Lincoln Square Window Replacement In Chicago, Illinois
Last updated on 11/15/2019
So you want to order Lincoln Square window replacement for your IL home. However, you have some interesting windows that you can't quite define. If your Lincoln Square, Illinois home has one or more of these odd windows, help is here. These windows are the odds and ends of windows, and they are just as easy to order Lincoln Square window replacement for as your more normal Chicago home windows are.
Circle Head and Elliptical Windows
Circle head windows are semicircular and used as an accent above a threshold or large window. While this type of Lincoln Square window replacement is mainly for show, it does add style and sophistication to any Lincoln Square home. Additionally, these windows add more natural light. Lincoln Square window replacement for a circle heads tend to add class and flare to homes in Illinois, so if you have one currently you should replace it. If you don't and there is room above your window or door to install one, it might be a good idea to consider it.
So, you've decided to get a circle head Lincoln Square window replacement. You've measured the area above your window or door and find that it is just a little too small to fit the circle head replacement. An elliptical Lincoln Square window replacement is an excellent alternative when there is not enough clearance for a traditional circle head window. The difference between a circle head and an elliptical is that a circle head is half of a circle and an elliptical is half of an oval.
Both of these styles are beneficial in that they add elegance and style to your Chicago, IL home. Additionally, the fact that they are high on the wall means that they are usually shaded by the awnings of your home. This means that they can allow light to come into your room without allowing heat in.
Clerestory Replacement Windows
Have you ever wondered what those rectangular windows located near the top of your wall that don't open are called? These windows are called Illinois clerestory windows. They are so named for the area in the upper wall portion of Roman basilicas which are known as the clerestory or nave. They are the highest part of the walls and typically have windows that allow light in.
While a modern clerestory Lincoln Square window replacement is typically rectangular in shape, they can really come in all shapes. What makes them a clerestory is that they are located on the part of the wall that is above eye level. Typically they do not open, but they can be replaced with small sliders if you desire more ventilation. Be careful, though because many of these windows do not open because they are difficult to reach. It would be a shame to pay more for a window that opens, only to find you lack the ability to open it once you have it.
The benefit of clerestory windows is similar to that of a skylight, circle head, or elliptical replacement. Clerestory windows allow indirect light to filter into your Lincoln Square home. Additionally, their height enables the light to come in but the heat to stay out. These windows can be very beneficial, so you will most likely want to include them when considering your replacement.
Jalousie or Louvre Windows
This Lincoln Square window replacement type is by far one of the most interesting around. Known in some parts of the world as Jalousie and in other places as Louvre windows, they consist of many sets of glass panes set in a frame. The slats of glass in these windows open and close with the use of a crank. They are very similar to a mini blind in appearance (except rather than wood or plastic, these are made of glass).
Louvre windows are excellent for Lincoln Square sun rooms and porches. While their slatted design does not allow them to add significant ventilation for use inside the home, they add more insulation than a screen. Additionally, Jalousie replacement windows when cranked open can deflect the rain. This enables you to sit on your Lincoln Square porch or sun room during a storm without getting wet.
There are many different combinations you can get for your Louvre windows. The most basic is simply to get many Jalousie windows. Up to 4 panels can be inserted into a single frame. Some people in the Lincoln Square area prefer a Louvre in combination with a fixed one. This adds more insulation without losing the added air flow. These replacement combinations can include 2 Jalousie's flanking a picture window, or one Louvre installed above or below a picture. Of course, these are just a couple of ideas. In reality, the possibilities with this unique Lincoln Square window replacement type are endless.
The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Lincoln Square Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Lincoln Square, an area in Chicago, 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 Lincoln Square's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to Lincoln Square and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '60625' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Lincoln Square . How warm and cold it gets in Chicago 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 Lincoln Square, your neighbohood within the city of Chicago
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Chicago, 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:
- Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
- 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.
|Neighborhoods and Zip Codes||Energy Star Ratings|
|Cook 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|