Window replacement Glen Carbon IL

Do Different Home Window Styles Make any Difference?

Many people mistakenly think that the style of your home replacement window is merely a superficial choice. But window styles go well beyond their look–window styles provide a functional difference, too.

Selecting the right window style can dramatically enhance the overall look of your home, both inside and out. Like your home to be cozy on chilly winter evenings? Want your windows to open and close easily? Prefer easy cleaning and maintenance? Want a window that matches your home’s architecture? You guessed it – window styles have everything to do with those, too.

Before we delve deeper, let’s start with Window Style 101. Understanding differences between the basic styles is actually much simpler than you may realize.

Choosing Between Double Hung and Single Hung Windows

Double hung and single hung windows are very similar to each other, except for one major difference. On double hung windows both sash in the window frame are operable, meaning they move up and down. The sashes on a double hung window also tilt in for easy cleaning.

On single hung windows, the top sash is fixed in place and does not move or tilt in, but the bottom is operable.

If you live in a dusty area, the double hung window is easier to clean. Though if the windows are going to be on the first floor, cleaning a single hung from the outside may not be an issue.

What are Slider Windows?

A slider window is a window that opens by sliding the windows panes side to side on a track in the window frame. It’s a good window style choice when the size of the window is much wider than it is high. These windows are available in single sliders with one moveable sash, 2-lite sliders where both sash move and a 3-lite slider for large openings that has a fixed picture window in the center with operable window sliders on each end.

What are Casement, Awning, and Hopper Windows?

Casement windows open with a crank handle, where the window sash swings out from your home toward the outside. The window pane is hinged on one side and swings open. Casement windows provide maximum ventilation.

Other windows in the casement family are awning and hopper windows. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing upward via a crank. Hopper windows open from the top and swing inward and are used primarily in basement applications.

To help you further integrate your chosen window style with the look of your home, these styles discussed can be customized with your choice of color for both the interior and exterior of the windows as well as the hardware

Air Circulation & Infiltration: Which Windows Style Provides the Most and Least Air Flow?

Depending on the application, you may want a window that provides lots of fresh air, or a window that provides very little air infiltration. Common sense will tell you that windows with the most operational panes (or sashes) will allow for the most air flow. Casement windows, for example, are great at letting in large amounts of air, as nearly the full window can be opened.

On the other end of the spectrum, you may want windows that are very air tight and allow little to no air exchange. Most high quality windows offer fantastic window seals, so when the window is closed, air and temperature do not travel through the window

But when it comes to resisting air infiltration, windows that do not open–like a picture window–are the most airtight. If you want a window the offers the best of both, a single hung window is for you. Since half the window is permanently fixed, you can open the other half to allow air in, but feel confident it’s tightly sealed when closed.

When you’re considering the energy-efficient qualities of various home window styles, be sure to:

  • Look for the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label on a window, which provides information on how a window performs. [www.energystar.gov]
  • Compare product performance – the two most referenced energy ratings on an NFRC label are U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label – the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed this designation, which varies by climate, for products meeting certain energy performance criteria.

Which Window is Easiest to Clean?

Some window styles, by nature of how they operate, are a bit easier to clean than other styles. For example, double hung windows are easier to clean than single hung windows, because both sash of the double hung window tilt inward. On single hung windows, only the bottom sash tilts in for cleaning outside surfaces. Slider windows only feature a lift out sash that can help with cleaning.

For casement windows, ditto the easy cleaning. Just crank the window all the way to its fully extended position, then reach through the opening to clean the exterior of the window.

Some slider windows allow the moveable sash to be lifted out from the inside for easy cleaning. Picture windows have no moveable sashes, so they must be cleaned from the outside.Window replacement Glen Carbon IL

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Do Different Home Window Styles Make any Difference?

Many people mistakenly think that the style of your home replacement window is merely a superficial choice. But window styles go well beyond their look–window styles provide a functional difference, too.

Selecting the right window style can dramatically enhance the overall look of your home, both inside and out. Like your home to be cozy on chilly winter evenings? Want your windows to open and close easily? Prefer easy cleaning and maintenance? Want a window that matches your home’s architecture? You guessed it – window styles have everything to do with those, too.

Before we delve deeper, let’s start with Window Style 101. Understanding differences between the basic styles is actually much simpler than you may realize.

Choosing Between Double Hung and Single Hung Windows

Double hung and single hung windows are very similar to each other, except for one major difference. On double hung windows both sash in the window frame are operable, meaning they move up and down. The sashes on a double hung window also tilt in for easy cleaning.

On single hung windows, the top sash is fixed in place and does not move or tilt in, but the bottom is operable.

