Replacing a broken or leaking window doesn’t have to mean a huge headache and hassle. Replacement windows of all sizes, shapes and types can be found through the building supply listings at DexKnows. When shopping for replacement windows, consider the following.
To measure the window’s height and width, you’ll need a tape measure and probably a ladder or step stool. You also may need a screwdriver for removing window treatments. For safety, always measure from inside the home. You may need to remove the curtains, shades or mini-blinds if you can’t place the measuring tape across the window area freely.
For the height, measure from the inside of the sill (at a point closest to the inside of the window) to the top of the window opening. Take three measurements—one on the left, middle and the right. Use the smallest measurement as the size dimension. Measure the width by spanning between the side jambs — always measure from the jamb and not the trim of the window. Be sure to measure the jambs from the top, middle and bottom because there may be slight variations. Use the smallest measurement for the width dimension.
Common styles include single hung, double hung, slider windows, casement windows and larger picture or bay windows. Picture or bay windows rarely open up to allow ventilation. This style allows ample natural light into a room and enhances a room’s beauty by providing a view of the outdoors. Slider windows slide on a track, allowing maximum ventilation for a room. Single and double hung windows feature the traditional up-and-down movement. The casement window usually tips outward and often is used in crawl spaces and basements.
Certain window frames can help improve your home’s energy efficiency. Aluminum or metal frames are lightweight, but are not as energy efficient as composite or wood frames. Wood frames do require maintenance, including painting and sealing, because they will expand and contract with the weather. Fiberglass frames can be filled with insulation to reduce home heating/cooling losses. Vinyl frames are some of the most common and don’t need painting. Some vinyl frame styles can be filled with insulation similar to fiberglass frames.
If you’re replacing windows, consider low-emissivity or low-e coated glass. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows manufactured with low-e coatings “reduce energy loss by as much as 30 to 50 percent.”
Need to replace that mini window on the wall next to your stairs? Even the smallest window can let in unwanted cold air if not sealed properly. Some smaller or odd-sized windows may need to be special-ordered. However, before you make that call, check with your local building supply or home improvement store. It may have your mini window in stock.
New doors and windows always have a factory sticker stuck to their surfaces. Remove the stubborn adhesives used as backing for the sticker with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth. Regular window cleaner is not as effective for removing sticky glue residue. There’s also a product called Goof Off.
If you have questions regarding which replacement window may work best for your space, look to one of the businesses featured in the DexKnows building supply lists.
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