Written by John Rocco


Let's say you're tired of those old wood windows, and you decide it's time to upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. You get 2 or 3 contractors to come out and give you an estimate. After they leave, you can't believe windows can cost so much. I mean, having to get financing to replace your windows just doesn't seem right. Let me explain to you whyrepparttar windows are so expensive. You have to payrepparttar 100108 salary ofrepparttar 100109 salesman who comes over to give you your "free" estimate. Then, you have to payrepparttar 100110 salary ofrepparttar 100111 installers. Finally, you have to payrepparttar 100112 owner ofrepparttar 100113 company. In some cases there is a broker who acts as a middleman, and he or she gets a cut too. No wonder you need financing! Now, imagine if you already knew how to shop for windows, how to measure for new windows, how to removerepparttar 100114 old windows, and how to installrepparttar 100115 new windows. You just eliminated everybody exceptrepparttar 100116 owner. All of a sudden you can afford to replace your windows without taking out a loan! The next few articles are going to cover this process. This article is going to discussrepparttar 100117 proper way to measure for your double hung replacement windows.

It's important to properly measure for your windows. If you order them too small, you're going to end up having to improvise in order to get them to work. Even if you do get them to work, you're probably going to have problems. And if you order them too big, you're really in trouble. Chances are you will be ordering more windows. So, measuring is very important. Fortunately, it's also very simple. We are dealing with old double hung wood windows here, so if that doesn't apply to you, don't worry. Future articles will discuss other types of windows. Inrepparttar 100118 case ofrepparttar 100119 wood sash windows, you want to measurerepparttar 100120 width first, and height second. When you go shopping for windows, always giverepparttar 100121 dimensions as WIDTH X HEIGHT. To measure your width, you want to pull a tape measure fromrepparttar 100122 top right corner torepparttar 100123 top left corner. Measure in that 1 1/2" pocket thatrepparttar 100124 window frame slides in. Measure torepparttar 100125 sixteenth of an inch. Dorepparttar 100126 same thing at aboutrepparttar 100127 midway point,right above whererepparttar 100128 window locks. Then, raiserepparttar 100129 bottom sash and takerepparttar 100130 same measurement atrepparttar 100131 bottom. If you can't raiserepparttar 100132 window for whatever reason, go outside and measure from there. You will have to removerepparttar 100133 screen though.

The majority ofrepparttar 100134 time all three of those measurements will berepparttar 100135 same. If they're notrepparttar 100136 same, userepparttar 100137 SMALLEST measurement. Now subtract 1/4" from that measurement. This is your width forrepparttar 100138 new window. The height is a bit tricky. If your window sill outside slopes downward for water drainage, you have to make sure that you measure fromrepparttar 100139 HIGHEST Point ofrepparttar 100140 sill. You want to measure fromrepparttar 100141 top right corner torepparttar 100142 bottom right corner. Put your tape atrepparttar 100143 top whererepparttar 100144 upper sash closes. Ifrepparttar 100145 bottom has a 5/8" high inside wood sill piece to prevent water from coming inside, you need to raiserepparttar 100146 bottom sash and runrepparttar 100147 tape pastrepparttar 100148 5/8" sill and down torepparttar 100149 high point ofrepparttar 100150 sloped sill. Do this inrepparttar 100151 middle and onrepparttar 100152 left. Once again, takerepparttar 100153 smallest measurement, but this time deduct 3/16". This is your height. If you order your windows using these dimensions,they will fit right in, and leave just enough room to adjust if needed. The final step is to measurerepparttar 100154 depth ofrepparttar 100155 pocket where both sashes slide. By depth, i mean fromrepparttar 100156 point outside whererepparttar 100157 top sash rests againstrepparttar 100158 outside wood stop torepparttar 100159 point inside whererepparttar 100160 inside sash rests againstrepparttar 100161 inside stop. This measurement should be between 3 1/4"- 3 1/2". The reason you need to know this dimension is because not all replacement windows have a 3 1/4" depth frame. You want a replacement window that's going to fit right intorepparttar 100162 existing pocket ofrepparttar 100163 wood frame. If you purchase a window with a 2 5/8" frame depth, you're going to have approximately 3/4" to fill. That means buying new wood stops forrepparttar 100164 inside ofrepparttar 100165 house that are 3/4" wider thanrepparttar 100166 existing stops. Getrepparttar 100167 3 1/4" frames and save yourself a lot of extra work. Now, if you're on a really tight budget,repparttar 100168 lower grade windows will berepparttar 100169 2 5/8" frame, and you will have to getrepparttar 100170 wider trim. But that's something you should weigh in your mind, whetherrepparttar 100171 money saved onrepparttar 100172 lesser grade window is worthrepparttar 100173 extra expense and time of installing new stops aroundrepparttar 100174 inside of all your windows.

What to Know Before Signing a Home Improvement Contract

Written by Susan Chana Lask, Esq.

It is important to be a very careful consumer when it comes to home improvement contractors. For instance, I had a case where my client, an elderly and blind woman, signed a contract and paid $30,000.00 to a home improvement company that disappeared with all of her money! Unfortunately,repparttar company was a scam operation, my client lost her life's savings and it will take some time in court before my client may ever see her money again however, her mistake will be a lesson to all of you because this article explains how to protect yourself from home improvement fraud.

Before signing any contract with a home improvement company, first ask that company for its license number and check it out with your State or County Consumer Affairs' Business License Division. Findrepparttar 100107 License Division onrepparttar 100108 web or call information and get their number. You want to find out (1)repparttar 100109 name and address ofrepparttar 100110 company associated withrepparttar 100111 license number given to you, (2) ifrepparttar 100112 company is currently licensed andrepparttar 100113 license expiration date and (3) whether any complaints have been made against that company. The answers to those questions will help you determine if you want to proceed with signing a contract. Make sure bothrepparttar 100114 contractor andrepparttar 100115 company he works for are licensed to work in your State.

If your going to signrepparttar 100116 contract then make sure certain things are included pursuant to your understanding and as required by your State’s Home Improvement Business Law. The contracting company's name, address and phone number should be printed onrepparttar 100117 contract. Also, it is important thatrepparttar 100118 contracting company's home improvement license number is printed onrepparttar 100119 contract and that it is not different fromrepparttar 100120 number you called and inquired about with Consumer Affairs. Lastly, make sure that all ofrepparttar 100121 work to be performed is listed inrepparttar 100122 contract and thatrepparttar 100123 approximate start and end dates of work are included. You should put a penalty clause inrepparttar 100124 contract regardingrepparttar 100125 contractor’s failure to timely completerepparttar 100126 work because contractors are notorious for starting jobs and then leaving for a few days or weeks to do other jobs while you sit and wait in your dismantled kitchen for him to return. Oncerepparttar 100127 contract terms are satisfactory thenrepparttar 100128 contract should be signed by both you andrepparttar 100129 company's representative.

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