A Champion Windows in River Forest 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 Champion Windows performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in River Forest .
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. Champion Windows in River Forest can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the Champion Windows are not installed properly, those benefits will not be realized.
Replacement Windows: No Big Secrets, Some Negative Aspects? (Part 1)
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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One way vision glass can be obtained by installing a high reflective window film. Reflective window tint is generally made from two sheets of polyester, which has been through a process that deposits a layer of very small particles of metal, usually, aluminum, silver or bronze. This creates a very thin metalized layer in between the polyester sheets, a clear adhesive and thin polyester backing liner is attached and on the other side a scratch resistant coating.
When this reflective window film is applied to glass it creates a one way mirror under the correct conditions. The most common reflective window film is a reflective silver window film, the darkest usually referred to as silver 20. This silver film gives a silver mirrored appearance; other colours can be combined such as grey, gold and bronze.
There isn't any way around this unfortunately, if you want to have privacy day and night you will need to alter the lighting conditions to get at least a 4:1 light ratio day and night or have a look at a privacy window film which will stop people seeing in and out.