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CHOOSING A VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOW CONTRACTOR
CHOOSING A VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOW CONTRACTOR   by John Rocco Whenever i write an article, it's usually tailored to the do it yourself homeowner to help them save some money on the high cost of labor these days. This article is for the "not so handy" homeowner who wants to have new vinyl windows installed in their home. So, where do you begin? Well, the first step is to get estimates. You should always get 3 estimates. Keep in mind that the price you are quoted doesn't necessarily reflect...

VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOW TERMINOLOGY
VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOW TERMINOLOGY   by John Rocco With so many homeowners in the market for more energy efficient windows and doors for their home, i thought i would use this week's article to cover the more common terms used to describe a window's ability to insulate your home from the elements. There is an organization called The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Their purpose is to test each window manufacturer's product to independently verify the ratings for each test...

DUAL PANE WINDOW GLASS REPAIR
DUAL PANE WINDOW GLASS REPAIR   by John Rocco DUAL PANE WINDOW GLASS REPAIR For the past few weeks, I have been explaining how to repair a broken window pane in your home. But, what if you have dual pane windows? Is the process the same? Well, pretty much, except for a couple of variations. So, let's review the single pane repair process, and I will point out the differences regarding dual pane windows. When we start talking about dual pane windows, one of the first things that comes to mind...

Single hung aluminum window glass repair
Single hung aluminum window glass repair   by John Rocco Let's talk about repairing broken glass in an aluminum frame single hung window. If it's the lower sash pane that is broken, it must be removed from the inside. You are going to have one of three different mechanisms that hold the lower sash up when you slide it open. If you can't see any mechanisms on the sides, then you have a block and tackle system consisting of a string and spring assembly. Find the thin metal clips in the side...

Single pane glass repair in an aluminum frame,part 2
Single pane glass repair in an aluminum frame,part 2   by John Rocco This week we are going to continue our series on single pane window glass repair. Let's talk about broken glass in a fixed window, usually referred to as a picture window. The most common type will have metal stops on the outside, around all four edges of the window glass. Sometimes these stops will be held in place with screws, and other times there will be aluminum stops that snap in place. In some rare instances there...

Single pane Window glass repair in an aluminum frame
Single pane Window glass repair in an aluminum frame   by John Rocco Happy new year everybody. I hope this is the year that you all find whatever it is that you are seeking in life. I really enjoyed seeing my family this holiday season, but two weeks is about all i can handle. I'm definitely glad to be back here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.Let's suppose you still have those old aluminum single pane windows in your house,and one of the neighbor kids throws a ball through it. ( Your kid...

REPAIRING PUTTY WINDOW GLASS
REPAIRING PUTTY WINDOW GLASS   by John RoccoREPAIRING PUTTY WINDOW GLASSHave you ever thought about fixing a broken window in your house, but didn't think you could do it because nobody ever taught you how to cut glass? Well, you really don't have to know how to cut glass in order to repair your window. If you knew how to remove the frame, you could order a replacement piece of glass from your local glass shop already cut to the proper size. Then, it's just a matter of installing the new glass...

REPLACING YOUR SLIDING GLASS DOOR ROLLERS
REPLACING YOUR SLIDING GLASS DOOR ROLLERS   by John Rocco If the sliding glass doors in your home are more than 10 years old, you might notice that they are becoming harder to slide open. This problem is even more common on aluminum frame dual pane doors. The reason is because the doors are heavier due to the dual pane glass, but many of the aluminum units did not use stainless steel rollers. So, in many cases, the rollers get rusty from moisture and they start to bind.In order to replace the...

INSTALLING VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS ON THE SECOND FLOOR
INSTALLING VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS ON THE SECOND FLOOR   by John Rocco I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget how fortunate we all are to live in the greatest country on this earth. Those brave men and women in our armed forces make it possible, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.If you have a two story house, and you are going to replace the windows on both the first and second floor, there are little tricks that you...

