About Replacement Windows

About Replacement Windows

By John Galbraith

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Replacement windows are a less expensive and less invasive way to replace a broken window, as they require little demolition work. Find out why replacement windows might be a good option with advice from a general contractor in this helpful video on home improvements.

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Hello, my name is John Galbraith, and today we're going to be talking about replacement windows. A replacement window is a less expensive way of replacing your windows without tearing out the stucco or the siding of your house. There is less demolition involved. Basically, you remove the old sashes and the frames of the old windows and then you install the new ones right over the old frames, and they work just like a new window with all the work involved in it, except for maybe 25 percent of the cost and mess. As far as measuring a window, if you're going to do it yourself and you are going to be relaying these measurements to the prospective company, you always start with the horizontal measurement first and then the vertical. For instance, let's say your window is four feet wide by three feet tall. You would give it in that order, and that's standard for doors and windows. Also, when your old window has been removed, you take the exact measurement of what is left over after the window is out, and subtract a half inch in both directions. This is to allow for expansion and contraction for Winter and Summer heat and cold. Now, the difference between doing it yourself and having a professional contractor do it is that, if in the event that the window should leak in the future, the contractor is liable to resolve that problem. If you do it yourself, you might have a hard time troubleshooting the leak. There is a specific way of weather sealing a window, whether it be a replacement window or one that's done from scratch, and that's probably one of the most important things about installing any kind of window. My name is John Galbraith, and we've just been talking about replacement windows.

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John Galbraith is a general contracter with over 30 years of experience.

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