Simple Guide for Installing a New Window

by Waqar Hassan Blogger, Author and Entrepreneur

Does your home need new windows? The old ones are showing signs of wear and tear and you have decided to replace them. The good news is that you don’t have to hire someone to do the job for you. These days, the internet offers you plenty of resources that you can use for learning how to go about it. All you need to do is a little research and you will find infographic details on fitting a window with ease. Here is a simple guide to assist you in this process:

Remove window casing and trim

Take a pry bar and remove the jamb extension and window trim from the old window. The former is a piece of wood attached to the window jamb for making it even with the wall.

Get rid of the old window

Remove the old window by unscrewing it from the jamb. Make sure the glass doesn’t break during this process. Some windows have multiple window sashes that have moving tracks. Removing them is easier as you can do it one sash at a time.

Prep for the new window

With the old window gone, do an inspection of the window jamb to identify any structural damage. Old windows often rot out of the jamb and leak. The damaged areas will need to be repaired or replaced before you move forward. The opening should also be measured to ensure it can accommodate the new window.

Replace the window stop

A piece of wood placed around the window’s exterior is called the window stop. It keeps the window from moving or sliding out of the opening. Check the original stop; if it can be used, you can move onto the next step or first replace it.

Dry fit the new window

Dry fitting the window is recommended before silicone is applied to the window stop to ensure there are no fitment issues. If there are any, it is best to address them and dry fit the window again. The window should be able to fit snugly and you shouldn’t move forward before it does.

Do the installation

This step is quite simple. The first thing to do is to put silicone on the inside of the window stop and then push the window into place. A level should be placed on the top of the window and cedar shims should be pressed between the bottom of the jamb and window frame to get the sitting level. The hardware packet of the window will have the screws that are put in the sides for anchoring it to the jamb. Put two screws on each side and one on the top and the last on the bottom. The window frame will have pre-drilled holes for the screws.

Add insulation

Insulation will cover the gaps around the original window frame. You can use roll insulation for larger gaps and expanding spray insulation foam for smaller ones.

You can create a frame around the window in the molding of your choice and paint and stain the window for a complete look.  

About Waqar Hassan Innovator   Blogger, Author and Entrepreneur

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