DIY Replacement Windows

By WindowShopper

August 17, 2013

If you are planning on replacing your windows, you have to keep in mind that there are a couple of options. You could either choose to get it done through a professional or you could choose to do it yourself.

There are many reasons why you might want to replace your windows. The window might be broken, or it might be getting old. Of course, having your windows replaced on a regular basis would increase the value of the house, whether you want to rent it or whether you want to sell it.

 There are a lot of homeowners are not too comfortable with having another person come and fix their new windows. But it is possible for people to get their replacement windows fixed themselves. You could follow some home replacement windows tips and complete the whole process on their own.

You won’t have to spend a lot of money trying to get a carpenter or the contractor from the store to actually come and put these windows up. If you have any form of motor coordination, chances are high that you will be able to get your windows up and ready in no time at all. It is a valuable skill to learn, as well. In the future, you can offer window replacement services to your friends as well!

 

Home window replacement Benefits

 Think about it. If you get a contractor to come from the store, you might have to spend at least a 100 bucks. If you get an independent contractor, you would have to spend more money. There are chances that the window replacement is just a part of a larger picture- maybe you are remodeling or redecorating the house.

You probably spent a lot of money buying the windows in the first place, so you are not in the position to waste any more money, pointlessly. As long as you have the basic tools, it is really easy for one to install the windows in their house.

 As mentioned, this is a valuable skill to learn. It is one that will come in handy in the future and it will certainly be appreciated by your friends as well.

There are a lot of people who think that they will be able to install the window in a jiffy, before they get to work, but they are mistaken. Truthfully, it does take time. There are chances that your installation might not be as flawless as the professionals’. After all, the professionals are people who have learnt how to do this and have practiced for years.

It is up to you to decide whether saving up on the money and learning a new skill is more important than the cons. Most people find that the benefits outweigh the cons, though.

 

DIY window replacement

It might take you around 4 to 6 hours to replace and install an average sized windows. Before you buy the replacement window, you have to make sure that you measure the windows and get a window that is custom made to fit the sill.

If you are just replacing the glass, make sure that the frame is still solid and does not have any chips or cracks. There are some fully assembled replacement windows that are just ready-to-install. If you have an existing frame, this is the best option for you, for it is easier and takes less time.

 

Here’s how you replace windows:

 1. Remove the sash: Once you have bought the window, you would have to remove the sash. There are wooden stops on the lower sill that you will be able to pry off or unscrew. If you are planning on reusingthese, be incredibly careful, for they might break. Once you have taken the sash off, remove the parting beads. You could store these carefully, as well.

2. Remove the jamb liners: In case you have vinyl or aluminum jamb liners, you will be able to remove the same with the help of a pry bar. When removing the jamb liners off an original window make sure you remove all the wooden stops and keep the interior and exterior casings as you found them.

3. Prep the frame. Even if you have just bought it from the shop, just sand and polish it once more, so that the frame looks better.

4. Remove the sash weights now.

5. In case you are planning on insulating the window (a large benefit, as it would help maintain the temperature within the house), remove the fiberglass from the weight pockets. Use polyurethane foam if this is the first time the window is being insulated.

Take an electric drill and drill 3/8 inch holes on the frame- one on each end and one in the center. The replacement window you have bought would probably have some pictures describing where these holes need to go.

6. Spray in the polyurethane foam now. Once you have sprayed it, let the excess foam to harden. This process will take about 6 hours. Once it has hardened, just scrape the extra foam off.

7. Now, you should apply two beads of caulk, right next to each other.

8. Now, install the replacement window that you have bought. Make sure that the window fits snugly.

9. Now, use a 2 inch screw and fasten the replacement window to the frame. At this point, it is okay for the screw to fit the window loosely.  Close the window, lock the sash, just to check if the window shuts right.

10. If it is necessary, you could shim the window. Many people find quite beneficial to do the same.

11.Now, all you have left to do is to prime the window, caulk it and paint on any gaps that have been left. Go through the entire guide to check if anything has been left over. Follow the same procedure for all other windows.

12. In case you have received a guide with the replacement window you bought, read it and adhere to the instructions given on it.

 

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