Our project tools section can help you discover what you need to know in order to make your home window undertaking a success. It’s a grab bag of articles, tips, tutorials, worksheets, calculators, videos, photos and anything else that you will need to tackle this important home improvement undertaking. We are constantly adding new material, so check back often to discover everything we have to offer in our replacement window project tools.
Pre Project Tools
Window Replacement Cost Estimator – This is one of our free project tools that can help you get a rough estimate for your home windows. Simply fill in your specifics on our cost estimator and find your ballpark pricing.
Replacement Window Contractors – Finding quality contractors can be a frustrating process. Here is an 11 step guide to finding the best window contractor – from pre-screening over the phone to drawing up a contract that protects both parties.
10 Essential Interview Questions For Window Contractors – Here are 10 questions worth asking during your phone interviews with potential contractors so you can find the one that will provide just what you want in terms of ability, budget, schedule and their overall work style.
Checking Window Contractor References – Here are ten important questions to ask references about potential companies. You should also find out how many projects they have completed in the last year that are similar to yours and ask if you can see some of their finished jobs.
Negotiation Tactics – Use these 10 negotiation tactics to help you get the best prices on replacement windows. By the way, these 10 tips can help you save money and ease stress when you negotiate prices on anything you purchase or sell.
Replacement Window Contracts – Not all written contracts are alike, so in order to make sure that the contract you are receiving from any potential home improvement contractor contains the pertinent information you need, consider this list of what a contract should include.
Window Warranty – The simpler and more straightforward the replacement window warranty is, the better. Because warranties are only as reliable as the company that makes them, the most important step in finding a quality warranty is to find a trustworthy company.
Replacement Windows Installation – This page offers a list of questions for homeowners to ask potential window contractors to help better insure proper replacement window installation. Installing replacement windows precisely and professionally is one of the most important pieces to get right – just ask the countless homeowners who are stuck with drafty, leaking windows!
Installing Retrofit Windows – By installing these windows, you do not have the added hassle, or expense, of having to re-frame out the areas around the windows. This means this is a far simpler task than replacing your existing windows with completely new window construction.
Window Installation Cost – On average, window installation cost accounts for 25% – 35% of what replacement windows cost. There are three install types; replacement window installation (inserts), new construction and do-it-yourself window installation. Find prices for each…
Replacement Window Installation Instructions – Replacement window installation instructions are meant for homeowners who want to go through the planning, buying and installation of a DIY project. Before you decide whether tackling a project such as this is worth the money you can save over hiring a window contractor to handle the installation for you, read on to understand the full scope of what DIY window replacement entails.
Window Photos And Pictures – Check out our extensive collection of photos and pictures of many of the most popular window styles, types and materials. Each image includes a brief description of some aspect of the window in order to give you a better understanding of features etc.
Anatomy Of A Window – We have put together an illustration of double-hung windows along with the terms that describe the anatomy or parts for replacements or new construction windows.
Terms & Terminology
Window Terminology – Like a library that has books sorted by subject matter for easier reference, our window terminology library has the terms sorted by type and functionality to make it easier to reference and find what you’re looking for. Find out more about the window terms you are unfamiliar with.
Window Components Terminology – Find great terms in here on all of the different parts that go into making solid or ineffective windows.
Window Construction Terminology – Explore technical terms in this section, things like U-value and wind load.
Window Frame Terminology – Explore the many materials and frames available. In addition, find a brief explanation of all the types out there; double hung, casement, awning, gliding windows, etc.
Window Installation Terminology – Explore our replacement window library on installation and accessories. Find a whole host of glossary terms related to this important home improvement project.
Maintenance & How To
Window Maintenance – Learning how to maintain your home windows can save you a significant amount of time and money over the years. Use this replacement window project tools article and explore routine cleaning, maintenance and repair tips for your home windows.
How To Replace Window Glass – Curious about how to replace window glass yourself? While this project is not recommended for the average homeowner, for experienced DIYers, it can certainly save on window installation cost. Here’s a step-by-step process on how to replace window glass in your home.
Replacement Window Glass – While this may be a job best left to professional installers due to the intricate nature of the work and the potential hazards involved, here are some considerations about cost and what doing it yourself entails, so you can decide which option is best for you.