Out With The Old, In With The Airtight: How To Prepare For Replacement Window Installation

Anyone who lives in an older home knows the scourge of drafty windows. They make the summer hotter, the winter colder, and can increase your monthly energy bills by 10% to 25%. With such agonizing side effects, finally pulling the trigger and calling a home window company to replace the ineffective and ancient panes is a great relief. However, you now need to prepare for the inevitable construction; here are four ways to get ready.

 

    • Strip ’em down. Window treatments such as shades and blinds need to be taken down before any work can begin. Take care of this, in addition to the removal of any glass ornaments or decorations that may be hanging, before your installers arrive. Work will be able to begin immediately.

 

    • Clear space. Discuss with your installer how much space will be required to operate inside and outside the home for each window. You may need to move furniture, clear debris, and remove breakables from wall shelves or nearby cabinetry. Outside, ladders may be needed to reach over bushes and gardens.

 

    • Safety first. Make sure any children or pets are safely tucked (or locked) away from the construction. Accidents are called accidents for a reason; by being proactive and ensuring that no little ones or fur babies will come close to the contractors and their work, you can guarantee their safety.

 

  • Check the labels. Though uncommon, it’s possible that you may not have received the windows you ordered. In addition to checking for any damage (like cracks in the frame or broken glass), keep an eye for the labels that state these are the windows you’re looking for. Again, you most likely won’t encounter a mixup or mistake, but it’s always smart to be vigilant.

 

Installing windows is a messy, but ultimately worthwhile venture. Ordering replacement windows may seem like quite the ordeal, but when you consider the savings — both emotional and financial — you’ll come to realize that life with newly upgraded windows is simply better!

 

If you have any questions about installing windows, don’t hesitate to call Best Windows, Inc. at (708) 204-2446.

4 Tips for Protecting Windows from Storm Damage

High-quality, properly-maintained windows can last for 20 years or more, depending on the material. However, even the very best residential windows cannot always withstand the gale-force winds and blunt force trauma that comes with a wind storm. As such, when forecasters warn of an upcoming storm, many homeowners scramble to protect windows any way they can.

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or any kind of strong wind, window damage prevention is always a good idea. To avoid installing windows after every low-pressure system moves through, use the following four window-protection tips.

1. Plywood is Your Friend

Plywood boards make cheap, easy-to-find exterior window protection. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recommends choosing a plywood board that is at least ⅝ of an inch thick to prevent high winds or flying objects from shattering window glass. Cut the plywood to be a few inches larger than your window, and drill or nail the plywood to your home’s siding. If you have a brick or stucco exterior, cut the plywood to fit within the window frame, and affix the board to the frame material instead.

2. Don’ t Believe Window Protection Myths

Some individuals believe that creating an X with duct tape on window glass will support windows against strong winds or flying debris. However, duct tape will do little but create sticky stains on your glass, and tape could possibly break the glass when you attempt to remove it. Skip the duct tape, and look for sturdier and safer storm protection.

3. Install Hurricane Film or Storm Shutters

Hurricane film is a clear adhesive sheet that prevents broken window glass from entering a home. Though this method may not keep windows from suffering storm damage, it can help keep you and your family safe from flying glass. For a stronger long-term solution, consider installing metal or plastic storm shutters that can be closed over window glass whenever a storm approaches.

4. Consider Installing Windows Made with High-Impact Glass

High-impact glass is another long-term storm protection option for homeowners. This type of window features layered panes of glass and plastic designed to withstand bad weather. Installing windows with high-impact glass might even lower your insurance premium.

Help your windows last longer by protecting them from storm damage. While both short-term and long-term solutions can prevent storm damage to your window glass, hiring a window company to install windows with high-impact glass might be the best way to save money in the long run. For more information about window repair and installation, contact Best Window Inc. today!