A Custom Replacement Windows in Lombard 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 Custom Replacement Windows performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in Lombard .
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. Custom Replacement Windows in Lombard can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the Custom Replacement 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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Replacement window prices vary as it can be influenced as to its brand, material used and the company that are installing it.
It is known fact that having old, damaged and worn-out windows can save you from your electricity bills. It also adds to the aesthetic value of your home. Having new and beautiful windows represents beauty. It is also more pleasing to the eyes than having to put up with old windows.
What is the advantage of having windows replaced? It saves you not only from your cooling and heating bills but on maintenance costs as well. Having to repair windows every now and then can really take up on your budget. Not only is this frustrating as this can be done repeatedly, but it is more expensive as well.
Replacement window prices vary. When looking at the cost of windows, consider having them removed as part of the expense. Damage on your window frame and rotting wood can cost you more. Expenses will depend on the extent of the damage. If you want to install custom size windows, expect to pay more than the original size of replacement windows.
More importantly, to save on your expenses, do make sure that you windows really need to be replaced. Some companies would immediately suggest having it replaced when it can be merely repaired. Beware of such companies. Before you know it, you have spent more than you should have.
Knowing what you really need, the type of replacement windows you want installed and the company you will hire to install these windows will greatly help you save on costs and other expenses. Having new windows will help in cutting back on your utility bills and add to the value of your home. But always remember one thing: Be sure that you are getting the most for what you have spent on. As a consumer you have the right to demand for quality and satisfactory results.