How to Replace Basement Windows

By WindowShopper

April 19, 2016

How to replace your basement windows

If the windows in your basement are broken, you have to make sure that you get them fixed right away. In case the entire window is broken, you would most certainly have to replace the entire window.

Of course, there are times when the basement windows are in fine condition, but people just want to get them replaced, for the sake of remodeling, reducing drafts and saving on fuel costs. No matter what the cause, in case you have decided to remodel the basement windows, you would have to make a toughdecision.

Do you call the professional to do the task for you? Or do you do it yourself?

Of course, a professional would have a clear idea about how to replace the window. You usually don’t even have to go out of your way to find a contractor to do the job for you. If you are buying your replacement windows from Home Depot or Lowe’s, you will be able to ask them to send an installer to your house. Or you could personally hire an installer to do the job for you. It would cost you money (getting an installer to install a window costs about $99 at Lowe’s), but your window would have been installed by aprofessional and hence, steady.

On the other hand, it is not that tough a task for one to replace the windows in one’s basement. You will be able to do the task yourself- provided you are patient. All you have to do is follow the instructions to the T. By installing basement windows on your own, you will certainly be saving a lot of money and learning something new as well.

Here are some steps that will prepare you to replace the basement windows. You might not be able to do all the activities mentioned in these steps on your own, so keep somebody around to assist you.

1. Measure the window before you make the purchase. Even if your basement window does not meet the general window measurements, you will be able to provide the company with the custom measurements. It is necessary for these windows to fit perfectly in the sill. This will prevent any gaps or any lack of space when the window does arrive.

2. This is the only chance you are going to get to clean this area as properly as you can, so go ahead and do it. Having a clean sill will make it easier for you to install a window. You can just clean the sill with the help of a brush or an old cloth.

3. Take the new molding and put it around the window opening. Then, take the replacement basement windows and push them into place, from outside.

4. When installing the window, chances are that you will see a half inch gap on the sill. Do not panic- that is perfectly normal.

5. Once you have slid the window into place and you are sure that the window fits, start caulking.

6. You should find some instructions about where the caulk should be placed on the brochures or the guide that you received along with the window.

7. Once you have gone through the guide and found out where to place the caulk, prepare and actually place the caulk in the necessary areas mentioned.

8. Once the caulk has been placed, just put the window in the right area.

9. After this, you might want to level your replacement basement windows. In order to do the same, you would have to use shims. The specific instructions regarding the same would be mentioned in the guide for this is a process that is specific to the window.

10. In order to finish, place caulk outside the window so that the window will shield your house from water and air leakage in the future.

As you can see, it is quite easy for a person to install replacement basement windows. Once again, this is a job that requires patience, so it would be wise for you to have somebody around for both company andassistance. You will certainly be able to save a lot of money thanks to the same.

Once you have chosen the right basement replacement windows, follow the above mentioned steps. If you wish, you could see some instructional videos on YouTube and other such channels to get a clear idea about how to actually caulk or shim the windows.

Lowe’s Replacement Windows – Pros and Cons

By WindowShopper

December 4, 2013

Lowe’s is a company that hardly needs an introduction to most people. It is one of the best shops from which you can buy that replacement window you badly need. With Lowe’s, you will find windows of different price ranges and different designs and you will get a lot of help from the company in choosing the window itself.

In the 60 years that it has existed, Lowe’s has realized that customer service is one of the most important aspects of running a company and it does all it can to ensure that their customers are well satisfied. This is good news for people that are interested in buying their replacement windows from this company.

Started in 1946, Lowe’s has grown from being a small hardware store to one of the largest home improvement retail stores in the entire world. They have certainly come a long way, and all of this is thanks to their eye for quality and their flawless customer service.

They operate in the United States, Mexico and Canada as well. The one thing that makes this company different when compared to all the others from which you can buy replacement windows is the fact that Lowe’s collaborates with a lot of private brands in order to provide more options to their customers. You will be able to compare a lot of private brands and see which one suits you the most.

But before you buy replacement windows from Lowe’s, you have to make sure that you read up as much as you can about the windows they offer and the kind of offers that you get on the same, so that you can make an informed decision as a customer.

 

Lowe’s replacement windows features and pros

window frame in perspective on blue skyLowe’s is a reputed company that is best known for it’s home improvement products, so chances are low that you will end up with a window that is bad. You will be able to find multiple windows that suit your taste, your needs and your budget.

They collaborate with private brands, so the kind of options you get is also higher.

They have a large collection of replacement windows. It does not matter if you are looking for a single hung or a double hung, horizontal sliders, awning or bay windows; you will certainly be able to find the window you want through Lowe’s.

