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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Four Things You Will Want To Know When Choosing Replacement Windows For Your Home

by Mike Brewer

If you have an older home, it may be time to have the windows in your home replaced to improve energy performance. This can be confusing with all the choices you have when replacing windows. You may want to replace the entire window with new vinyl windows that require little maintenance, just replace the sashes, or use replacement inserts. You may also want to do things like add insulation and weatherproofing when you have windows installed. If you are replacing your windows, here are four things you may want to know:

1. Just Replacing The Window Sashes Of Your Windows

Sometimes you may not need to replace the entire window. If you have single pane windows with frames that are in good shape, you may just want to have the window sashes replaced with double pane glass. This will provide your home with more energy efficiency, and is more a lot more affordable than having all the windows removed and completely replaced.

2. Using Replacement Inserts For Your New Windows

It may not always be possible to replace just the sashes of your windows. You may need to have the entire window removed and replaced with a vinyl window replacement insert. This replacement insert fastens into the window casing to replace the older windows. This is a good option if you have old damaged wood windows that are outdated and need to be completely replaced for modern windows.

3. Insulating The Frame Around The Window

When replacing the windows, you may also want to add insulation to the window frame. The space between the window and the wood framing can be filled with batten insulation when the trim around the window is removed and a new window is installed. This can help reduce cold drafts in your home and air leaks that cause your home to be less energy efficient.

4. Adding Weatherproofing When Replacing Your Windows

When replacing the windows on your home, you can also install weatherproofing around the windows. This moisture barrier tape is meant to protect your home from the elements. If replacing an entire window, this tape can be installed around the wood framing. If you are just replacing a sash or using an insert, you can try to slide tape behind the window frame, or use felt paper if it is too difficult to get to. If you cannot do this, you may just want to re-caulk all the windows with a silicon caulking to make sure they are sealed from the outdoor elements.

These are some things that can help make the task of replacing windows in your home easier. If you need help making the right decision for your windows, contact a professional window replacement service like Beyers Window & Door Inc and ask them about some of the options that are available.

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