What is a Window Sash Replacement?
By opening our living spaces to natural light, ventilation, and views of outdoor scenery, windows contribute significantly to how much we enjoy our homes. Many homeowners, however, may not realize just how much, until a window pane breaks and leaves their home exposed to the elements. To avoid the costs of a full window replacement, some homeowners may replace only the sash, which is the part of the window that holds the glass in place with the framework around it. The question is, when this happens, is it better to just replace the entire window?
Is Sash Replacement Optimal?
If your window frame is rotted out or otherwise compromised, you will likely have to invest in a full replacement. On the other hand, if your window’s components are in fairly good condition, a simple window sash replacement may be right for you. It involves replacing only the top or bottom sash. Some homeowners may want to opt for this approach in an effort to save a few bucks – but in many situations, this can lead to a costlier project in the long run.
There are a number of sash-replacement kits available, but keep in mind that they must be specific to window brands. Sash replacements are also typically not found in home improvement stores and must be ordered from the window manufacturer, which can make it challenging to find the right kit. If a major window company has a sash replacement program, they should be able to offer you advice if you want to undertake a sash replacement project – but the team at Alure is also available to come out to your house and recommend your best approach to make your windows like new again.
Window Sash Kits and Methods for Installation
Replacement kits usually include a top or bottom sash, or both, compression jamb liners for both sides of the window, a sill dam, and a head parting stop.
There are two main sash-removal methods, depending on whether you have an older or a newer window. For older wood windows, sash removal can be very challenging since you will need to deal with a mechanism called a balancing weight. For this reason, it’s usually recommended that you enlist the help of an expert window installer, like one of our certified team members. For newer vinyl or fiberglass windows, sash removal is easier since less disassembly is required and there will be a spring balance, not a weighted balance.
Window Experts at Your Service
If sash replacement is not an option and you must replace your window, you should hire a company with years of industry experience and a reputation for offering exceptional products and services. For many homeowners in Long Island, that company is Alure Home Improvements. For more than 70 years, we have helped our customers achieve their home remodeling dreams, and our window experts are among the most skilled and knowledgeable in the business. Their comprehensive understanding of window technology will help you select a stylish replacement window that maximizes energy efficiency and delivers years of dependable performance. As for the window installation, our established process will ensure that your replacement project is a smooth experience from start to finish. To learn more about how our window replacement service can you give you peace of mind that your home is adequately protected, contact Alure Home Improvements today.