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Glass Block Basement Window Installation Tips

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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

NFRC Window Energy Ratings Explained

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

Will the Installation of New Windows Reduce Energy Costs in my Home?

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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