fortune of being able to interview some of the most interesting and knowledgeable experts in the world of replacement windows and home energy efficiency.  Below is a list of companies and organizations that have conducted interviews to date:

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Ply Gem Windows

Ply Gem

Cary, North Carolina


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Soft-Lite Windows

Soft-Lite Gorell

10250 Philipp Parkway
Streetsboro, OH 44241


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Kolbe Window & Doors

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc.
Wausau, Wisconsin



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Examining Storm Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

A storm window is a secondary window that protects the primary window and interior of the home against cold and severe weather. Storm windows are often installed on the interior of the primary window, but exterior models are also available.

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Examining Stained Glass Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Stained glass windows are handcrafted works of art that are used mostly as accent pieces for hallways, foyers, bathrooms, or kitchens. Also called decorative glass and art glass, stained glass windows are also commonly used in churches, museums, and funeral homes.

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Examining Picture Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Picture windows are fixed windows, which means they can’t be opened or closed. These large expanses of glass have one use — to frame a beautiful view. Picture windows are often found in homes with high or vaulted ceilings and they’re often installed as an arched window over vaulted areas, doors, and other windows.

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Examining Lattice Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

A lattice window is a type of window casement, either fixed or hinged, with glazed bars running diagonally. Early designs used individual pieces of glass for each panel, but modern designs are made of one piece of glass crisscrossed with detachable grids than can be popped in or out of the window frame. You can also use lattice windows indoors. Depending on whether your window is old or new, there are several advantages and disadvantages to lattice windows.

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A property owner might decide to replace windows for a number of reasons. The windows might be physically damaged, they may perform poorly, they may no longer be energy-efficient, they might be unattractive, or maybe they’re unsafe. No matter what the reason for replacing your windows, keep the following common considerations in mind during your search.

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Choosing the Right Replacement Windows

If you live in a cold or damp climate, or if your home is uniquely constructed, choosing the right replacement windows can be a difficult task. To make the selection process easier, make a list of what you’re looking for in a window. Many windows manufacturers list the following considerations as the most important when it comes to choosing the right replacement windows: 

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