Even though windows are so common and universal, replacement windows are often a real challenge to the average homeowner. Old windows can let the elements in and make heat or cold air escape from your home. Therefore, it is so important to understand how to replace windows effectively. 

Removing old windows

When removing old windows, you are not removing the entire window originally installed. Only the sash and a few other related parts are removed. The sash is the part of the window that holds the glass and opens and closes the window. It is very complicated to remove every bit of material from the old window and, therefore, some of it remains connected to your house

When to replace windows

  • Drafts

Chilly breezes can come from tiny cracks in window glass or window frames.

  • Windows that are difficult to open and close

When windows are difficult to open and close, they may have broken hinges, latches or cranks that may necessitate a full replacement rather than a repair.

  • Windows that are cracked or peeling

When the paint on windows is alligatored, cracking, peeling or the wood is starting to rot, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the windows.

What type of replacements do you get?

  • Full-frame replacements

With a full-frame window replacement, the entire window and frame are removed. It is ideal for older homes because it ensures none of the possibly deteriorating frames remains.

  • Pocket replacements

Pocket window replacements involve leaving the old window frame intact. The new window is simply slid into place as a retrofit.

The most common types of windows

  • Double-hung windows

This kind of window features two sashes that slide vertically up and down inside the frame.

  • Single-hung windows

This type of window looks like a double-hung window, but only opens from the bottom.

  • Casement windows

These windows are hinged and work by a turn of a crank in a specially-designed operating mechanism.

  • Slider windows

These windows glide along a track horizontally over or past the other window.

  • Awning windows

This type of window is hinged at the top and open outward to let air flow in from the left or right and the bottom.

The most common types of materials used for windows

  • Vinyl

Vinyl windows are very affordable. They provide excellent moisture resistance and require very little maintenance. 

  • Fibreglass

Fibreglass windows expand and contract less than vinyl windows and are stronger. They can also be painted to match trims and sidings. 

  • Wood

Wood windows are quite pricey but are a very stylish option. Wood makes for a great insulator. It can be painted or stained but require regular maintenance.

Ready for window replacements?

If you require replacement windows, it is advisable to discuss your needs with an expert contractor. This way, you can be sure that your windows are properly fitted, and the style suits the interior. Marjon Solutions can help you with all your window replacement needs. Contact us today to discuss your unique requirements.