Hiring a qualified windows installer in Chesnut Street can mean the difference between frame distortion, cold air infiltration, leaks through cracks and high-performance windows that are efficient and effective.
Another very important consideration is the fact that with DIY installation; there is no warranty or protection should something go wrong. If you choose to install the replacement windows yourself, be sure to measure each opening separately for an accurate measurement, as this is critical for top Replacing Old Windows performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in Chesnut Street.
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. Replacing Old Windows in Chesnut Street can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the Replacing Old Windows are not installed properly, those benefits will not be realized.
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For the past few weeks, I have been explaining how to repair a broken window pane in your home. But, what if you have dual pane windows? Is the process the same? Well, pretty much, except for a couple of variations. So, let's review the single pane repair process, and I will point out the differences regarding dual pane windows.
When we start talking about dual pane windows, one of the first things that comes to mind is vinyl window frames instead of aluminum. When dealing with dual pane windows, you can have either aluminum or vinyl frames, depending on the year the house was built. Dual pane glass got popular in the 1980's, but vinyl frames didn't really catch on until the 1990's. So, if your house is less than 10 years old, chances are you have vinyl framed windows. In either case, I will discuss the differences. Let's say you have a sliding aluminum frame window with dual pane glass. The procedure for removing the frame from the opening and the glass from the sash is the same as with the single pane windows.
The differences are, first, the glass goes into the frame about twice as far as the single pane window. The single pane window glass went 1/4" into the surrounding rubber. The dual pane usually goes 1/2" into the rubber. So, if both pieces of glass have been broken, you are going to have to order a new IGU (Insulated Glass Unit) from the local glass shop. They are going to want to know the width, height, overall thickness, and possibly the individual glass thickness. The best way to get the dimensions is to measure the width and height from rubber to rubber, write those numbers down. Then, remove the panel from the opening and place it on a table like we did with the single pane window. Remove the screws from opposite corners and pull of the frame. You will be able to see how far the glass goes into the surrounding rubber. If it's 1/2", then you want to add 1" to the width and height that you measured previously (1/2" times two sides= 1"). Then, measure the overall thickness of the unit by removing the rubber from the glass edge.
OK, what if the window frames are vinyl instead of aluminum? Well, the main difference is the glass in a vinyl window no longer has the rubber gasket around the edge. You dont remove the opposite corner screws and separate the frame from the glass. What they do is put either silicone or a two sided tape on the lip of the frame where the glass rests. That's what holds the glass in the frame, then they apply a snap in stop on all four sides of the glass. So, you have to remove the stops first, then turn over the panel and break the seal holding the glass to the frame using a utility knife. Wear gloves during this procedure. If only one side of the IGU is broken, don't even think about repairing just the one side. You will never get that IGU out of the frame without breaking the other piece of glass in the process. But, on the positive side, you can remove the stops without taking the panel out if it's a slider. You can then measure the dimensions of the glass, and order the new IGU. That way you eliminate any need to temporarily cover up your window. The same is true for the stationary portion of a slider, or a picture window. Before you install the new IGU, be sure and clean the lip that had the tape or silicone, and apply either silicone or tape. Either will work.
You will discover that replacing an IGU in an aluminum frame window is a whole lot easier than a vinyl window. But, in either case, you can do it yourself and save a few bucks.
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Ornate window sash locks are a great way to add detail and elegance to any single or double hung sash window in your home. Available in a wide variety of designs and finishes, an ornate window sash lock can be a great way to introduce or further incorporate a common theme throughout your home decorating. Sash locks increase the security of your home and can transform the entire look of your windows.
Ornate sash window locks are produced today - allowing you to incorporate their patterns into your windows. Sash locks are simple to install but be sure to follow a few simple steps. First, select a style of sash lock that coordinate with your existing window hardware. If you are planning to replace all the hardware in your window, make sure to select styles that complement each other. By using solid brass hardware throughout your home it will tie the look together for you. Second, replace older and worn exterior window hardware as well to further create a common theme both inside and outside your home.
Ornate sash window locks are readily available online as well as in many home decorating catalogs. Search for solid brass construction for added strength and durability and be sure to ask questions. When you work with brass hardware you can be sure that different shapes and combinations will work together nicely. These window locks are available online through LookInTheAttic & Company and they offer free design assistance and help.