If you live in a dusty area, the double hung window is easier to clean. Though if the windows are going to be on the first floor, cleaning a single hung from the outside may not be an issue.

What are Slider Windows?

A slider window is a window that opens by sliding the windows panes side to side on a track in the window frame. It’s a good window style choice when the size of the window is much wider than it is high. These windows are available in single sliders with one moveable sash, 2-lite sliders where both sash move and a 3-lite slider for large openings that has a fixed picture window in the center with operable window sliders on each end.

What are Casement, Awning, and Hopper Windows?

Casement windows open with a crank handle, where the window sash swings out from your home toward the outside. The window pane is hinged on one side and swings open. Casement windows provide maximum ventilation.

Other windows in the casement family are awning and hopper windows. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing upward via a crank. Hopper windows open from the top and swing inward and are used primarily in basement applications.

To help you further integrate your chosen window style with the look of your home, these styles discussed can be customized with your choice of color for both the interior and exterior of the windows as well as the hardware

Air Circulation & Infiltration: Which Windows Style Provides the Most and Least Air Flow?

Depending on the application, you may want a window that provides lots of fresh air, or a window that provides very little air infiltration. Common sense will tell you that windows with the most operational panes (or sashes) will allow for the most air flow. Casement windows, for example, are great at letting in large amounts of air, as nearly the full window can be opened.

On the other end of the spectrum, you may want windows that are very air tight and allow little to no air exchange. Most high quality windows offer fantastic window seals, so when the window is closed, air and temperature do not travel through the window

But when it comes to resisting air infiltration, windows that do not open–like a picture window–are the most airtight. If you want a window the offers the best of both, a single hung window is for you. Since half the window is permanently fixed, you can open the other half to allow air in, but feel confident it’s tightly sealed when closed.

When you’re considering the energy-efficient qualities of various home window styles, be sure to:

  • Look for the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label on a window, which provides information on how a window performs. [www.energystar.gov]
  • Compare product performance – the two most referenced energy ratings on an NFRC label are U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label – the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed this designation, which varies by climate, for products meeting certain energy performance criteria.

Which Window is Easiest to Clean?

Some window styles, by nature of how they operate, are a bit easier to clean than other styles. For example, double hung windows are easier to clean than single hung windows, because both sash of the double hung window tilt inward. On single hung windows, only the bottom sash tilts in for cleaning outside surfaces. Slider windows only feature a lift out sash that can help with cleaning.

For casement windows, ditto the easy cleaning. Just crank the window all the way to its fully extended position, then reach through the opening to clean the exterior of the window.

Some slider windows allow the moveable sash to be lifted out from the inside for easy cleaning. Picture windows have no moveable sashes, so they must be cleaned from the outside.

Composite Decking Swansea IL

Forty years ago, pressure-treated deck boards were the greatest thing to hit the housing market since, er, vinyl siding. But while treated lumber holds up well under most conditions, it’s going to need work—cleaning, stripping, sanding, and sealing.

Today, composite decking does even treated wood one better by doing away with the bulk of the upkeep. Made of a mix of waste wood or cellulose fiber and plastic, composite boards typically require only an occasional cleaning. Same goes for new nonwood railings offered in a variety of materials, including composite, vinyl, glass, and metal.

Deck designs have evolved, too, with more homeowners seeking activity-specific spaces that mimic rooms inside their houses. The deck has become a hub for outdoor living and entertaining.

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Composite Decking Edwardsville IL

Forty years ago, pressure-treated deck boards were the greatest thing to hit the housing market since, er, vinyl siding. But while treated lumber holds up well under most conditions, it’s going to need work—cleaning, stripping, sanding, and sealing.

Today, composite decking does even treated wood one better by doing away with the bulk of the upkeep. Made of a mix of waste wood or cellulose fiber and plastic, composite boards typically require only an occasional cleaning. Same goes for new nonwood railings offered in a variety of materials, including composite, vinyl, glass, and metal.

Deck designs have evolved, too, with more homeowners seeking activity-specific spaces that mimic rooms inside their houses. The deck has become a hub for outdoor living and entertaining.

DECKING

What is a ridge vent?

A ridge vent is a type of vent installed at the peak of a sloped roof which allows warm humid air to escape from the building.

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Box vents vs ridge vents

Box vents and ridge vents both work better when used with soffit ventilation.
Ridge vent typically is the better venting options for most roof systems. The ridge vent allows the air to escape at a faster more even rate. Box vent location on the roof is vital. If the vents are not located in the proper place this can lead to “dead” spots on the roof where hot are can get trapped leading the shingles to “bake”on the roof. Once the shingles bake on the roof they can become brittle and start to desinagrate.

 

 

 

How much will my roof cost?

