Jan 25, 2015

5 Tips for Installing and Replacing Windows

Whether you're currently building a new house or you're remodeling the one that you have, there's a pretty good chance that you'll be looking to either install or replace your windows. If you're wondering which kind are best, make sure that they are double (or triple) pane and that they also come with the Energy Star label on them. That way, you can be sure that they are energy efficient.

Although you could hire a professional to install your windows for you, the good news is that you can also put them in yourself. If you'd like to know how, here are some tips that can make the window installation process easier for you:

Measure the window. It would be a shame to find the perfect window for one of the rooms in your house, only for it not to fit properly. So, before doing anything else, make sure to measure your windows. You can do this by first figuring out the width. This requires measuring the inside jamb of each window from one side of the window to the other. Make sure to measure the bottom, middle, and also the top of each window. Then use the narrowest width for your replacement window. In order to figure out the height, measure the top of the windowsill along with the bottom of the window's head jamb. Measure the left, middle and right of the window. Then use the shortest measurement for your replacement window.

Remove the stop side pieces and the sashes. Once your window is properly measured and purchased, you're then ready to remove your old window. First, remove the side stop pieces for your window. Make sure to not discard them because you will use them again. Then remove the inside sash of the window. If it's an old window, cut the cords or chains attached to it. The next step is to slide the outside sash to the bottom of the window. It's important to discard the parting beads and then remove the outside sash as you would the inside sash. Just make sure to not remove the exterior stop from the window jambs. You will need it for the exterior window. Then clean the window jambs and sills.

Do some marking and caulking. Now you're ready to put in the new window. For starters, put down a bead of caulking on the inside part of the outside portion of the jambs. Then mark the sill for the sill angle. Next, caulk and install the sill angle.

Install the window. The next step is to center the sashes vertically into the window frame, making sure that the mounting holes in the side jambs are visible. After that, place the expander on top of the window, making sure to caulk its top. Place the window in the opening and make sure that it's even. Be careful not to install the screws too tightly. If you do, it could ultimately damage the side jambs. Finally, slide the header up so that there are no gaps between the window and the actual frame.

Seal and caulk the window. Whether you consult with someone who works for a window and door company like Lyndhurst Lumber or you read an article on a website like DIY Network, something else that you're going to be instructed to do is to seal and caulk your window. That is what will help to stabilize your window. So, after sliding your sashes up and down to make sure they are moving smoothly, caulk the inside of the window. Then, reinstall your inside stops and you're done. To see a video of how to install a window, go to YouTube and put "install a window" into the search field.

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