More and more people daily decide to go with a DIY project rather than call in the experts when things go wrong with their DIY replacements. When installing replacement windows, care and attention to detail are important, but comfort and ease of use are more important. This article will look at some issues you should bear in mind as you install these items yourself.
Installation of New Windows
Over time, many homeowners are coming to the conclusion that they can install new window replacements themselves and save a bundle of money. In truth, the vast majority of these types of projects can be completed by those who know what they’re doing. If you have any doubts about your abilities, calling in a professional installer usually times ensures a job well done. Don’t have any doubts, just call in an expert!
Be Careful: Certain types of work require a permit, others require notification of a city or county inspector. Review local required permits before beginning a home improvement project to minimize the wait time and subsequent headache of obtaining the necessary paperwork.
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The Right Tools
When installing new windows, several tools are necessary to make the job work effectively. In completing this project, some tools that are commonly available and versatile include:
- Pry Baro Utility Knife
- Cordless Drill/Driver
- Putty Knife
- Wood Chisel
- Level (optional. For plaster window replacement only, make sure the surfaces are level before beginning.)
- Painter’s Straight- reinforce
- Faul-Gradingo microphone and hammer hard, brush, filled with sandpaper, for the tiniest cracks, etc.)
- Distributing agent ( Strohes or liquid material, but NOT liquid adhesive)o Lubricant (Lubricate with water and wipe off dry)
- Paint (for scratch-resistant paint only)
- High-quality caulking material – for caulking around window trim, sills, corners, etc.)
- Window film (for trim, casing, framing, windows, etc.)
- New window’s caulking, if needed
- New window’s wood caulk, if needed
Avoid Ventilation during Installation
Ventilation of the work area is highly recommended. Ventilation can significantly improve the work’s durability by reducing the moisture content in the workpiece and thus reducing the chances of the material warping or rotting. For example, wood window replacements tend to stretch and shrink due to affected moisture content.
Any excess moisture required for expansion and/or contraction of the material should be vented out of the worksite before the installation of window replacements. This is common with sheet metal and aluminum window windows.
Simple Tips for Installation
After measuring the area properly, the preparation for the window replacement should be considered and executed. The prep work includes trimming off the window’s exposed interior trim, applying flashing to the exterior if needed, removing the old window, and securing the replacement in the opening. Also, if there is vinyl siding on the house, be sure to remove it as well. For stucco homes, apply batt insulation at the window’s center, then install the window. For wood windows, all you have to do is apply sheathing, then the new window.
Maintenance Tips for Window Replacement Project
For maintenance, simple maintenance tasks can be performed by the homeowner. For example, check the window screens regularly to see if they need a new coat of sealant. Take note of paint peeling on the exterior trim and embark on a maintenance plan for it so it won’t spread to the surrounding trim areas.
Additional Tips for Window Replacement
To prolong the window’s lifespan, allow air to circulate within the house. Doing so will prevent the window replacement’s seals from being over-expanded, thus keeping the window watertight. If there are areas where the chains aren’t properly stapled with gaps, they can be modified accordingly. Vents should be installed to prevent the accumulation of moisture. When selecting replacement windows or painting jobs, be sure it’s one that will match or complement the current home’s architecture and curb appeal.
Replacing a window can be a major home improvement project. Taking the time to do the work right and perform routine and minor maintenance steps, your house’s windows can last longer than ever. Remember, it’s all about making the most of your home’s indoor environment, and putting all your home improvement touches into the right places. That way, you can enjoy your home for years to come.