What you need to know about replacement windows

April, 2013 by

If your home is only 15 years old, replacement windows are something that will be of little interest to you, however, those who own older homes may be thinking about them, especially when water starts coming in the house, drafts become impossible to stop and they look like they have had one coat of paint to many. This is genuinely the time to undertake Home Improvement Rochester NY.

Replacing the windows in an older home is a great way to drive down the energy costs as well as the opportunity to change the appearance and décor. The first thing that needs to be determined when making the Home Improvement Rochester NY is the material. The common choices are wood and vinyl. Once the material has been selected, the nest thing is to decide what type of window; will they be double hung, fixed or sliding. Once these basic decisions have been made, and the budget has been decided upon, an informed and certain decision can be made.


Many people will stay with the design of the current windows as they fit the external appearance well. However, replacement windows can be selected that open in any of the available ways.

Casement windows are hung from vertically installed hinges. The entire window can then swing either in or out by turning a crank. Casement windows that open to the outside will catch more breeze, but if there is an obstruction, such as trees, then having them open inward is desirable.

Double or single hung window types are made from two casings that each holds the glass. The designs can be set so that the upper casing remains stationary and the lower slides up and down, or both casing can be moveable. Sliding windows are identical in their design, the difference being, they slide sideways whereas double hung slide up and down. There is a forth option, a fixed pane of glass that will not open but let’s in light. Fixed panes are often used as side lights either side of a door and they contain unbreakable glass.

When you are undertaking a project which includes home improvement, consideration must be given to both eye appeal and energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are the best insulators, hence they are the most energy efficient, and however, may people feel they do not match the exterior of their home. The alternative is wood. Wood windows have both the casement and frame made from either hard or soft wood that will either be painted or stained.

Aluminum replacement windows are available but they are very poor insulators and are rarely used any more. A new possibility is fiberglass, it is a good insulator and will literally last a lifetime.


Home improvement in Rochester NY often includes replacement windows and doors. JJ Construction provides windows and doors from the industries best manufacturers and precision fit them for years of trouble free service.

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