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Replacement Windows

Replacement Windows By Miriam Kasdan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Installing replacement windows in your home doesn't have to be as daunting as it may sound. It's not that difficult to follow the steps, and an expert can help ease the burden. After it's done, your energy bills should go down, recovering the cost soon enough.

There are many reasons homeowners might want to replace their windows. Maybe you live near a busy intersection, and want to reduce the noise from the streets outside. Or maybe you want replacement windows because your single-pane windows waste energy, resulting in costly bills. Or perhaps you live near a golf course, and one too many balls have come uninvited into your living room. It's not that hard to replace a broken window pane by yourself, but it would be best to install something more energy-efficient in its place.

Signs of Window Neglect

If the above reasons aren't applicable to your window replacement situation, perhaps your window just suffers from neglect. Here are some of the signs:
  • Cracked or broken panes;
  • Loose panes in the window frame;
  • Loose or cracked window putty or glaze;
  • Extensive use of the air conditioner in summer and the heater in winter, resulting in expensive energy bills.

Consider More Efficient Vinyl Replacements

On the opposite end of the spectrum from single-pane windows are vinyl replacements, which have energy-efficient features, are virtually maintenance-free, and operate smoothly for years. If you are replacing double-paned or insulated windows, you will have to replace both the glass and the sash around it. Consider these or a better solution than single-pane glass once you decide on replacement windows, and your home and energy use will benefit greatly.


About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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