In the previous two videos in the wood window repair series we outlined techniques for safely removing the upper and lower sash of the windows in a Historic home. The 3rd video in the series provides window glazing tricks so you can properly remove and replace the glass. The following window glazing tricks demonstrate the proper technique for removing the old glazing, repairing the wood sash, and reinstalling the glass and new glazing. Read more
In the first video of the Wood Window Repair Video Series you learned how to remove the lower sash without damaging the components. The video specifically addressed the idiosyncrasies of working on a double hung window in a historic home. The second installment of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office window repair video series goes into greater detail on how to safely remove the upper sash, and what to look for in the process. Read more
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Are you restoring an older home? If so, you may be faced with the challenge of finding replacements for your historic home windows. If your existing windows are in need of repair you will need to make a decision between buying new replacement windows and repairing the old windows. While you can take advantage of the new technology incorporated into modern windows, you may sacrifice the historic value of the original windows in the home. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both options so you can decide the best route to take for your unique circumstance. Read more
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For many home owners storm windows are a thing of the past. Newer homes that are built with modern, energy efficient windows are designed to be efficient in all 4 seasons. However, if you live in an older home with outdated windows you may still be spending the first day of fall installing your storm windows in preparation for a cold winter. The best solution is to install new windows throughout your home. But if you don’t have room in your budget; storm windows can be a lower cost alternative. These aren’t replacements for your existing windows, but rather a secondary window installed on the exterior of your home. Let’s take a look at what that may entail. Read more
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Carrying Glass on the jobsite or at home can be more hazardous than you may imagine. In this article we will discuss the safe way to properly handle window glass. These tips are useful for both the professional contractor and a do-it-yourself homeowner. So if you are repairing or replacing the windows in your home, here are a few things to keep in mind when carrying glass. Read more
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The term Smart Glass may be sound like some sci-fi futuristic fantasy for windows of the future but it is very real and available in the present. While you won’t see it in the average household just yet, the homes of the not so distant future will more than likely all be equipped with smart glass. This technology can dynamically control the amount of heat and light that enters your home. Read more
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When the time comes to replace your windows there are several basic home window styles to choose from. Understanding the differences between these options will help you decide which home window styles you should consider for your upgrade. The first consideration is finding windows that match the architectural style of your home. You also need to know the opening sizes for all the windows before you start shopping. In many cases you can combine two or more windows into one larger opening to obtain a specific look. Read more
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If you live in an older home installing new windows will save energy costs. Older single pane windows are far less efficient when compared to new high-performance windows which are constructed with two panes of glass and a Low-E Coating. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and reduce the heat loss through the windows by 10 to 20 percent depending on the style of the existing windows.
Installing New Windows Will Save Energy, But How Much?
Yes it is true that an upgrade to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and thus reduce your monthly utility bill. However the amount you will save varies greatly depending on what area of the country you live in. The style and condition of your current windows can affect your savings as well. While upgrading from double pane windows to ENERGY STAR® windows will reward you with some savings, the payback is far greater if you current windows are single pane.
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If you need to replace your old, single-pane basement windows consider upgrading to Glass Block windows. Glass Blocks are weather-tight, maintenance-free, and are very energy efficient. With an R-Value of up to 2.0 glass blocks will help to keep your basement warm in the winter, an important consideration for those of us living in Illinois and other northern states.
Follow These Basement Window Installation Tips
Clear the Window Opening
Remove the old window being careful not to break the glass to avoid injury. Using a pry-bar or wrecking bar remove the old window jamb. You may need to use a saw to cut the wood at the four corners for a clean demo. Remove the window sill, the side jambs, and the head jamb. Using a hammer and chisel chip away at any remaining mortar and/or wood that may be left behind. Read more
When it comes time to replace your basement windows you may want to consider an upgrade to Glass Blocks as a cost-effective, practical solution. Glass block basement windows are weather-tight and virtually maintenance free, even when installed in the harsh climate in Naperville Illinois. The glass blocks will serve a dual purpose of not only letting the sunshine in to illuminate your basement; they will also keep the average burglar at bay.
Benefits of Installing Glass Block Basement Windows in Your Home:
Glass block windows can be up to 2 times more efficient as compared to conventional basement windows. The R Value of a single pane of glass is generally about 0.85, while the R Value of a glass block can range from 1.5 to 2.0. Most standard block windows are equally efficient as compared to more expensive thermal pane windows. Read more
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