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How to Maintain the Windows in Your Home


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To the windows... to the walls!

Sorry, we had too.

Dean Sharp goes over all things windows today!

He discusses different styles, and how we can repair our windows!

When it comes to different styles, there are multiple options. Here are some of the style options.

1.Fixed - no movement

2.Sliding - side to side

3.Single hung - one sash moves up and down - old style counter weight and rope

4.Double hung - both sashes move up and down

5.Casement - hinged with stay bar or sliding pivot with crank

6.Awning - hinged at the top

7.Hopper - hinged at the bottom

8.Pivot - vertical or horizontal

9.Tilt and Turn - combo casement/hopper or pivot/hopper

10.Transom - above another unit

As well there's different styles to windows. Each serve a different purpose.

1.Vinyl -

More vinyl (PVC) windows are sold than all other types of window construction combined - about 67% of the residential window market.

•Inexpensive but long lasting

•Excellent insulator

•tend to be bulky in order to be strong - new Milgard Style Line “Trinsic” low profile

•colors are limited—white, tan and brown—and vinyl is difficult to paint

•specialty colors are only on the exterior

2. Fiberglass / Composite -

Only 3% percent of the window market but fast gaining a reputation for durability and maintenance-free.

My preferred replacement window - simulates wood

Stronger than vinyl, won't warp, rot or crack.

Roughly double the price of a comparable vinyl.

Multiple factory lifetime colors but also easily painted

Some brands come in a natural wood exterior finish

3. Aluminum -The Architect's Friend

extremely strong, which means thin frames and sashes and more glass.

•Metal is a poor thermal performer

•Expands and contracts rapidly relative to glass, putting stress on seals.

•Although impervious to moisture, insects and rot, aluminum is susceptible to the corrosive effects of salt air, so it's not the best choice for coastal climates.

4. Wood

Not as durable, susceptible to rot and insect attack, require maintenance and cost more … still … wood has that je ne sais quoi … so who cares.

No building material compares with its natural beauty and warmth.

Wood is a good insulator, and modern weather-stripping techniques and hardware components make drafty wood windows a thing of the past.

Wood accepts paint and stain readily, and its workability makes wood ideal for custom applications.

Listen to Dean explain it all below

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