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Dundalk Window Replacement In Baltimore, Maryland

Last updated on 11/15/2019

The materials that are used in the frame of the Dundalk window replacement that you choose for your Baltimore, MD area home all have their benefits as well as their disadvantages. Depending on your own personal preferences, you'll be living with the decision for a long time. You may choose a Baltimore replacement window material because it is low maintenance or because it is more energy efficient than another type. It could be that you have a limited budget for your Dundalk window replacement project and the cost of the material will be the reason that you choose the products that you install. In any case, it's a good idea to know the pros and cons of each material.

Before Buying

By the time the Dundalk window replacement is purchased and installed, it's going to be a major home improvement project and you should be able to enjoy the benefits for a long time. You certainly don't want to feel that you made a wrong choice after the work is done and the invoice has been paid.

A little homework in each area of your Dundalk window replacement project can help you enjoy the advantages that upgrading your home with an energy efficient Dundalk window replacement should bring. Lower utility bills as less energy is being used to heat and cool your home should be an immediate reward. The absence of shivers because of cold winter drafts and the ability to keep out more of the heat during the summer all depend on the right choice of the replacement windows.

Material Options

A maintenance free vinyl Dundalk window replacement is very popular. They can be inexpensive, yet durable and energy efficient. Many home owners reject the vinyl Dundalk replacement window because it can appear to look like plastic. They are made from polyvinyl chloride, which is better known to most consumers as PVC. The vinyl can be used as cladding for aluminum or even wood windows.

Vinyl is very durable. A vinyl replacement window won't chip away or rot like windows with wood frames. It is also low maintenance. Instead of having to be painted to look clean, fresh and new, an easy wash up with soap and water will do the trick.

Heat and cold aren't easily conducted through the vinyl material on window replacements, so this adds to the energy efficiency of the new Dundalk, Maryland replacement windows.

If you have stayed with the same colors for the exterior of your Baltimore, Maryland home since you moved in, fiberglass may be something to consider. The main drawback is that fiberglass shouldn't be painted, so one you choose your color you are stuck with it. The upside is that it is a strong finish, so that will keep the color that you have chosen in tip top condition.

It has taken a while for fiberglass windows to catch on, but as the material is proving to be up to the task of everything homeowners expect from their replacement windows, it is becoming more popular. Homeowners are no longer worried that fiberglass is not strong enough for a Dundalk window replacement, finding instead that it is both stronger and stiffer than vinyl. It is also resistant to heat and cold to add energy efficient to its list of benefits.

Most wood windows have exteriors that are covered in aluminum or vinyl to reduce the maintenance needed on them. These are called clad windows. They are a good choice for Dundalk homeowners who want aesthetic wood on the inside of the home, yet need a material that will stand up to the weather conditions the Dundalk area experiences. A high quality wood Dundalk window replacement is a beautiful and a popular choice for people who can afford them and are able to devote the time needed in maintaining them so that decay doesn't set in because of the elements.

You don't see a lot of window replacements for the Dundalk, MD home that are aluminum, although it is popular in commercial buildings. Aluminum is a strong material, but it is also a good conductor for heat and cold. Most windows in the home simply aren't large enough to require the strength that aluminum gives the windows. That means the lower energy efficiency of choosing the aluminum over other options doesn't really make sense.

If you're looking for a material that has a wood look but won't rot and decay, a Fibrex Dundalk window replacement could be the solution. The material can be painted, but it won't actually need any other type of maintenance. It is a composite material of epoxy resins or copolymers and wood fibers. Fibrex window replacements are high priced. If you are shopping for Dundalk replacement windows and thinking about Fibrex, make sure that it is indeed the exclusive window and not an imitation product.

The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Dundalk Replacement Windows

When shopping for replacement windows in Dundalk, an area in Baltimore, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.

Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on Dundalk's climate zone.

The climate zone assigned to Dundalk and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Dundalk . How warm and cold it gets in Baltimore determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.

Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Dundalk, your neighbohood within the city of Baltimore

The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Baltimore, area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.

To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your home in the , area, simply do the following:

  1. Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
  2. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
  3. Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
  4. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  5. When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.

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