After you have lived in a house for a long time or when you shift to a new house, there are some changes you absolutely have to make. One of the most common changes people make to old houses is replacing the windows.
This is very common because the windows often remain unchanged for years while the market presents better options. Also, because security depends highly on window quality, many people like to get sturdy and sheltered windows.
If you are one of those people but do not know where to start, this article will provide a guideline. I’ve laid a step-by-step plan of how you can replace the windows with some help from professionals below.
- Remove the Old Window
If your house needs a brand new windowpane, you can contact a glazing contractor to do the job for you. If the task at hand is to replace the whole window, it is recommended to use a stock replacement window and these can be purchased through a glass supplier.
You might have to make certain adjustments to the window frame. However, this will cost much less than getting a custom window. You can use a crowbar to remove the old window casing. This includes removing the trim and sill plate too.
- Make Adjustments to The Window Frame
After you have removed the casing, check that the studs and headers are alright. Also make sure that the frame’s dimension and the specifications of your new window matches.
In case it doesn’t, you might have to add new boards to your window frame. You might even have to remove parts of the exterior siding. In this case, use felt wrap to avoid moisture.
Remember to keep at least 0.25 inches gap on all the sides so that you can make adjustments in the future. This also allows insulation.
- Install The New Window
Begin installing the window wrap from the bottom and adjust on your way up. When you finally install the window, approach from the outside.
After it fits the frame perfectly, use screws to keep it in place by anchoring to solid wood surface. You may have to spend some time on adjusting the window.
- Next, Wrap The Window
After you have effectively nailed the window in place, add an additional coat of window wrap, especially around the window fins. You must overlap this wrap and fully cover the entire surface.
Note that you cannot allow the wrap to crinkle or even fold back. The wrap is what keeps moisture out and it is essential that it settles nicely on the window frame.
- Remember to Insulate
Use expanding foam sealant to insulate the window. Use it in gaps between the window and casing. You can protect the window surface by using painter’s tape to carefully cover all edges.
After the expanding foam dries, scrape it off using something sharp. Resist from adding excess foam as it will bow the window and reduce functionality.
- Change the Exterior Window Trim and Casing
After the expanding foam sealant dries, install your brand new interior casing and replace trim.
Of course if this is way beyond your skills then you are best to contact a supplier of windows who will point you in the direction of a great installer.