Fortunately, when we purchased our home many of the windows had already been replaced. All except for the sun room, which we replaced last year, and of course the basement.
Reasons to consider replacing your windows:
- Save money by lowering your heating & cooling cost
- Feel good knowing you're being more "green"
- Make your living environment more comfortable
- Reduce the amount of maintenance your homes requires
- Increase your homes resale value
- Add beauty to the interior & exterior of your home
- For 2009 & 2010 get 30% of the cost back in the form of a tax credit for up to $1,500!
The original, single pane, inefficient window:
As you can see, it was very old, dingy and rusty!
- When ordering your new window, consider the width of your new frame, add 1/4'' for each side and use that as your window measurement. Also decide if you want the window to have grids. I personally think they add quaintness to the window.
- Remove window by simply lifting it out of the slots
- Remove metal frame by using a crowbar to pry it at center of the top and bottom
- Chisel any excess concrete
- Frame around opening using pressure treated wood, a hammer drill and concrete screws
- Screw window into frame
Old window frame:
Ready to frame and put in new window!
After framing and mounting the window, use caulk and spray foam to seal any cracks.
Our new, double pane, Low-E & argon window:
Once the window was complete we finished framing the wall around the window, which makes us officially done with the framing on the exterior walls!
As you can see, this window is much more bright, quaint and efficient!
Now for a recap on our basement window replacement...
What have you done or would you like to do to make your home more energy efficient?
Have you or do you plan on replacing any windows in your home?