Winter and cold come upon us. It is time to think about isolating your windows or take the bull by the horns and change for good!

Keep them warm

If you do not have enough budget to invest in change of windows, you’ve probably thought about alternatives. I offer you three that will help you a little way to save on heating costs. First, if you want to know where between the cold, I recommend a small test easy to do. Just pass a lighted candle near your windows, your switches and your outlets. The flame that oscillates allow you to find where are the openings that let in the cold.

Removable Sealant

Place caulking (the most popular is the “Zip Seal’n Peel”) on all joints and cracks where your flame is agitated. You will cut and the main cold sources. For even greater insulation, apply in the contour of the window or inside.


Film weatherstripping

The film, which tends to the length of the window, is provided with a double-sided tape. To catch it, you should use a hairdryer to act like a saddling.

Weatherstripping for switches and sockets

These weatherstripping are specifically designed to cut air that enters through these openings. Simply remove the cover plate, place the weatherstripping and voila! If air enters through these gaps, it is a sign that your wall is poorly insulated. Besides changing the windows, it would one day want to consider changing your insulation. These are temporary solutions and three low-cost, for now, may do the trick. However, if you choose to replace your windows, here’s what to look for.

The various steps required to change your windows


Quick note before we begin. If you decide that you ask your windows by a handyman, you understand from the outset to assume that the measurement windows. Thus, it has taken the trouble and you need to recommend a window, it will be him who will bear the costs. First, you need to take measurements of your windows. I suggest you do the outside of your home. You must measure the thickness of the wall so that your provider can assess the blow required for your window (depth). To do this, measure from the exterior brick (or vinyl or aluminum) to the inside wall. When you proceed to order your window, you’ll have to mention the vendor how you made your measurements and what material is in fact your wall.

Choice of windows

Now, there are several types of windows: sliding, crank, guillotine, which open inward for easy washing, brief, you should choose depending on the style of your home, your budget, your needs and of course your tastes. we suggest you to make you a good idea to shop in three locations. You will have three price lists allowing you to take an informed decision. There are windows to the amounts of aluminum and vinyl. If before the aluminum windows were pledged better, we can see today, made some vinyl are very correct. Also if you compare the prices from one store to another, compare the course with vinyl vinyl and aluminum with aluminum. Feel free to ask questions of your supplier. It is good to watch for the following:

# Is the weatherstripping is replaceable (since it is advisable to do on occasion) and if so, is it’s easy to do?
# Ask the insulating factor of your window. It is measured in R. (R 3, R 4.5). The higher the number, the higher the insulation is good. For example, a wall should be well insulated to R 20.

Installation of windows

When you ask your windows, make sure to remove the full support of the window, all the way around. Sometimes people want to reduce the work, but if you want to achieve maximum insulation, change the entire window.

The insulation

Once the window is screwed, you are ready for insulation. Some people use rockwool, but this is not the choice that I would favor because people tend to over-compress it and when it happens, wool loses its insulating properties. we would rather urethane that sets in three stages. Urethane for doors and windows (which offers a minimum extension) can be installed anywhere and is resistant to water.

# Blow urethane outwardly from the contour of the window. Go slowly so as not to fill the window, which would have the effect of mortgaging the window.
# Wait two hours before the isolation of the center of the window. Wait again two hours before isolating the opposite side. Meanwhile, put the caulk on the outside of the house. If the urethane placed inside projects outwardly, cut it with a utility knife. Then proceed to the application of sealant.
# Finally, ask the third layer of urethane inside. When you cut the excess that has spilled outside, you’re ready to install the frame finish.

Installing the frame finish

# I suggest to do this, proceed with glue No More Nails. This will seal in your window. Then, with a framing nail your clouse air and finish nails.
# Finally, plug the holes with Polyfix
# Add a latex caulk that is smoother and allows the paint. So you can then refresh the frame.