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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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Installing Replacement Windows

Installing replacement windows is easier than ever before with window replacement kits that are now available. Available online, or at your local home improvement stores, these kits come in a wide variety of styles. If you are a homeowner who has put off this project of replacement windows cost, read on about how easy installing replacement windows can be for do it yourselfers.

Your first step to installing replacement windows is to choose the style you want to put in your home. They can be found in wood, vinyl, and composite. Vinyl replacement windows are a new favorite because of their low maintenance. You can choose single hung, casement or double hung styles, just to name a few. You can also choose from double glazed or a storm replacement window.

Once you have chosen your style, you will want to take the measurements of the old window. Check your existing frames to ensure they are not rotten or damaged. If they are, you will need to replace the frames as well. To take the measurements, measure top to bottom in three locations, left side, right side, and in the middle. Record the lowest measurement. Secondly, take the measurements from side to side in three locations, top, bottom, and middle. Again, record the smallest measurements. Determine if the window is square by taking diagonal measurements from corner to corner on both sides. If the measurements are the same or within a quarter of an inch, your opening will be square and you are ready to move on.

Removing Old House Windows

When installing replacement windows, removing the old ones carefully is important. You do not want to damage the frame or the old inside stops as you may want to reuse them for the new ones. Begin by carefully removing the inside stops and setting them aside for later. Next, remove the old sashes by cutting through the nails or screws where they are attached to the frame. Carefully remove the window from the opening and put aside. You may want to donate the old window to charity for a tax write off.

Your next step to installing replacement windows is to clean the old frame thoroughly. Scrape off any existing paint or calking and sand down any rough spots. Now is a great time to add expanding foam to any gaps you have around the opening. Adding expanding foam will seal the gaps and add insulation. It takes about six hours to dry, so give yourself plenty of time. You can cover the opening with plastic overnight to give the foam time to dry and finish installing the replacements the next day if it is convenient. Once dry, cut away any expanding foam that expanded beyond the gaps using a utility knife and sandpaper, and paint or seal your frame.

Installing Windows

Dry fit your new replacement by installing it into the opening to ensure it will go in easily. If it fits within a quarter of an inch, you are in great shape to move on. Set it aside and calk around the inside edge and against the outside stops. Place it back into the opening and secure with a screw in one edge to hold it in place. When installing replacement windows you always want to check that they are plumb and square. You can use a level to ensure the windows are plumb and measure diagonally to be sure they are square.

If your replacement is not square or level, you can use shims around it until you get it to where it needs to be. Shims are small pieces of wood that are thin at one end and gradually get larger at the other end. They can be purchased at any home improvement store. Once your shims are in place and your window is square and level, secure it in place and trim the shims with a utility knife. Finish by installing the inside stops back in place and calk around the window. Check the outside of the window for gaps. If there are any and you do not have an insert to cover them, installing a small piece of wood to cover the gap will work fine. Calk any outside seams and paint the trim if desired.

Installing replacement windows is a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your home and add a beautiful new look. Installing windows is easy by following a few simple steps. Before installing replacement windows check to ensure your existing frames are undamaged and can be reused. Take your measurements carefully and be sure you have a square, level opening. No matter which style you choose, installing replacement windows can be an easy weekend project.

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