|Whether it's a misguided baseball, or storm damage, sooner
or later most homeowners will have to deal with window
replacement, a chore that is not high on any handyman's
list of things they want to do with their spare time.
This could involve storm window replacement, replacement of
window screens, or installing an entire replacement window.
No matter the reason for the work, you really need to take
a few things into account before heading for the building
The first consideration is the age of your home. Older
houses, particularly farm-style or country houses, tend to
have very old types of windows, consisting of wooden sashes
and hardware that is no longer made. If you wish to keep
the antique look intact, you might have to search out a
supplier of obsolete or out-of-date locks and fastenings to
complete your work.
Most modern houses lean towards convenience, and window
replacement for them is fairly simple, involving a building
industry standard sized window that is easy to acquire.
These are also the type of windows that have such features
as sliding multiple panes that save you the bother of storm
They do, however, have screen panels for summer, but screen
window replacements for modern windows are also easy to
obtain, and pop right into the sliding tracks.
If you're considering window replacement for energy
efficiency, it is unlikely you will get exactly the same
dimension windows that you have now, unless they are custom
made. In that case, it would be wise to seek the advice of
experts at your building supply store, or hire a
professional to make sure you get the most out of your
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About the author:
Sarah Peters works at home, and spends most of her free
time on various home improvement tasks. Over a few years,
she had all her house windows replaced. In this series of
articles, she shares her experience and advice.
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