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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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Window Sill Replacement

Window sill replacement is a lower priced alternative to having to make an investment in a house full of wood or vinyl replacement windows. In some cases it is not necessary to replace the old window units when only the sills are rotted. Depending on how the original window was constructed, window sill replacement can be very simple or somewhat complicated. But for the monetary savings it provides especially in older homes of some historical significance where a restoration rather than a remodel is being sought, replacing sill materials is actually quite often a viable option. Homeowners who are thinking about doing something like this in their homes need to know all that is involved and understand the potential complexity of the job so that they are ready to face it with eyes wide open.

Exterior and interior window sill replacement are two different projects, though sometimes due to water infiltration both need to be done at the same time. There are also situations where this work might be completed strictly for cosmetic reasons. When this is the case, great care must be used in removing the old sills and making sure that the exterior side is properly sealed when the job is done. Making a home more energy efficient includes attending to the old windows and making sure that they are leak proof. One of the components of this work is ensuring that sills are in good shape and properly sealed.

Replacing an Interior Sill

Window sill replacement inside the home is a project homeowners might want to do for different reasons, but in all their variety they basically boil down to two categories: functional and cosmetic. Functional replacement occurs when the old materials are rotted or severely damaged, usually due to water infiltration. Cosmetic repairs are done just for looks, but are equally important in window replacement cost because they must be done right in order to continue protecting the home from the outside weather.

Replacing sills on the interior side is usually simple, but it can get complicated depending on the situation. In some cases with older windows, the sills are built in and are actually attached to the jamb from the underside. When this is the case, often the window stop material has to be removed from the jamb and the sill needs to be cut in half with a chunk removed from the middle so that both ends can be taken out. It is important to do this step sometimes in order to create room to get that material out, but it's important to use caution in making the cut. Finishing the last part of it with a hand saw is advised.

Replacing an Exterior Sill

Exterior window sill replacement follows the same general pattern, but in more frequent cases the material is attached and needs to be cut out carefully. There are installers who will simply remove the entire window, replace the sills and make any other necessary repairs, and then reinstall the window and trim it out. This replacement method is extremely time consuming and labor intensive, and depending on the condition of the original frame, it may also be a bit dangerous. However, if it can be pulled off, it's a great way to match up the old angles and make the new sills exactly work with the rest of the jamb and frame.

It is up to the installer how to go about window sill replacement. But it is important to note that regardless of the technique used, this job is often more complex than it first appears. It is smart to get some quotes on sill replacement from licensed and experienced professionals in your home area to evaluate the wisdom of doing a job like versus just going ahead and getting some new windows. It is always good to have a fully informed perspective on these matters.

Preventing Window Sills from Rotting

When the job is done, making sure everything is sealed amounts to much more than an ounce of prevention. This is also true of newer windows as time goes by. Preventing water infiltration, sill rot, and other issues that lead to the need for replacement is something that can be done fairly easily. Put in basic terms, if the windows are installed right and maintained, there is no reason window sill replacement should ever be needed. Keep a good coat of caulk and paint on at all times in the interior and exterior and prevent the need for window sill replacement. But alas, this advice may be too late for some folks who have inadvertently let their windows go, or for individuals who have recently bought homes that need some work. Get prices on window sill replacement using the form we have provided and save money on expert services.

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