Windows have it bad. They protect your home 24/7 from the wear and tear of the seasons. But, no matter how sturdy they are, soon they’ll need replacing. However, constant battery isn’t the only reason why you should go ahead and replace your windows.
You might have passed by this beautiful house down the road and simply fell in love with its windows that you just had to have them. Or you had your house remodeled, and you need matching windows for your new house theme. In any case, window replacement shouldn’t bother you so much, as long as you have the right equipment and these helpful tips.
1. Rule of Thumb – Be accurate!
First things first: be very accurate with your window measurements. Don’t just rely on your guts; trust the measuring tape. Accuracy saves time, money and effort. When measuring, use the smallest units possible (centimeters with millimeters is the best) for the best fit.
To get the most accurate measurement, make sure you measure the width and the height three times: from one end, the middle part, and the other end. Then choose the shortest measurement of the three. This will ensure that you get the best fit for your frame.
2. Figure out what type of replacement you’re doing
There are three, if you didn’t know that already – sash kits, full-frames and insert replacements. Sash replacements attach new parts to your window (like the jamb and the sill), while the insert replacement has a set of fully-assembled windows, ready to be installed.
The full frame is like the insert, except that it includes the frame itself; in short, it’s the whole package, a total renovation of your window, sill and frame. All three could be easily installed and it just depends on what you want.
Don’t forget to consult your budget, too, as these replacement windows don’t necessarily come cheap. Choose wisely, and pick up the instructions from there.
3. Quality check your materials
Always check the quality of your replacement windows. Don’t just get those cheap glass replacements just because they’re cheap! It’s best to be in a showroom and contrast and compare materials and products.
Some things you can consider are warranties, operation, glass selection and even the time it will take you to clean them. Once you’ve done your price and quality check, go ahead and proceed with installation.
4. Take this time to clean!
Hit two birds with one stone! After removing your old windows (with or without frame), clean the area thoroughly, meaning the jambs and the sill. You will also notice that the jambs and sills could have some holes in them, so make sure you fill them up before you proceed to installation.
If you’re removing the entire frame, then check for holes as well. Make sure you fill everything up before installing your new windows.
5. Go green!
If you’re feeling a little kinder to the environment, why not try an energy-efficient window? It helps with maintaining room temperature and reducing noise levels. You could also use recycled materials for your windows, some used windows for a classic, ancient effect, or windows made of environment-friendly materials.
6. Take your time
If you’re convinced that you can replace your windows yourself, then you better do a great job with it. Installing windows take time, especially if you’re also changing your window mechanism.
Devote time and effort, and don’t rush. When you try to just slug it out, you’ll end up redoing the entire thing over again. So be careful and take your time.
7. Dry fit!
No, these aren’t clothes we’re talking about. But like the perfect pair of jeans, how do you know it’s perfect when you haven’t tried it on? Dry fit your window before attaching it completely. This will help in case your measurements were a little off and there are some fitting issues. Also, try out the window mechanism.
Does it open properly?
Never move forward in attaching that window unless you have done a dry fit and you’re satisfied with how the window works.
8. Paint and Finish
It’s always a great idea to place finishing touches on your newly installed windows. If you don’t like the original color, go crazy and paint!
But before you do so, check if you left any nail or screw holes that you need to fill up. Once you’ve done that, you can proceed with painting your new windows.
These are just a few tips and tricks of the trade. On top of everything, make sure your head is in the game. It’s not that hard, come to think of it.
Replacing your windows doesn’t really require a professional, as long as you follow the instructions carefully. What’s the internet for, anyway, right?
Article written by Vitaliy Volyanskiy