Aside from saving you a lot of money in energy bills, providing your home with better insulation and airflow and adding up to the overall design of your home, a new window can be installed even without a cost for hiring a professional installer. If you are insecure about your skills and knowledge, perhaps it is better to handle the task to the professionals, but if you possess the adequate equipment and some clue about housework, follow this guide and complete the task successfully.
Prepare the field of work and gather the required data
First, get highly familiar with the terrain. Do all the measurements of height, width, and squareness of the existing window and make sure the new model fits. Decide if you are going to keep the frame of the old window and replace just a glass or to conduct full-frame replacement.
Small adjustments in distances can be compensated with shims, but larger differences require full-frame replacement. For highly precise measuring, measure each dimension at three different places using a measuring tape. It is recommended to do the measuring before you go purchasing a new window model.
Extract and remove the old window
To avoid buying a new set of stop pieces for a new window, you may re-use the existing ones. Use a utility knife and various adequate tools to remove them without damaging them or apply wood filler to fix pieces if the damage occurs nevertheless. Before reattaching them to the new frame, use the paint to cover cracks.
You may repaint the frame as well, especially if you decide to keep the old frame. In the next phase, you should take out the inside sash and remove the outside sash in the same manner. If there are any additional chains or chords, use pliers to de-attach them. If you decide to keep the old frame, make sure to clean it up thoroughly before placing the new window glass. It particularly refers to removing cracked wood, fixing smaller damages and removing remained screws or nails.
Installation of the new window model
You should keep the set of outside stop pieces when removing the old window. Now you can use them to navigate the new window, just apply caulk along them before that. Center sashes in the frame and slides them slowly leaning on the bumper stops. Place the new window and use mounting screws to adjust it properly.
Once the procedure is completed, the window should function smoothly without any gaps.
Having high-quality windows properly installed at your house is essential for the cost-efficient functionality of your home. Steady quality windows directly regulate your energy needs and bills. Windows regulate the levels of insulation in all premises, provide an adequate airflow. Protect your property and finally add up to the overall design of your home.
When replacing the old windows, damaged, worn out or malfunctioning and planning to install the brand-new ones. The best is always to hire professional installer and window replacement experts. In the case you decide to replace windows on your own, using personal skills and some available equipment. Here’s a list of the best tools to use.
Measuring tools for job precision
Before replacing the existing windows with new models, make sure you know the numbers precisely. You’ll have to be sure about height, width and squareness of each surface to avoid loose glass and air leaking at the edges. Use the most precise measuring tools you have and avoid approximation of the numbers.
Hammer, knife and flat bar
These tool pieces kind of go without saying. The delicate procedure it is, you won’t be able to replace the old windows without a phase of rough action. The inside and outside sash and all the stop pieces have to be removed. So prepare a steady hammer, sharp utility knife, screwdriver and a flat bar for balance.
There are phases during this procedure that can be slightly risky. Removing of the glass surface, cleaning of the old frame or removing the whole frame and some other aspect might require mask, gloves. And glasses to prevent you from harming yourself. Don’t rush and overestimate your skills.
Tools for installing a new window
Assuming that you have chosen the adequate new window model and that you have removed the previous one completely and properly, you will need a powerful drill, silicone gun, screws, and screwdriver to place the new window in its place. If required, you should have to expand foam somewhere near, wooden shims and possibly a helping hand next to you.
Whether you simply want to refresh your property by investing in new windows or to replacing the old ones or you have an emergency problem caused by sudden window damage, choosing the new ones should be done carefully. The worst thing you can do is just walk down the store and pick the model you like. Matching window’s design with the overall home’s design is important. However, considering technical aspects and features of the window are more important.
Here are some aspects you should analyze carefully before making a decision, to invest your money into window models that will surely pay off in the long run.
The price is not a guarantee
Homeowners are often ready to invest huge money into expensive window models believing that better thermoregulation will result in decreased energy bills and pay off eventually. It is probably true, but sometimes the high cost of some window models exceeds by far these bill savings. Thus, try to balance your current energy loses window features and the actual needs of your house and match it with some economical solution.
Type of window that fits your needs
There are many aspects of your house, as well as your everyday lifestyle; you should consider when choosing the optimal window model. The market offers a wide range of different types and styles. If you live in the area with extreme weather conditions, triple-pane windows are probably the best option for your home. Single and double-hung windows are a great choice for spacious family homes. Sliding panels provide great airflow and protection mechanisms if children are around. Casement windows fit into the classic home design but require enough space for swinging out. If you are short with the room, choose slider windows.
Match the function and the form of the window
There are some features each window provides depending on the material it’s made of that you should consider before purchasing. Pay attention to U-values (window’s capacity for heat control), the numbers indicating insulation provided by a given window model and some similar parameters.
Once you have chosen the right window model for your home, make sure to hire professional installer providing high-quality service. High-quality window model won’t worth if it’s improperly installed.