How much will my roof cost in Ofallon IL

Day after day the question arises “How much will my roof cost?”

You can easily measure your roof from the ground and once you know the number of squares you can multiply by ($260.00) to find the price of your new roof.  *This is including Landmark Certainteed shingles on a one layer 7/12 pitch roof or under*

1.

Measure the ground dimensions of the house using a tape measure, and write down these dimensions. Multiply the length by the width to arrive at the ground area of the house. If the house has an irregular shape, measure each part separately, figure the separate areas and add them together.

2.

Convert the area to roofing squares. Because each 100 square feet of roof is one roofing square, divide the total area from Step 1 by 100. The answer is the number of roofing squares for the roof.

3.

Estimate the pitch of the roof. Roofs have one of three pitches: low, medium or high. A low pitch rises 3 inches every 12 inches of base horizontal length. A medium pitch rises 6 to 9 inches every 12 inches of base horizontal length. A high pitch roof rises more than 9 inches for every 12 inches of base horizontal length. Estimate the roof pitch by sight or calculate it with a level in the next step.

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4.

Calculate roof pitch by downloading a free app by pictometry on your mobile device.  Use the pitch gauge by lining the gauge to the roof line this will give you the pitch of your roof.

5.

Multiply the number of roofing squares for a low-pitch roof by 1.06 to 1.08 to get the square roof area. Multiply the number of roofing squares for a medium-pitch roof by 1.12 to 1.25 — or by 1.3 to 1.42 for a high-pitch roof — to get the square roof area.

 

Here is the link for more pictometry information

 

Nashville Il Roofing

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Please feel free to call us for your free roof inspection in Nashville IL

The following information is designed to assist owners in establishing a regular and beneficial roof inspection and maintenance program. This important area of responsibility for the building owner can provide many long-term benefits, including extended life expectancy of the roofing system, reduced average in-place cost, prevention of major deterioration resulting from minor problems and eventually, reduced roof system replacement cost.
Roof Maintenance Guidelines
All roofs require regular inspections and periodic maintenance to achieve their expected life. Roofs should be inspected at l
east twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Additionally, all roofs should be inspected after any severe weather or storms. The roofing contractor who installed
the roof membrane, inconjunction with the building owner’s maintenance personnel, should perform these inspections. Leaks occur most often at flashings, pitch pans, gravel stops, and other penetrations. Pay special attention to these areas.
Included among the roof components that are not part of the roof membrane and hence not covered by the applicable CertainTeed limited warranty are the following: underlying roof deck, insulation, vapor retarders, fasteners, metal work, drains, pitch pans, expansion joints, skylights, vents, plastic accessories, decorative or reflective coating, surfacing and/or any ballast, rock, or gravel. Roof components are the owner’s responsibility to maintain.
General
– One of the keys to avoiding roof damage is limiting access to the roof. Allow only authorized personnel on the roof who understand good roof access procedures and precautions. Bag and remove all debris from the roof. Keep grease and oil off of the roof. Clean and remove any liquid deposits immediately. Do not allow foot traffic on the roof in very hot or very cold weather. Do not allow the installation of television or radio antennas, satellite dishes or other mechanical equipment without notifying CertainTeed for approval and for consultation about the methods and details for these installations.
Please feel free to call us for your free roof inspection in Nashville IL

Are Certainteed shingles more expensive than Owens Corning?

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Written By: Sarah Ryterski

Ok, you have opened up a can of worms.

 

Like anything in life there are different “series” of shingles.  Usually as the shingles become thicker they become higher in price.  Also, the design comes into play and the “higher end” shingles usually have a different look and feel.  So at any point in time different “series” of shingles can cost more than others.     So…………..Are Certainteed shingles more expensive than Owens Corning?

Certainteed Landmark and Owens Corning Duration are neck in neck right now in the price market.  Please feel free to call me anytime to discuss! Sarah (618)558-2675

Exterior Design Glen Carbon IL

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If you live in Glen Carbon, IL  and want an exterior package that is of the highest quality and looks amazing, look no further call Ryterski Remodeling today. (618) 558-2675
Yes you want to be “THAT HOUSE”.  You know the one house in your subdivision that just, well puts the rest to shame…..
Nothing is more gratifying than a welcoming, finished, well-appointed living space that blends personal style with colors, lines and textures in a way that says “this is me.” Just as important is the exterior design of your home – the details, dimension and contrast of your exterior reflect your personal style too. At Ryterski Remodeling, we’re passionate about applying accessible design concepts to the outside of your home. We appreciate the power of architectural details. And we know that trim, siding, color, doors and windows can all work together to create beautiful exterior designs that reflect who you are and where you live.We also know sometimes the choices are overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to start. But we can help. Please call and get started with your new exterior design package.