Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 1 of 4)
The third pillar to a satisfying replacement window project may be the most important: the Installation. An improper installation can undo all the good of the other three pillars: Window Frame, Window Glass and Window Design.
In this four-part series on the proper installation of your replacement windows, we will discuss the many issues that need to be addressed for a successful installation. In this, the first of four parts, we’ll investigate why proper installation is such an important pillar in a successful replacement window project.
Windows Can Only Perform as Well as the Installation
Your windows can only perform as well as the installation job of your replacement window installer. A window opening is essentially a big hole in your home. Your house is constructed as a complete system designed to keep the outside weather out and enable you to heat and cool the inside temperature efficiently. The window openings are holes in that sealed window envelope. Without windows properly filling those openings, your home will be the same temperature inside as it is outside and anything happening outside (like rain, snow, wind, bugs, noise — and intruders) will be come right inside. Windows fill those holes with a window frames and glass to let light into your home and allow you to see what’s happening outside. If there are big gaps between your windows and your walls, you are essentially letting all those outside elements in. Continue reading Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part I
Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass II
Our last post in this series on the Four Pillars of a Superior Replacement Window Experience, we provided a short history of glass up to the introduction and adoption of insulated glass for use in windows. In this post, we’ll describe some of the advances that have taken place in the last few decades that improve both the durability and performance of the high efficiency insulated glass used in some replacement windows today.
Insulated Glass Improvements
Since the original insulated glass for windows was created, many improvements have been made in spacer materials, bonding agents, desiccants and seals, all designed to improve the performance and durability of the glass and window unit. One of the biggest enemies of insulated glass units is what’s commonly known as seal failure. This is when the bonding agent or agents that “glue” the glass panes to the spacer and seals them against infiltration of air and moisture into the space between the panes is broken, allowing moisture into the insulated glass air space. In addition to reducing the thermal efficiency of the window, seal failure often causes the glass to “fog” with condensation, reducing visibility through the glass. Over the past several decades, a great deal of scientific testing with different sealant materials has made great advances in the durability and performance of window sealant technology. The best performing insulated glass today uses two different types of sealants to ensure the strength, durability and performance longevity of the Insulated Glass Unit or IGU. Continue reading Four PIllars: Replacement Window Glass (Part II)
Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass (Part I)
As discussed in prior posts on this site, there are four key pillars that ensure a positive replacement window experience. Like a chair that has a broken leg, losing just one of these pillars will diminish your ultimate satisfaction with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we will discuss each of these pillars to your happiness. Some of these are so complex, that will take more than one post adequately address.
Your window is mostly glass. It’s the defining element of your window. Without glass, your window would simply be a hole in the wall through which heat and cold, precipitation, debris, insects and other intruders would enter your home. Continue reading Four Pillars: Window Glass Part I
Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part II)
There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we will discuss the first of these pillars: the window frame material.
In our last post, we discussed some of the pros and cons of window frame materials, including wood, steel and aluminum. In this post, we will discuss the features and benefits of some of the newest and most popular window frame materials available today, namely vinyl and composite window frames.
Perhaps one of the most popular replacement window framing materials in recent years, vinyl has a number of advantages over other framing materials like wood, steel and aluminum, but also has a number of drawbacks inherent in the material. Continue reading Four Pillars: Window Frame Part II
Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part I)
There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we will discuss the first of these pillars: the window frame material. This post will refer to some of the first window frame materials: Wood, Steel and Aluminum. In our next post we will discuss Vinyl and Composite window frames.
Your Window Frame
Over time, many materials have been used for the window frames: wood, metal, plastics and composites.
One of the first materials to frame window glass, wood window frames have been around for centuries and are still used by many manufacturers today. Among Wood Windows’ appeal to many are the classic warm appearance of wood, its relative energy efficiency, and its flexibility to match many architectural styles and decors through staining or painting. Among Wood Windows’ less appealing attributes are the regular maintenance requirements of scraping, painting and sealing, proclivity to rot and insect damage and limited species availability. Continue reading Four Pillars: Window Frame Part I