Windows

Installing Window Drip Caps

Window DripsWhen replacing or adding new windows to your home, installing window drip caps is a simple thing you can do to maintain the value of your home and protect it from damage to your windows and walls.

Without the use of drip caps, when it rains water can run down in between the window sills and ledges and the walls of your home. This can lead to mold, rotting, staining and other damages. This damage can be easily prevented by the addition of window drip caps. They are very inexpensive and easy to install.

Choosing Window Replacements

When choosing window replacements, there are a wide range of glass options, styles and materials to consider. Consider your replacement carefully. It is a long term investment in your home. There are many combinations of window options. You must evaluate your needs, your desire for appearance and your budget.

Glass Options

Framing Double Windows

Framing double windows on your home will both help to keep it warm in the winter yet cool in the summer, whilst also greatly reducing your fuel bills. The simple fact of the matter is that glass is an excellent conductor of heat, allowing the heat in warm air to pass through it.

You can prevent that heat loss by adding a second, inner, pane of glass, creating an air space between the two sheets of glass. This layer of air prevents the heat from being transferred to the outer pane of glass, helping to keep your property warm. Using wood, framing double windows is no different to framing a regular single pane of glass window. However, fitting the glass into the double frame is different.

Window Details

Healthy House Windows

Window in a staircase of the Zinna monastery near Jüterbog south of the german capitale Berlin. Windows bring sunshine and fresh air into your home, but if you have any chemical sensitivities, you should be careful when putting in new windows or replacing old ones.

For example, wood frame windows can be made with chemically treated wood, plastic frame windows can outgas volatile odors, and rubber seals and some types of caulking can also outgas.

Glass Block Windows

Glass Block Window Wall and Door SurroundModern glass blocks, also known as glass brick, are manufactured by bonding together two molded pieces of glass under high temperatures (around 800 degrees Celsius), leaving an insulating air cavity of partial vacuum in the middle. After being fused, the blocks are annealed in a cooling oven for strength.

This type of glass block dates back to the 1930’s, when Pilkington Brothers Ltd. patented a technique for mass-producing these. Various forms of prismatic glass had been in use long before this. They were used in shipbuilding and cellars as far back as the early 1800’s.