Kenosha, Wisconsin Window Replacement
Kenosha window replacement is a great project that can give you a good value for the work that you're going to do. You have quite a few choices for your Wisconsin replacement window project with the type of glass you'll want to use, as well as the types of frames that you'll use. The frames are available in materials such as wood and aluminum, which will work well in some homes, depending on the style of those houses. However, the most common type of material used in frames for window replacement is vinyl.
Vinyl frames are great for the new glass in your home when you perform a Kenosha window replacement, because vinyl frames don't require much maintenance, at least when compared to other types of materials for frames. Other types of material, such as wood, can be vulnerable to rot if they aren't cared for properly. Vinyl also is much lighter than wood, which makes it easier to work with the new frames during the installation process.
Cleaning Vinyl Replacement Frames
After you've completed your Kenosha window replacement with vinyl frames, you won't have to worry much about caring for the frames from year to year. However, one potential problem you may experience with vinyl frames is that they could be stained on occasion. If you end up with a stubborn stain on the vinyl frames, you can use quite a few different techniques to return the look of the vinyl frames from your picture window replacement to like-new condition.
One of the most common stains you may find in the vinyl frame of your new glass is mold or mildew. In this area of extreme southeastern WI, which experiences some very humid days in the summer, along with quite a bit of rain, your Kenosha window replacement frames could end up with some moisture problems that eventually lead to mold or mildew. Fortunately, this type of stain is pretty easy to clean from your vinyl frames. Just use a window cleaning solution that is vinegar-based, and you'll have few problems fixing this problem.
With greasy or oily stains on the vinyl frames that were installed during your Kenosha window replacement, you can use the commercial cleaner Murphy Oil Soap to get rid of the stain. Another common type of stain on vinyl frames is paint. Depending on the type of paint that ends up on the replacement window frames, you may be able to clean it with a scouring pad. Don't use a metal pad, though. Look for a pad made of a different material to avoid scratching the vinyl.
Finding Installers in WI
With Kenosha having a population of about 100,000, it's one of the largest cities in the entire state of Wisconsin. It's also located along the shores of Lake Michigan, which draws plenty of tourists to the Kenosha area. With this in mind, the added value that you'll give to your home with a Kenosha window replacement will be nice, especially if you ever decide to attempt to sell your home in the future. New homeowners are always going to give additional consideration to a home that features replacement window frames versus a home with older glass.
This area of the state of WI has been one that has grown very quickly in recent years. In the past two decades, for example, Kenosha has seen its population grow by about 20,000 residents, which is a very strong growth curve. With the growing popularity of living in this area of Wisconsin, thanks in part to all of the recreational activities surrounding Lake Michigan that residents here can enjoy, you'll have a much better chance of recouping the investment you're going to make in Kenosha window replacement at the time you sell your home.
Kenosha is located in between Milwaukee, which is to the north, and Chicago, which is to the south, and both of the larger cities are only about 30 or 40 miles from Kenosha. With such a large number of people located within an easy driving distance of Kenosha, you will have no problems finding a good supplier of materials for your Kenosha window replacement in this area of Wisconsin. Finding experienced installers who can help you with this type of window replacement project should be pretty easy, too, for many of the same reasons.
When you're ready to begin seeking people who can help you with your Kenosha window replacement project, check with your neighbors and friends in this area, looking for any recommendations on good installers. In addition, visit some Web sites that specialize in helping people install new glass in their homes or businesses. At these Web sites, you'll find helpful articles, as well as links to Web forms that allow you make a request for bids from local installers for your project.
Kenosha, Wisconsin U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Kenosha, Wisconsin - located in Kenosha County - 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 your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Kenosha 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 Kenosha, Wisconsin and Kenosha's metro area counties including: Cook County IL, DeKalb County IL, DuPage County IL, Grundy County IL, Jasper County IN, Kane County IL, Kendall County IL, Kenosha County WI, Lake County IL, Lake County IN, McHenry County IL, Newton County IN, Porter County IN, and Will County IL.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Kenosha, WI 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 county in the Kenosha metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- 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.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- 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.
|Cook County IL
Dekalb County IL
Dupage County IL
Grundy County IL
Jasper County IN
Kane County IL
Kendall County IL
Kenosha County WI
Lake County IL
Lake County IN
Mchenry County IL
Newton County IN
Porter County IN
Will County IL
|Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Kenosha, WI area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Kenosha, Wisconsin area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Kenosha Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Kenosha area.