Buying new windows for your home in Elko may not seem like a top priority addition when it comes to cleaning up and fixing your home, but this article will explain why replacing old windows in any home can greatly improve the livability and resell value of a property. Vinyl windows in particular can improve the energy efficiency of your house, improve the security of your house, reduce noise pollution, and even improve the aesthetic beauty of the exterior portion of your home as well. There are many other benefits of choosing vinyl windows that you should know about as well.
First off, if you are considering the costs of your new windows for your older home here in Elko , you should keep in mind that this type of addition may end up saving you money. If you live in a cold part of the world, it is likely that a great deal of energy is wasted every time winter rolls around. If heat is seeping out of windows all winter long, your heater must replace the air with newly heated air. Also, the cold air that can seep through old windows can easily cool down a space, which means your heater must work harder and for longer periods of time in order to achieve results.
Do You Need Vinyl Window Replacement For Your Elko Home?
The double hung and the single hung window are similar in many ways; however, they each have distinct advantages and limitations. For this reason when deciding to buy a double hung or single hung it is very important to know the differences between the two. Before deciding between the double hung or single hung you should first determine whether you need a new construction window or a replacement window. A replacement window is designed to fit easily and be secured in the opening that is left after removing an old window from a building while a new construction window must be installed before finishing the exterior of the building. Once either replacement or new construction windows have been decided upon it is time to decide between double or single hung windows.
A double hung window consists of two separate sashes, a top sash and a bottom sash, which slide vertically in separate tracks to allow both sashes to be operated at the same time. The top sash can be opened fully while the bottom sash is closed fully, the bottom sash can be opened fully while the top sash is closed fully or both sashes can be opened half way at the same time. In any of these configurations the double hung window will provide a maximum opening of half the total window area. The advantage of a double hung window is its ventilation flexibility. The option to open just the top sash can be handy just to allow breezes to enter the room higher up or to protect decorative items that can be blown or knocked off of an inside lower sill or shelf. The operating upper sash can also be useful when it is raining if there is a sill or other object outside the window that rain bounces off of into the house through an open lower sash. An operating upper sash can be opened slightly while closing the lower sash to get ventilation without the drops of water bouncing into the house through an open lower sash. Of course, if it is a driving rain that is beating against the window then having either sash open will still allow rain to enter the room.
Both the single and double hung window are equipped with either balances or springs which act as a counter balance to allow the operating sashes to remain stationary in any position that they are opened to. Depending on the manufacturer, both double hung or single hung windows are available with many of the same options but more notably in most cases both the double and single hung window will operate in such a way as to permit the operating sashes to tilt inward to allow for cleaning both the inside and outside of the glass from the inside of the building. This can be especially handy if the window is not easily accessible from the outside.
Deciding Between Double Hung Or Single Hung Windows
Window pinning can be an effective way of securing double-hung windows (and some sliding windows). I run into a lot of double-hung windows, usually in older homes, that could use this type of protection. Many have locks/latches that are broken or the two window sections don't line up preventing the window from being secured.
Best Application: On older double-hung windows that have wooden frames and require extra protection. It is not recommended for use on the newer vinyl windows - it may even void their warranty.
NOTE: using this window pinning procedure still allows someone in the home to escape through the window should that become necessary. Never use any method of securing windows that would violate any codes or prevent someone from escaping in an emergency situation.
If you want the option of leaving one or more windows open (4" to 6") and still remain secure, you may drill two additional holes as follows: Open the window the desired height (but no more than 6"); Using the original holes on the inside sash, drill a second set of holes three-quarters of the way through the outside sash; Insert nails through the inner sash and into these "ventilation" holes and test by trying to open the window wider.
DISCLAIMER: If you do not understand this Pinning Window procedure or its suitability for your specific situation or purpose do not attempt to perform it. I will not be held responsible for any accidents or damage resulting from your use of this procedure.