By buying a replacement window from Lowe’s, you won’t just be changing the look of your house, you will also be getting a window that is capable of saving a lot of your energy. Think about it this way- vinyl replacement windows are capable of saving a lot of energy and they require very little maintenance. The same cannot be said of the old windows that were probably installed in your house quite a while back.

Lowe’s provides for a free home window consultation as well. You just have to schedule a consultation and the specialist will take a look at your windows and provide you with advice regarding the replacement of the windows.

 

Lowe’s windows complaints and cons

Of course, there are some customers that have raised complaints about the windows that they have bought at Lowe’s and the cons of these windows. Here are some of the major issues.

According to some consumers, the windows develop a lot of condensation, which might actually leak into the window sills.

Some customers have actually had problems with the installation of the windows. It is not possible for you to install these windows on your own, and there are some Lowe’s installers that do not really know what they are doing. This might turn out to be a problem- in case you get an installer who does not know how to install windows, they might end up damaging your windows.

Keep in mind that the company sells a lot of third party windows. When searching for the right window, you have to read up about these private products, separately, to see if they are worth the cost or not. Using third party contractors means that if there are any delivery problems or delays, or any damage in the product, it will take a long time for you to get it addressed.

These are pretty much the three biggest cons of shopping for a replacement window from Lowe’s.

 

Lowe’s replacement windows cost and value

Lowe’s is the best option for people who have a flexible budget. Their replacement window prices start from $15 and goes up to $2000. The price of the window would depend on the size of the window and also the brand from which you are buying the window.

They have windows from Hy-Liter, AWSCO, Jeld Wen, ThermaStar, Project Source, etc.

If you wish to get the window installed by Lowe’s, you would have to pay an additional $100 for the installation.

What are Double Hung Windows?

By WindowShopper

December 1, 2013

What is a double hung window?

You already know that there are different kinds of windows. Double hung window is a window style.

This is a window that has a lower and upper window sash. These sashes will slide vertically, crossing each other through a casement. It is one of the most popular and the most traditional forms of windows. The sashes might be solid glass, or they might be divided for decorating purposes.

A double hung window comes with two grooves on the side jamps as well. They provide for some good ventilation, as the entire window, from top to bottom, can be opened up.

The difference between a double hung window and a single hung window is the fact that a double hung window can be controlled from both the top and the bottom whereas the single hung window can only be operated from the bottom. This might seem like an inconsequential detail, but it does change the look of the window. It also makes cleaning the window easier.

Double hung windows have started to become incredibly popular among the masses, especially the people who are remodeling their house and are looking for replacement windows. Sure the window does provide a lot of options for the house owners as it is easily one of the most versatile window designs.

 

Double Hung Sash WindowsDouble hung window benefits

Double hung windows have a number of benefits. They are quite easy to clean. It is possible for one to clean both the sides of the upper and the lower parts of the window, which one cannot do in a single hung window. The versatility provided by the window is also quite amazing. You will be able to choose to have a full screen or a half screen, depending on your comfort and your preference.

Double hung windows provide you with the option of opening only one portion of the window. So, you can open the top portion and keep the bottom one closed. This provides for easy and cheap cross ventilation within the house. This might actually help you reduce the amount of money you spend on electricity and energy every month. Double hung windows are good for families with newly born children. Since you can keep the bottom portion closed, you will be able to stop your toddler from just climbing out of the window. You don’t even have to keep both the windows closed for you can leave the top part open!

Double hung windows are made in many different materials. They are made of aluminum, vinyl, wood, etc. This makes it easy for people to find some replacement double hung windows as well. Installing these windows is as easy as installing a single hung window, so you or the installer won’t have to take any special efforts.

 

Double hung windows disadvantages and complaints

There are some complaints regarding double hung windows as well- but there aren’t a lot.

Double hung windows are believed to be less airtight when compared to the single hung windows. These windows might be good for cross ventilation, but they are no good when it comes to making things airtight. Casement windows are more airtight than these windows.

Double hung windows also provide for limited ventilation for you will just have half the window open at  any point of time.

There are some people who think that double hung windows are not the best looking windows. They are slightly bulkier when compared to single hung windows. It is also more complicated to repair them as you would have to replace the entire window even if one panel breaks.

There are a lot of complaints regarding the sliding capacity of these windows, so you have to do all that you can ensure that you don’t buy a cheap double hung window, in case you have made up your mind to buy one. If you buy one of the entry level double hung windows, chances are that you would end up with windows that are too rusted and creaky to move smoothly.

 

Double hung windows price and value

You can get double hung windows from as little as $15 and as high as $800. You will be able to buy some of the best double hung windows from Lowe’s or Home Depot. Popular window companies such as Stegbar, Anderson, Gelt Ven, etc. manufacture and sell double hung windows.