Browse these projects, tips and ideas for all the windows in your home for ways to make them energy efficient, buying advice, installation and repairs.
FAQs About Buying New Windows
How do you decide whether to repair or replace your old windows? Learn your options, relative cost and effectiveness of repairs, and how to judge whether a window should be saved or thrown away.
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Prevent Window Leaks with Proper Window Installation
New or replacement windows can be made completely watertight with just a little extra effort by properly installing the sill pan, house wrap and flashing tape.
How to Repair Jalousie Windows
Jalousie window and operator replacement is easy. Special order the glass and buy replacement hardware online or at hardware stores.
How to Wash Windows
Wash your windows the fastest way with crystal clear, streak-free results. Try washing windows with a squeegee and I bet you'll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. In this article, we'll show you the equipment you need and simple steps to follow for fast, clear results.
How to Avoid and Remove Window Condensation
We'll show you how to deal with the familiar problem of condensation on windows in the winter. The article explains common sources of condensation and how you can diagnose the problem in your own house. All you need is an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor your indoor humidity.
Stop Window Drafts and Door Drafts to Save Energy
Stop that cold draft coming in around windows and doors by removing the trim and sealing the airflow permanently. It takes a little work, but you'll save energy and money all year long.
How to Repair Old Windows
Learn how to fix common casement window problems. Free up a sticking window, replace a broken crank operator or sagging hinge, even replace an entire sash. Repairs are simple, and a lot cheaper than replacing the whole window.
How to Replace a Casement Window Crank Operator
Don't replace your casement window if it won't open or shut completely. You can usually replace a bad crank in an hour, and have it working smoothly again. We show you how.
How to Install a Bow Window
We'll walk through the steps needed to install a bow window, which will give your room a lot of natural light and a spacious feel. The new window will also update the look of your house. Framing and installing the new window may seem like a daunting task, but if you're an ambitious do-it-yourselfer, you can handle the job successfully by following our detailed instructions and how-to photos.