Installing Replacement Windows

There are a number of DIY jobs around the home that many people would rather call an expert contractor in to perform when they could actually do it themselves. These jobs sound harder than they actually are so, with the right materials and a little help, you could perform them in no time at all. One of the jobs that falls into this category is installing replacement windows. As long as you have the right equipment and have done the right preparation then you will find that you can install them within a few hours with few problems.

The Equipment

Before even attempting to install replacement windows you will need a range of tools and materials to ensure that you do a first class job first time. In terms of the materials you will need, the list is fairly short. You only need caulk, shims and the replacement window itself. However, you do need several tools.

You will need a hammer, a tape measure, a screwdriver, a square, a caulking gun, a utility knife, a pry bar, a chisel and a drill. All of these items are easy enough to get from a hardware or DIY store and will not cost you a fortune. As such, it is actually much cheaper to install it yourself than to call in an expert to do so.

Before moving on to the installation process though, you will need to do some preparation. For example, you will need to fully measure all of your windows that you wish to replace. Having accurate measurements can make all of the difference between easily installing your windows and really struggling to fit them in. if you do make any mistakes with the measurements then your home may not be properly insulated or worse, meaning that you may be the owner of an unsafe home.

Installation of Replacement Windows

In order to make sure that you install your replacement windows properly, follow the guidelines below:

    1. Remove the old window sashes – Replacement windows fit into your existing frames so you do not need to take the whole unit out, just the glass, sashes, stop and parting bead. You should not remove the exterior stop but should remove every other part from the interior and exterior before thoroughly cleaning the frame. If you have any holes in the frame then fill them with a little caulk rather than leaving them.

    2. Caulk it up – Before placing the glass and sashes in the frame, lay a bead of caulk on the outside stops and jambs by running it along the inside of them. At this point you should install the sill angle and make sure it is safe and secure before proceeding.

    3. Install the sashes – Place the sashes vertically in place and make sure that they are secure. Here you should also place the expander/header on the top of the window. Caulk this at the top and then secure it with small screws.

    4. Fit the glass – Place the window in the opening and make sure that it is square before installing the mounting screws. They should be tightened but not so much that it will bow the jambs. Before doing this, use shims to square the glass if need be.

    5. Secure the header and sashes - Now the glass is in, slide the header up to cover any gap between the window and the frame and screw it in place before sliding the sashes up and down. This will reveal any problem areas. If it does not move smoothly then you should use the in built adjustment screws to alter the frame.

    6. You are done! – Finally, caulk inside of the window to form a good seal before reinstalling the interior stops.