When a window needs to be replaced–either in its entirety or just one part–homeowners can choose either a sash replacement, a frame-and-sash replacement, or a complete window replacement. Read on to learn about the differences between each option. If you have any questions after reading this blog, feel free to contact us!
The “sash” of a window is movable, consists of a vertical and horizontal frame, and holds the glass in place.
If you need to replace just the sash of a window, it can be a relatively easy do-it-yourself project. Many window manufacturers offer replacement sash kits.
The problem with just a sash replacement, whether done by professionals or the homeowner, is that the existing window and its frame must already be in excellent condition. This will keep air and moisture from leaking. An energy auditor or contractor may be able to determine the condition of the window’s components.
A window’s frame provides support through three main components: the head (the top horizontal part), the jambs (the vertical parts at the sides of the window), and the sill (the bottom horizontal part).
Replacing the window frame is a good idea if you notice rot in the sill, or if you think the window has water leaks. Removing and replacing the frame can correct many problems. However, if an inexperienced person performs the replacement, you may end up with misaligned windows that are prone to the same problems.
Complete Unit Replacement
If your windows have not been replaced for several years, or if they have a few different problems, it may be more efficient and cost-effective to get a full replacement. Not only can you be sure that all the different pieces fit together perfectly, but new windows can increase the resale value of your home.
A full replacement, performed by qualified contractors, will ensure that every part of the window is properly aligned and in good condition, keeps out moisture and drafts, and is the right match for your house’s style.
Are your windows due for a replacement? Contact us at Turner Roofing to get an estimate and more information.