REMOVING YOUR OLD SLIDING GLASS DOOR
REMOVING YOUR OLD SLIDING GLASS DOOR   by John Rocco Last week I explained how to measure your existing sliding glass door so you can order the vinyl replacement door. This week I am going to go over the steps required to remove the old sliding door before installing the new door.First, you have to remove the sliding panel and the stationary panel. The vast majority of doors out there have the sliding panel on the inside half of the track, and the stationary panel is on the outside. Whatever...

SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPLACEMENT
SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPLACEMENT    by John Rocco This article is going to be about replacing an old sliding glass door with a modern Vinyl frame sliding glass door. If you currently have french doors and you want to replace them with sliding doors, or vise versa, future articles will cover that topic.The first thing we have to do is measure for the replacement door. You want to measure across the bottom, center, and top of the existing door frame to find the narrowest dimension. Start outside...

INSTALLING RETROFIT & REPLACEMENT VINYL WINDOWS
INSTALLING RETROFIT & REPLACEMENT VINYL WINDOWS    by John RoccoIn previous articles i explained to you how to determine whether your windows are candidates for vinyl replacement style frames or retrofit style frames. This week i'm going to explain the installation techniques for both frame styles. Let's start with the retrofit frame.Retrofit window installation is really the easiest of all. The retrofit window already comes with an exterior trim attached. That's the flush fin that goes...

REMOVING OLD ALUMINUM WINDOWS
REMOVING OLD ALUMINUM WINDOWS    by John RoccoThis week we are going to talk about the process of actually removing your aluminum windows in preparation for installing vinyl replacement windows. Let's start with a horizontal sliding window, which is pretty common nationwide. There is going to be a sliding panel and a stationary panel. You want to remove the slider first. All you do is slide the panel open, grab the sides of the panel with your hands,lift up and swing out. Under ideal...

REPLACEMENT OR RETROFIT STYLE FRAME? WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
REPLACEMENT OR RETROFIT STYLE FRAME? WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?    by John Rocco Last week i told you how to measure for your vinyl replacement windows when replacing aluminum windows. Now that you're ready to order your new vinyl replacement windows, we need to talk about the different frame style options available. In most of the country your choices are limited to either new construction or replacement frames. New construction frames come with a nailing fin to attach the frame to the studs...

REPLACING ALUMINUM FRAME SINGLE PANE WINDOWS
REPLACING ALUMINUM FRAME SINGLE PANE WINDOWS    by John Rocco In our past articles i talked about all the steps required to properly replace your old wood sash windows with energy efficient vinyl windows. I told you how to measure for the new windows. Then we discussed the removal of the wood sashes and parting bead. Finally, i told you how to install, seal, and trim the vinyl replacement windows. But, what if those old windows in your home are made of aluminum instead of wood? Is the process...

INSTALLING VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS IN A WOOD FRAME OPENING.
INSTALLING VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS IN A WOOD FRAME OPENING.    by John Rocco When we left off last week, we had removed the old wood sash windows and prepared the opening for the vinyl replacement windows. Now it's time to install your new windows. You should have someone there to help you when doing the installation. First, Remove all shipping materials from the window. Now, if you are installing several different sizes, make sure you are putting the correct window in the correct opening....

Removing your old wood double hung windows
Removing your old wood double hung windows   by John Rocco Last week i told you how to measure your wood window openings to properly order your new vinyl replacementwindows. This week i'm going to explain how to remove your old windows. The vast majority of wood sash double hung windows inAmerica have the same specifications. Starting from inside the house and working out, you have a wood stop approximately 3/8" X 3/8".Then comes the lower sash(the sash is the piece of glass and surrounding...

REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS
REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS   by John Rocco REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS 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 why the windows are so expensive. Youhave to pay...

(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)
(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)   by John Rocco (New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?) Hello, my name is John Rocco.I grew up around the window and door business. My father owned a glass shopthat dealt in every aspect of residential and commercial glass.Naturally, when it came time to choose a profession, i wound up in thewindow and door business. I have been in the business for about 27 years, and i have been self...

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