Window Decorating

As you start to decorate your home for the holiday season be sure to spruce up your windows as well. Trimming the tree and adding garland throughout the home can bring some Christmas Cheer but you can take it one step further and trim your windows for the Holiday’s. Here are some easy and inexpensive Holiday Window Decorating Ideas:

Before You Do Anything!!!

Never ever drill, screw or nail anything into a vinyl window frame. Never ever, ever use a hair dryer to melt ice on your window glass unless you want to pay me to replace your window glass. When screwing, drilling or nailing into a wooden window frame be sure you are no less that 2 full inches away from the glass. Remember that the glass goes into the frame almost an inch so there is glass where you cannot see it. When glass is cold it is more fragile than when it’s warm so don’t hit or push on the glass. Take care not to push too hard when applying suction cup hooks. When removing old tape residue, use window cleaner and a razor blade. Never scrape glass with a razor without applying cleaner first. Dry glass will scratch. Use common sense when decorating your windows.

Paper Snowflake Cutouts

One of our favorite Holiday Window Decorating Ideas is making Paper Snowflake Cutouts with our kids. Children of all ages will get into the Christmas spirit as they display their creativity. Gather white paper, Christmas Wrapping Paper, or Coffee Filters to create your winter snowflakes. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

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window glazing tips

Window Glazing Tips | Secure the Glass Window Pane

Carefully place the new glass into to the window frame. Gently tap triangle glazing points to secure the glass. You can push the glazing points into the wood with your putty knife and then carefully tap them with a small hammer until they are below the height of the inner wood frame. Install 2 on top, 2 on bottom, and 1 on each side of the replacement window pane.

Window Glazing Tips | Apply the Glazing

Purchase high-quality glazing from your local hardware store. Use fresh glazing every time. Older, previously opened tubs of glazing may not stick very well and may not be malleable enough to shape properly.

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Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

Now that you have removed the broken glass and removed the old window glazing, it’s time to measure the frame to determine the size of the new window glass. To provide clear access to the frame, remove the storm window and screen. In some cases the storm window can be removed from inside the home. In any case carefully handle the storm window to avoid breaking any additional window panes.

Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

Once you have removed 100% of the window glazing, place the bare window frame in its closed position before measuring and cutting window glass. For more accurate measurements, it is best to work from outside the home so you can have a clear line of site.

Measure Twice Cut Once

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Now that you have cleaned up the broken glass the next step is to remove the old window Glazing.

Video Step 2 | How to Remove the Old Window Glazing

Safety Gear:

Before you start to remove the old window glazing you should find your safety glasses. If you are like the average do-it-yourself Handyman, your safety glasses are probably buried in the back of the tool box. It’s time to fish them out for this project to protect your eyes from flying debris as you chip out and remove the Old Window Glazing.

Tools Required:

For this step of your project you will need the following tools:

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broken window pane replacement

Watch the following video to learn the step by step procedure for broken window pane replacement. Be sure to watch the entire video series including Video Step 2: Removing the Old Window Glazing, Video Step 3: Measuring and Cutting the Window Glass, and Video Step 4: Window Glazing.

Broken Window Pane Replacement Video

Safety First

Before you start to remove the broken glass from the frame, you need to take a few safety precautions:

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foggy window repair

Home windows in Illinois are subject to extreme temperature fluctuations throughout the day. This is particularly true in late fall and early spring when daytime temperatures can be much higher than the nighttime low. This can lead to a structural failure in the window pane itself, causing foggy windows, and ultimately, a foggy window pane repair.

The cause of the foggy window pane is the failure of the air-tight window seal between the double panes or triple panes of the glass window itself. While most window pane seals last for many years, the constant expansion and contraction of the window can lead to seal failure over time.

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Row Window Sash Rot Inspection

With the fall season upon us in Illinois and now that the leaves have started turning colors; it’s time to prepare your winter window inspection checklist. You need to perform a thorough examination of your windows before the Illinois temperatures drop and well before the first snowflake falls. Preparing and following your winter window inspection checklist each fall can ensure your home is ready to fend off the cold temperatures and blustery winter weather.

Why should you inspect your windows before winter? Because, in the colder climate like we have in Illinois; the windows of your home are one of the primary sources of heat loss.

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Having trouble keeping your double hung windows open? Do you find yourself propping up the window sash with a stick? The problem may be related to your window balance assembly. If the problem is prevalent on all of your double hung windows it may be time to install new replacement windows throughout your home. If the issue is isolated to just one or two windows you may want to consider a window balance assembly repair or replacement.

The easy part of the repair is removing the broken window balance assembly and installing the new components. The more challenging aspect of the balance assembly repair is identifying the style of the balance so you can purchase the correct parts to complete the repair.

Identifying the Window Balance Assembly Type

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basement windows

Converting your basement to a finished living space will greatly increase the overall living area of your home and also increase the market value of your property. Adding basement windows to your home will be an important step in this home makeover project.

While you may be quite capable of performing the interior work yourself, the major work of adding basement windows should be left up to a professional contractor. A reputable window contractor will inspect the structure prior to performing any work and will obtain the proper building permits, if required.

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Casement Window Open

When shopping for new windows for your home; be sure to choose a window style that matches the architectural style of your home. While your personal taste may be a major factor, it is still important to select a window style that will complement the look of your home. If your new windows don’t match your home it may affect the resale value of the property and will certainly reduce the curb appeal.

Follow these tips to determine a Window Style best suited for your home:

Cape Cod Homes:

The Cape Cod architectural style originated in New England but is now popular throughout the country. Cape Cod Cottages are generally a story and a half and feature a steep pitched room. They often feature a large central chimney which supports multiple fireplaces within the home. The windows on a Cape Cod home are usually adorned with shutters. The most appropriate window style for a Cape Cod home would be a double hung window with grids or Muntins to break up the larger panes.

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