The windows and doors on your home affect the appearance of the home, but they are also an important part of maintaining the home's energy efficiency. If the windows in your home are old and leaking air, updating them can have a significant impact on your energy bill at the end of the year.
Inspecting the Windows
If you suspect you have windows that are allowing air to pass through them, around the frames, or if you suspect loose panes, it is time to have a glass company come out and inspect the windows for you. The glass company will check out the sash, frame, glass, and the trim around the window to determine if there is a leak. If they find a leak, they may be able to seal it, but if the windows are extremely old, it is a better idea to replace the entire window and sash with new, high-efficiency windows.
Replacing the Windows
Once the glass company has inspected the windows, they will let you know if you need to replace all of them or not. In most cases, replacing all of the glass at the same time is the best option so that all the windows last about the same amount of time. The glass company will measure all the windows in your home so they can be sure to get the right size replacement windows when they order them.
Once the windows arrive at the shop, the glass company will bring them to the site and get ready to remove the old windows from your home. The workers will only take out windows that they know they can replace the same day. If they took all the windows out at once, there is a very real possibility that you would spend a night without glass in your windows.
Once the windows are in place, the installers will take the time to put all the trim in place around your new windows and make them look great. They will also check the windows to see that they open and close properly so that is there is an issue, they can make adjustments to the frame. Most of the time, it the window is not working, it is because the frame is not straight and it is causing the pane to bind when opening and closing the window.
If you find one that is not working right, have the installer check it before they leave. Once the job is complete, adjusting the way the frame is installed means pulling the trim off and trimming the frame in the opening, so it is better to get it right the first time.
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