Recently, mostly due to the economy, home improvement has become a booming industry. There are countless do-it-yourself stores, websites and books available. One of the most popular upgrades to a home is replacing the windows. This is also one of the simpler projects you can do. Not only will it increase the curb appeal of your home, installing replacement windows is one of the most important upgrades if you are trying to make your home more energy efficient.
Where to begin when installing replacement windows
The very first step when installing replacement windows, before you do anything else, is to measure the old ones. To get the right size measure the width and then raise the lower sash and measure jamb-to-jamb at the top, center, and bottom. For the length, measure from the top of the window jamb to just below the window sill. One big mistake that people make is to assume that their windows are all the same size. This is not usually the case, so it is imperative that you measure all windows, even if they look like they are the same size. Measuring for replacement windows should be done even before ordering replacement windows. Most windows are designed to exact specifications and cannot be returned once ordered.
Finding advice for installing replacement windows
The next step to installing replacement windows is to find a few good do-it-yourself websites. Even if you've done it before, it is always a good idea to review. Look for a site with detailed instructions and pictures. Also, I advise finding someone to help you. This is really a two-person job. Replacement window installation, though fairly easy, takes some time, patience, and exact measuring.
There are many things to consider when choosing window styles, either for an existing home or one under construction.
Repairing broken windows yourself is not as difficult as one might think. Compared to installing a replacement window, this job is very simple.
Replacement Window Cost
The costs of vinyl replacement windows have a very large range, anywhere from $100 up to $700 or more. The cost depends on the size of the window and any added features a homeowner chooses.
DIY Replacement Windows
Replacement windows are a fantastic way to save money on utilities, update the look of your home and possibly increase the resale value. The cost of having the windows installed by a contractor, though, can be daunting.
Replacement Window Ideas
A great idea for a replacement window would be to create space with a bow window. This style protrudes out from the house, similar to a bay window.