Window Sash Replacement Kits
(HIT) - Maintaining the charm and original look of older homes usually means dealing with the problem of old windows. Often older double hung windows don't operate smoothly, won't shut tightly or sometimes won't open at all. Worst of all, they're drafty and inefficient, a problem that's hard to ignore as fall and winter set in.
Fortunately, there's an economical and practical way to replace inefficient double hungs
with new, energy efficient window sash replacement kits, such as the Tilt Pac® window sash replacement kit from Marvin Windows & Doors.
Marvin's Tilt Pac Window Sash Replacement Kit
Marvin builds Tilt Pac window sash replacement kits to order, standard or custom, to fit the existing window frames of a home perfectly. As an added bonusonce installedthe Tilt Pac sash tilts in for easy cleaning.
Older homes typically have wood windows and sashes, and wood is the material of choice when replacing worn-out windows or window sashes, according to Marvin. Because it's an excellent insulator, wood provides maximum energy efficiency. Wood replacement sashes also maintain the look of the original windows, on both the interior and exterior.
Ideal for units where the window frame is intact and in good condition, the Tilt Pac window sash replacement kit includes new sash and jamb liners, so the homeowner isn't paying for an entire new window. Sash replacements run about 20 - 30 percent less than the cost of an entire new window.
The real savings, however, comes with the cost of labor. To install an entire new window is significantly more expensive than completing a sash replacement. Depending on whether the homeowners do the work themselves, or hire a contractor, the money spent on labor is either eliminated altogether or significantly reduced.
Because they don't involve rebuilding or replacing the window frame and trim, sash replacements can be do-it-yourself projects. Marvin's Tilt Pac window sash replacement kit can be installed in less than an hour, so all the windows in a home can be replaced in a day or weekend. No plaster, siding, or outside trim is removed, eliminating any "fixing up" that's inevitable when replacing entire windows.
Marvin's Tilt Pac window sash replacement kit is made to order to homeowner specifications so it matches the existing window exactly, from size to the most detailed options. Because different style options, such as divided lites, special hardware and exterior colors, are available on Tilt Pac kits, the homeowner doesn't have to change the original look of the home. It also makes it possible to replace only a few units, if some are still operating properly, so that the new windows blend perfectly with the existing windows.
Exterior finishes are another improvement over windows of the past. Marvin offers replacement sashes clad in sturdy extruded aluminum, or with a tough, factory-baked finish, for an extremely durable exterior that resists fading and weathering and requires little upkeep. The exterior can be ordered to match the existing window frames and keep the home's exterior look harmonious.
Window Sash Replacements Look Like The Original But Perform Like A Modern Window
Though Marvin's sash replacements may look like the original windows, they incorporate modern features like double pane glass with Low E and Argon for greater insulating value. Marvin's Tilt Pac window sash replacement kit also features the Warm Edge spacer, which helps to reduce condensation.
Older homes reap a variety of rewards with the Tilt Pac sash replacement, with improved comfort and energy efficiency at the top of the list. Expect to recoup up to 100 percent of the window replacement investment, Marvin says, especially when upgrading with wood, which offers maximum energy savings.
For more information on Marvin's window sash replacement kits, visit the company's website at www.Marvin.com.
Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center