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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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Replacing a Window

Replacing a window is an important and deceptively difficult home improvement project. There are many steps involved in this type of window work, and some of the them can vary based on the specific unit being installed. But the basic concept is there for all vinyl replacement windows. Replacing windows on your own may or may not be a goal you have in mind. If it is, it's extremely important to know what you are getting into before you get going on the project. If it's not, of course the importance shifts to having someone in place who is this kind of expert and is someone you can trust.

Replacing a window generally speaking has to start with the measurement of the new unit. This can be accomplished without removing the old window, which is great because in some cases new windows might take weeks to come in when they are ordered. Waiting that long for replacing them after tearing out the old frames obviously is not an option, because of the possibility of weather and many other reasons like window replacement costs. There are certain methods that can be used to measure the replacement unit; they might vary based on the style and type of window being installed. You may need to remove the stop material on the jamb and measure that way, or remove the trim and get a measurement of the rough opening. Specific directions for measurement can be found online. Make sure to use reliable sources when gathering this information. The most preferred sources are window manufacturers and licensed window contractors.

Removing Old Windows

When replacing a window, if the replacement unit has been ordered and is ready to go, it is time to remove the old frame to get it out of the way. Any interior and exterior trim pieces need to be removed. In many cases new construction windows install differently than the unit you've ordered, which in all likelihood will screw into place through the jamb. New build units sometimes have a nailing flange which allows the installer to nail them rather than screw them because the flange will be out of sight once the trim pieces are on. If this is the case, nails need to be pulled and the flange loosened.

Before replacing a window, this step has to be completely finished. It is important to always be mindful of the interior and exterior walls and to make sure not to do any damage. We don't want to create more work than simply installing the new unit and replacing the trim to get the job done. There is no need for creating unnecessary drywall or siding repairs as well. Save time and money by taking your time on removal. As strange as it sounds, it does save time overall to do this before replacing a window because it saves damage and thus eliminates extra repair work after the fact.

Examining the Rough Opening

Once the old unit is torn out completely, there may be another important step that sometimes has to be completed prior to replacing a window. The cost of waiting too long to get a job like this done when windows are leaking, for example, is normally that big repairs are needed in the rough opening before the new install can commence. This is usually not a bog deal but it can be major if the leaks were bad enough. Drywall may have to be removed and insulation replaced if any insulation got wet. And any studs in the wall that are weakened need to be replaced or sistered to strengthen the area and accommodate the job of replacing a window.

Replacing windows does not always require any action at this point. Sometimes we can go straight to the act of replacing and get it over and done with. Time savings in this area can make it much easier to get a whole house done in short order. Replacing a window with an energy efficient replacement must be done according to the manufacturer's instructions. One nice thing about this job for DIY homeowners is that the typical replacement window will come with decent instructions in the packaging, complete with a drawing of what screws go where and so on.

Replacing these units is not easy. It requires a certain set of skills from measurement to tear out to replacement and installing new trim. Getting the job done right requires a fair amount of ability on the part of the installer. Some handy homeowners can handle replacing a window but not many should attempt an entire house. Get low prices on replacement products as well as installation services when you use the free quote form we have provided. DIY enthusiasts and others can save on this job by shopping and comparing prices online.

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