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Typically, homeowners choose to replace the glass in their windows when they are experiencing issues with draftiness and/or water damage. Replacing the window glass will help to eliminate those problems and also improve the appearance of the home.
Window replacement professionals will work with the homeowner to determine which style of window is the best fit for the property and how much the project will cost. The costs of the windows can vary based on several factors, including size and energy efficiency options. Specialty glass and frame materials may also add to the overall cost of the project.
Many times the old window is a good fit to use in a new replacement project, and the contractor will simply install an insert replacement into the existing frame. An insert replacement window is a secondary frame that slips into the existing opening without touching the trim or insulation. This is a great way to get the benefits of a new window with the existing frame and does not increase the size of the room.
The cost of an insert replacement window is lower than a full window replacement and can be done in a day. The contractor will insert the new window into the opening, making sure it fits tightly against the exterior casings and blind stops. Once the window is inserted, the contractor will apply putty around the edges of the window to secure it and ensure there are no gaps. Once the putty is dry, a professional installer will install glazing points.
Once the installation is complete, a thorough inspection will be conducted. This inspection is designed to find any areas that require additional attention or repair, as well as to verify that the finished product is functioning correctly. The inspector will look for a proper seal, as well as the proper operation of all components.
Some common window repairs include the replacement of muntins and mullions. These are pieces of wood that sit in between the panes of glass and often form a cross-like pattern. Some are purely decorative, while others provide support for the window panes. If they are cracked, chipped or rotting, it is a good idea to call a window expert right away.
Replacement of the Frame
When a home’s existing windows show signs of wear, it’s time to consider window replacement. The good news is that homeowners have a variety of options to suit their homes’ architecture and interior design. The first step is to select a replacement window that meets both operational and aesthetic requirements, within the constraints of the original window opening. Then the frame must be chosen to support that window and complement the home’s design.
Choosing the right frame for your project requires careful measurement. A good starting point is to measure the inside width of the old window frame, jamb to jamb, in three places: at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom. Then add the smallest of those measurements to the width of the new window to find the overall size for the frame.
Once the frame is selected, it’s important to choose a material that will withstand the elements and keep moisture away from the wood of the original window framing. Moisture can lead to rot, which is expensive and dangerous to your family’s health. If left untreated, rotting frames can eventually compromise the structural integrity of load-bearing exterior walls.
The choice of frame materials also has a direct impact on the final price of the window replacement project. Vinyl and fiberglass frames are typically the most affordable, while wood-clad and aluminum frames tend to be more expensive.
Another important consideration is whether to go with a full frame or insert replacement. A full-frame replacement involves removing the old sash, covers, and frame down to the studs of the wall, while an insert installation replaces just the sash, cover, and operating hardware.
If your current windows are in excellent condition, and you’re happy with their size and style, an insert replacement may be the best option. It’s less expensive than a full-frame replacement and requires less involvement from the installers, which helps reduce your total cost. However, if your current window frames are showing signs of moisture damage, a full-frame replacement may be in order. Our technicians can help you decide the best course of action.
Replacement of the Sash
When a window sash sticks or takes an excessive amount of effort to open and close, it’s a good sign that it’s time for replacement. In addition to improving home comfort, new sashes will keep drafts from entering the room and help reduce outside noise.
The first step to replace the sash is to remove it from the frame. You can do this by removing the sash stops that line the bottom and sides of your window opening. Next, pull the upper sash down to the middle of the frame and disconnect the weight ropes from their sash pins. These are fastened to the sash with slotted screws that can be removed with a screwdriver. Once the ropes are disconnected, you can pull the top sash down and away from your window frame. Once the window is clear, you can cut the weight ropes and let them fall into their intended pocket in the jamb liner.
Next, you’ll need to take out the parting bead, which is a small piece of trim that sits in a recessed groove called a dado on both the side and head jambs. Once the parting bead is removed, you can remove the upper sash and the trim along the inside of the jambs. You should also remove the weight coverings and pulleys, which are attached to the weights using wood screws. After the removal of these items, you can pull your new sash into place and nail the window stops back into their positions along the sides and head of the window frame.
Finally, make sure your window sash fits the frame by measuring the height and width of your window opening with a tape measure. To get the right dimensions, measure from the inside of one side jamb to the inside of the other side jamb. Then measure from the sill up to the head jamb. Once you have your measurements, order the correct size sash from a manufacturer’s website or big box hardware store. It’s also a good idea to fill the weight pockets with low-expanding spray foam to improve energy efficiency.
Replacement of the Hardware
A window is a vital part of any home, but over time it can deteriorate. Whether from rot, mold or simply being old and inefficient, windows can eventually need replacing. Many homeowners decide to replace their windows to make maintenance easier. They no longer want to climb ladders to wash their windows or they may have noticed that energy bills are getting higher and higher.
If your windows are old and damaged, the first step in the replacement process is to remove the existing hardware. This includes the sash and frame, as well as the window sill and jambs. The contractor will also remove any caulking, if needed. Once the windows are removed, the contractors will clean up the area and dispose of the old windows.
Next, the installer will install the new windows. Depending on your situation, the installation can be as simple as inserting a new window into an existing opening or removing the entire frame and installing a full-frame replacement window. The full-frame option is the preferred method in most situations because it provides greater strength and durability than an insert.
The most important part of this process is measuring the window opening to ensure that the replacement window is the correct size. This is done prior to installation day, and it is essential that the measurement is accurate. If the replacement window is not the right size, it will not fit properly and could cause problems with operation and security.
Lastly, the installer will test the windows to make sure that they open and close smoothly. They will also check for any gaps and air leaks. Once the windows are installed, they will be sealed, caulked, and insulated to promote energy efficiency and help save you money on your energy bill.
Window replacement is a significant investment, but it can pay off in lower energy costs and improved functionality. If you are considering window replacement in your home, contact a trusted and experienced window company like United Builders for more information. You can also schedule a free consultation to see the different options available for your home.