A Marvin Windows And Doors in North Chicago 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 Marvin Windows And Doors performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in North Chicago .
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. Marvin Windows And Doors in North Chicago can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the Marvin Windows And Doors are not installed properly, those benefits will not be realized.
Replacement Windows - What to Look For When Buying New Windows For Your Home
When people build a home, they tend to put lots of thought into the construction and materials used in the house; however, few realize the importance of choosing high-quality windows. Windows are a primary way that heat and air conditioning escape a house, raising your energy bills and increasing the wear and tear on your home.
Choosing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient windows is one of the best ways to get the most out of your home. Norandex window parts is the best choice you can make for your home. A good selection of Norandex's products meet or exceed Energy Star requirements. They are also customizable; if you have flooring, furniture, or artwork that you want to protect from fading in the light, you can get your windows treated to stop fading and keep your home looking new.
Customers who live in an area with frequent tornadoes or hurricanes know the damage that these storms can do. Thankfully, Norandex's Winguard, StormBreaker, Safe Harbor, and M.I. impact windows can prevent and minimize the damage of high-speed winds. Norandex also has storm-resistant windows and building products.
Any window needs you may have can be met by Norandex window parts. With the variety of materials and designs, you can definitely find the right windows for your home.
Who Makes the Best Replacement Windows?
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.