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Window Sash Replacement

Whenever your window stops opening or closing correctly, you might think that you’ll need to pay a lot of money to have it fixed. However, you don’t always have to replace the window. You might be able to opt for a different solution called window sash replacement. 

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about window sash replacement. Then you’ll know whether or not this type of replacement is the right choice for you.

What is a Window Sash and Why is it Important?

The sash is the part of the window that holds the glass and framework around it in place. Most modern windows have sashes, whether they are single or double-hung. Essentially, the sash of a window is all the components that surround the window pane. They can be either operable or fixed. In single-hung windows, there is only the lower sash, and in double-hung, the sash exists both on the upper and the lower side.

The sash of a window is essential for the whole construction as it ensures the durability of the window. The sash must be multi-chambered, reinforced, and fusion-welded to be able to support the window for as long as possible.

Whenever a window stops closing properly, it’s important to check if the problem lies in the sash. That’s because when the window gets stuck or won’t open or close properly, it’s usually because the sash is no longer aligned properly. With a few minor adjustments, it should start working again. If not, then you will need to replace it by hiring the proper professional service or by using a sash replacement kit.  

How to Measure for a Window Sash Replacement Kit

If you want to change the sash on your window, you’ll need to get a sash replacement kit. It includes replacement parts for the framework around the window. You can get aluminum, vinyl, or wood sashes. We advise you to get wooden ones, but bear in mind that the other two are used on most newer buildings.

However, before you get them, you need to measure your window:

  • The width of the window – you need to make sure that the top, middle, and bottom are the same width, so you’ll have to measure all of them.
  • The height of the window – you need to measure the left, middle, and right sides of the entire window.
  • The angles of the window – you need to make sure that the window is square, and you can do that by measuring both diagonals. 

How Do You Install a Sash Lift on a Window?

Once you get the right sash replacement kit, you only need to install it. You will have to follow the instructions that come with the kit. But keep in mind that it’s not an easy job to do, and it requires a significant amount of skill.

If you think you can’t do it on your own, feel free to contact 1-800-HANSONS. We specialize in this type of work, and we can make sure your windows are properly installed.

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