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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If it is time to replace the windows in your home, your first hurdle is how to find a reputable window repair company. You may be replacing all of your older, outdated windows, for new energy efficient windows. Or perhaps you have a single broken window pane that requires attention. In either case; the search begins to find a reputable window repair company to provide the expert service and quality parts and workmanship you expect.

Window replacement or repair is a specialized field and should be performed by a company which has a great depth of experience in the home window repair industry. Hiring a reputable company will ensure the project is completed to your satisfaction.

A good place to begin your search is to explore one or more of the prevalent Contractor Directories. Some of the more trustworthy sources for searching for a window repair contractor include:

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NRFC Window Energy Rating Label

When shopping for new windows pay close attention to the NFRC Window Energy Ratings on the label. The NFRC, or National Fenestration Rating Council, is the entity that conducts the testing of windows that is required by manufacturers in order to apply the Energy Star® label on their windows.

What is a Fenestration Rating?

NRFC Window Energy Rating LabelYou’re likely wondering the meaning of the word Fenestration? The term Fenestration makes reference to any opening the wall of a building or your home. This includes windows, skylights, and all doors. Basically any entry point for light, access, or ventilation. For you scholars out there, the word Fenestration is derived from the Latin word “Fenestra” meaning “windows.”

What info is on the NFRC Label?

The NFRC Window Energy Ratings label contains: Read more
Double Hung Window Parts List

Before you start shopping for replacement double hung windows, you should familiarize yourself with the terminology. With a basic understanding of the components that make up a double hung window you will be able to communicate your needs and preferences to the window repair company more clearly and avoid any confusion.

Double Hung Window Parts ListWindow frames and window sashes of double hung windows can be constructed using a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, aluminum, clad wood, or steel. Refer to the illustration and glossary to learn about the basic anatomy of a double hung window:

Apron:

The board below the window stool on the interior of the home is referred to as an apron. This piece of trim covers the gap between the window frame and the drywall.

Casing:

The window casing is the finishing trim that covers the gap between the window frame and the structural framing of the house.

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After a thorough inspection of your home windows you may discover that it’s time to order Window Sash Replacement kits. If you are a skilled handyman you can perform this work yourself. If the project seems a little overwhelming you should hire a professional contractor in the Joliet, Naperville, and Plainfield area to remove your old windows and install a new Window Sash Replacement kit.

Step 1: Window Inspection

The first thing you need to do is inspect your windows to determine if a Window Sash Replacement Kit is all you need or if it’s time to replace the entire window assembly including the window frame and window sill.

Step 2: Measure the Window Opening

Before you purchase or order your new window sash replacement kit, carefully measure the existing sash opening. Measure the distance from Jamb to Jamb to determine the width. To measure the height; you will need to open the bottom sash and measure from the point where the exterior of the lower sash meets the window sill vertically to where the interior of the top sash contacts the window frame.

Step 3: Determine the Window Sill Angle

The standard angle of most window sills is 14 degrees. It is a good idea to confirm this by measuring the window sill angle with a protractor or angle level. You will need all of these measurements when you place your order for new window sash replacement kits.

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A little time spent now detecting window leaks in your home will pay big dividends down the road. The savings from this preventative window inspection can be as simple as reduction in your monthly utility bill or huge savings by avoiding costly repair bills. Here are several simple methods you can use to detect window leaks including the home pressurization test, the flashlight test, the paper gauge test, and a simple visual inspection for damage caused by window leaks.

Home Pressurization Box Fan Test

To locate small, yet potentially costly window leaks, you may need to perform a home pressure test:

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Savings Graph New Windows Reduce My Energy Costs

You just received your latest utility bill and are wondering if new windows reduce energy costs? If you live in an older home, with older windows, the answer is most certainly yes new windows reduce energy costs.

This is particularly true if you live in a Northern climate such as Illinois. Imagine the effects of the winter weather if you live in the windy city of Chicago and surrounding areas. A small leak around just a few of your older windows can add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill.

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Window Cleaning

You open your window blinds to let the beauty of the outdoors shine through. You enjoy watching the birds in your Naperville backyard as you sip on your morning cup of java. The last time you cleaned the windows on your Jolliet home was a year or two ago. Follow these window cleaning tips so you can fully enjoy the panoramic views of your backyard once again.

Selecting a Window Cleaning Product:

When searching for a window cleaning product at your local market, choose an environmentally-friendly-green brand that is made specifically for cleaning windows such as Clorox Green Works.

Make Your Own Window Cleaner:

Some window cleaners may leave your windows streaky. Have no fear; you can make your own window cleaner. Read more