How To Install Replacement Windows

Construction & Contractors Blog

Installing a window can save you some money and be a rewarding handyman project. Following these simple steps outlined below will allow you to successfully install a new replacement window inside your residential home.

1 - Start by cleaning out the frame from any dirt, residue or moldings that remain inside the frame. Make sure you get rid of the excess caulking that is around the perimeter of the frame by using a utility knife to cut it out. If you have an older window previously installed you will have to remove it before you can proceed onto the next step. Make sure to check for rot on the opening and make repairs if needed.

2 - Measure the frame to ensure you have the exact measurements of the window you need to install. it is important to double check your measurements to make sure you have the correct size otherwise you will be forced to start over from scratch when it doesn't fit. Measure the width and compensate for the side jambs of the window frame and then the height from the top of the jamb frame to the blind stop along the bottom. Verifying measurements is one of the most crucial steps.

3 - Set the glass in place so that the glass is as close to the warmer opening as possible. Hold it in place until you have the proper position that will minimize the amount of heat lost and condensation. Using a level make sure that the window is completely even and not crooked. Then install quality shims to hold the window in place while it is being fastened in place.

4 - Once the window is at an exact 90 degree angle and level, secure the window by drilling pilot holes and then fasten it into place with screws. The screws will hold the window in place and ensure that it doesn't shift when the temperature outside changes.

5 - Once it is screwed into place you will need to insulate around the window frame with a foam insulation to form an airtight seal. The insulation will prevent cold air from coming through the cracks and make the window more energy efficient on your heating bills.

6 - Caulk around the outside the window frame on the exterior of the house to ensure a watertight seal and prevent leaks. Make sure that the caulking that you use is waterproof and will allow for the expansion and retraction of the materials.

7 - Install the window casing and trim around the window to complete the project. You can nail the trim into place with simple finishing nails to give it a clean polished appearance.

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If the steps outlined above are too complicated for you or you don't have time to invest in installing a window properly then call for a professional window installer from a place like Port Orchard Glass to do the work for you. They will have the knowledge and training to know how to install all types of windows in older and newer model homes.


27 January 2015

Those Cold, January Nights

When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.