Replacement Window 101 – The Basics
It’s that time of year again! If you are considering replacing one or all of the windows in your home, start here with the basics. Think of this as your guide to the whole window replacement process, courtesy of American Made Windows of Ocean Springs.
Start With An Assessment Of Your Current Windows
Often, we find that homeowners want to replace their windows for aesthetic reasons — maybe they want to update the style of their home or increase the curb appeal for an eventual sale. Those are valid reasons. Your home should match your taste and new windows will certainly improve your home value. But other times, the windows may look OK, but they just don’t keep in the heat or the cold out. When your windows lack efficiency, it’s time for a replacement. Look for these signs:
- They are hard to open or don’t open at all.
- The window frame is damaged or deteriorated.
- Air or water from the outside leaks into your home.
- Fogging appears between the panes.
Most of these signs are pretty obvious. You may be frustrated by a loss of functionality, see visible damage, feel a draft or spot water, or fog.
Learn To Speak The Language Of The Window
Before you start window shopping, learn the language. Understanding the industry terms and definitions will help in your research and conversations with window professionals. Get familiar with these common terms or check out the glossary of terms in our previous blog HERE:
- Double-hung – Two operable sashes on a window.
- Double-pane – Two sheets of glass within the sash of a window.
- Grille – The decorative piece that divides window panels and gives the appearance of multiple panes of glass.
- Mullion – The structural piece that attaches two separate windows together.
- Sash – The operable or stationary framework that sits inside the frame and holds the glass.
- Single-hung – One operable sash on a window.
- Single-pane – One sheet of glass within the sash of a window.
- Triple-pane – Three sheets of glass held together in the sash.
Get to know the options for installing windows
Unless you love a good DIY project, you need professional help to replace your windows. Doing it yourself may keep costs down — but the experts at American Made Windows are fast and efficient.
The professional installers at American Made Windows are certified to install the window we manufacture. They understand the correct installation process for each different window style and have the most knowledge and experience with our American Made product.
At American Made Windows, we will only sell you what you need, we will always give you the best advice, and remember that no matter what type of windows you need, American Made Windows has a solution that fits your budget. We pride ourselves on providing jobs right here in America and supplying an American-Made product to you. To find out more about our products, or to schedule a window inspection and estimate, contact us at 228-818-6136, or you can leave a message on our contact page. We provide window products and service for homeowners in the entire Gulf Coast region.