If you've been thinking about replacing the windows in your home for the first time, it can be a somewhat daunting task to undertake. There are so many things to consider, and some seemingly unwritten rules about the process. Before you venture into your window replacement project, there are a few things you should know. Here are a couple of window installation tips to help you on your way.
Choose Your Glass Carefully
If you're installing windows adjacent to a doorway or one in your bath or shower, exercise caution by installing tempered glass. It's a generally unwritten rule of safety, but an important one. Tempered glass is designed so that it doesn't break into slivers and shards when it's broken. Instead, it breaks into larger, blunt pieces. This reduces the risk of injury significantly if someone is in the immediate area when it breaks.
Also, don't underestimate the benefit of opting for multiple panes. While double-pane windows are good for extra insulation, triple-pane windows offer even more protection. They cost a little bit more up front, but they will save you significantly in your home's climate control costs over the life of the window, offsetting that initial up-front investment.
Don't Go It Alone
When you are ready to install your windows, don't try to do it by yourself. Especially if you're installing any large windows, they're going to be heavy. Not to mention, they're going to be awkward to try to handle by yourself.
Another great reason to work with a glass replacement and window installation contractor is to ensure that your windows are secure and insulated. Without the right fit and insulation, your windows are going to leak. Check the insulation around the windows quickly by lighting a candle. Hold the candle near the edges of the window. If the flame doesn't flicker, you're good.
If you DO decide to install them by yourself, make sure you measure the opening properly. Measure from the top left to the bottom right corner. Then, repeat the process from the bottom left to the top right. The two measurements should be identical. This ensures that the window opening is square. Many people will use a level for that, but using the tape measure is more accurate.
With these tips, you've got a better chance of getting a great window installation. Talk with a local window glass contractor, such as Sanders Glass & Doors Co., today about your replacement options.