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Replacement Windows vs Repairs When Selling Your Home

replacement windows

The decision between buying replacement windows vs repairing your current windows is a common dilemma when selling your home. A home inspector will more than likely uncover any window issues during the pre-sale inspection. In many cases this will negate the sale of your home, depending on the scope of the repairs and the issues they discover. The problems the inspector finds could range from simple component repairs such as latches to far more serious issues such as wood rot from extended exposure to water. If any of these conditions exist, you will be far better off if you move forward with the window repairs, or if needed, buying replacement windows, before you list your home on the market. Read more

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Questions You Should Ask Your Window Contractor

Window Contractor

Hiring a Window Contractor can be a daunting task. After all, you are about to make a significant investment in your home with your new windows and you want to make sure you can find a trustworthy, and reliable contractor to perform the work. The process of finding a contractor you can trust can be an emotional experience to say the least. To make an educated decision on which window contractor is best for your project; take the time to meet with a few contractors in your area, and get to know them. We have compiled a list of questions you should ask them so you can feel confident in your decision. Read more

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How to Repair Transom Windows

Transom Windows

Transom windows have been utilized in home design for several hundred years. In early designs, the main purpose of the windows was to allow additional light into a room as well as providing ventilation. More recently, transom windows have been incorporated into architectural designs more-so for their aesthetic value. Whether you live in an older home, or something more modern, at some point you may be forced to repair or replace the transom windows in your home. Read more

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Removing Moisture between Thermal Pane Windows

thermal pane windows

If moisture starts to appear between your thermal pane windows it is generally time to replace the insulated glass unit. More than likely the issue with the foggy windows is a broken seal. Since the basic construction of thermal pane windows is two individual panes with an air gap in between the glass, it is virtually impossible to clean the glass. Hence the need to replace the glass with new insulated glass.  This can save thousands of dollars over full unit replacement. Read more

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Pivot Shoe Replacement

Double Hung Window

Occasionally the plastic components of the pivot shoes on your windows will break. Although this is a rare occurrence, they do break from time to time and will need to be replaced with a new assembly. While the process for pivot shoe replacement varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, the following instructions provide a general overview for pivot shoe replacement on vinyl windows.

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Vinyl Window Repair Tips

Vinyl Window Types

Vinyl Windows became very popular in new home construction around 1990. Their popularity continued through 2005. A large percentage of homes built in this time period featured vinyl windows. If you own a home with vinyl windows that was built in this era; it’s just a matter of time before you need to perform a vinyl window repair yourself, or hire a reputable window repair contractor to do the work for you.

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Step 4 Video | Window Glazing Tips

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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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Step 3 Video | Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

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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Foggy Window Pane Repair

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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DIY Instructions for Window Sash Replacement

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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