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Installing Replacement Windows

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.

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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.

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