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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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DIY Replacement Windows

DIY replacement windows are done by homeowners who have the itch to remodel and the tools to get the job done, but aren't interested in having to buy replacement window work from a contractor. If you are the type of person whose idea of a perfect Saturday is one spent driving back and forth between home and the local home improvement store, you just might be a DIY enthusiast. Replacement windows are not easy to do and certainly are not something that everyone should try to pull off on their own. But for the handy homeowner, DIY replacement windows can be a challenging and rewarding project to give your house more curb appeal and increased energy efficiency.

DIY Enthusiasts and Home Windows

Replacement window jobs are normally projects that homeowners hire someone else to do. There is s much going on with these things and there are usually so many of them in the house that it is just too big of a job for most of us. But there are a select few for whom there is no such thing as too big of a home improvement project. If you have the tools and the time and more than a little ability to problem solve and work with your hands, you can do DIY replacement windows and do them well.

There are many reasons why it is great for do it yourselfers to tackle these projects rather than delegate them to someone else like the rest of us. For one thing, there is the rather obvious matter of cost savings. Handy homeowners who handle their own replacement windows only have to buy materials for the job and do not have to pay out any labor (other than maybe buying some food and beverage for any friends who happen to show up to help).

DIY replacement windows are products that can realistically be installed. For one thing, many brands of replacement window units actually come with installation instructions on the inside packaging of each individual piece. These instructions at least give a basic overview and some key tips to think about, even if they do not give explicit enough directions for anyone on earth to follow. Folks who know which side of the hammer is up and what that bubble in the middle of a level is for are likely to do fine looking at these instructions.

Getting Through DIY Window Jobs

As you progress through the job, you'll find windows generally getting progressively easier to install (with some exceptions if you run into oddities in the framing or other issues). DIY replacement windows are one of those home improvement jobs that most DIY homeowners get really good at just as they are finishing up. There are a couple very important things to remember as the job goes on. One is this: if a frame is too big for the rough opening, adjust the opening, never the frame. This may seem obvious but it is worth mentioning nonetheless. Often DIY replacement windows go bad when the installer runs into unexpected difficulties and does not know what to do. If this happens to you, get online and search for detailed advice, or try calling a pro in the area.

Helpful Tips for DIY Windows

There are definitely some other things to bear in mind as you get into the DIY replacement windows. No matter how confident you might become, don't get ahead of yourself. Make sure replacement immediately follows removal. In other words, do not tear out until that replacement unit is ready to go in. This is in case trouble arises and a single unit takes forever to take care of (which can happen). Never leave the house open overnight. This is the main reason why we don't want to get ahead in tear out. If weather rolls in or some other delay happens, you can at least get one of the new DIY replacement windows temporarily situated to cover the rough opening for the meantime.

DIY windows are an exciting type of project but one that has to be done with a lot of caution. This is a big job, one that will take many man hours of labor. Be prepared for that and do not underestimate the scope of the job. Know what's coming ahead and meet the challenge with vigor.

Get prices on materials from local suppliers serving your home area. Find the best rates for your do it yourself job and save even more money. Use the form at the top of the page and get quotes from multiple local companies near you. Find ways to cut costs and keep the entire project expense down to a minimum. Smart do it yourselfers are also frugal project managers and make DIY replacement windows a very affordable project to pull off through intelligent buys and smart material purchases.

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