There are a number of reasons why you may want to replace your windows. Besides wear and tear, you might just want to install new windows if the old ones no longer appeal to you. However, replacing windows on your premises is an intricate job that must be done by someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Nonetheless, the following tips provide great insights into a professional installation of replacement windows.
1. Choose Low-Maintenance Windows
When choosing a replacement window, select a type that is easy to maintain. Vinyl replacement windows, for instance, require low maintenance besides the fact that they contain energy-efficient features that keep them in tip-top shape for many years.
2. Choose Window Replacement Type
There are two types of replacement windows. These are full-frame and insert windows. Full-frame replacement windows are ideal when replacing an entire existing window together with its frame. Insert or pocket replacement windows are inserted into the existing frames, which must be in good condition. The windows have to be cut to the same size dimensions as the ones being replaced, otherwise, they won’t go in.
3. Carefully Remove the Old Window
If you are doing this yourself, which is not recommended unless you are an expert, carefully remove the old window. Depending on how your window was installed, you can either remove the sashes from the inside or from the outside. When removing the window, first establish when they were installed to establish whether you should do it or get a professional to do it. For instance, if your windows were installed pre-1978, they may contain lead paint. Leave the task to the professionals if this is the case.
4. Have the Necessary Tools Ready
Before embarking on the task of replacing your windows, make sure you have the following tools: pry bar, caulk gun, tape measure, level, utility knife, hammer, hearing protection, safety glasses, and a cordless drill. The last thing you want is to remove your window only to realize you don’t have the right tools to replace it.
5. Have the Right Materials Ready
To avoid last-minute mad dashes to the store, gather together all the materials you will need to have the windows properly fixed. These should include acrylic caulk, shims, foam backer rod, and insulations.
6. Window Replacement Process
Once you have all the materials and tools ready, it is important that you follow the right steps in replacing your windows. You should begin by removing and saving the inside stop since you will need to use it later in the same space. The next step is to remove the sash on the old lower window. The parting stop should go next. Don’t worry if it breaks since you won’t be reusing it. After this, go for the old top sash and pull it out by either removing the springs and the sash liners or by opening the sash pockets before pulling out the weights. Next, remove the sash cord pulleys and stuff fibreglass insulation into the weight pockets before inserting the new unit by placing it against the outside stop and driving in the side screws. You should then caulk the outside before installing the trim pieces. Inspect everything to see if all is in order before reinstalling the old inside stop.
7. Hire an Expert
In spite of the above expert tips that should guide a DIY fan when installing a replacement window, in most cases, it is advisable and wise to allow the experts to install your windows themselves. This is especially ideal since they can work faster than you, besides the fact that they know exactly what they are doing.
Whether you decide to go the DIY way or get an expert to install your replacement windows, the process is not complicated if you follow the above guidelines.