If your windows have started showing signs of weariness and are no longer capable of bestowing your room with the much-needed protection from outside noise and crippling the dcor of your home, it is time that you gear up for some window replacement endeavor. However, replacing windows involves the dual cost of purchasing new ones along with the expenses incurred on getting an expert do the installation job for you. While you cannot afford to compromise on the former cost and get home poor quality windows, curtailing on the latter costs is possible by going for a Do-It-Yourself venture. So before you get your tools along to set off for replacing the windows in your home, here are some things and tips to keep in mind for a smoother replacement process.
Consider Replacement Windows: When going for a window overhauling replacement windows are the safest and the best choice since they are custom-designed to fit the existing window frames or openings, unlike full-frame ones which are meant for fresh constructions. Replacement windows are available in myriad sizes ranging in width from 11 and a half inches to 68 inches. You can also choose from among a number of materials such as vinyl, wood, vinyl-clad wood, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and aluminum-clad wood as also the specific type you wish for like insert replacements, sash kits, and full-frame units. Full-frame replacement window units comprise a complete set of side jambs, head jambs and sills and are the best option for windows which have corroded completely. Insert replacements contain the assembled window and a ready-to-install secondary frame that gives the new replaced window a smaller stature than the older one. Sash-kits come with sash and jamb liners along with other moveable parts in addition to the window and are meant for window frames that have a square, level design. When ordering for a replacement window, ensure measuring your old window accurately by taking measurements of the inner width, the height of the frame and the diagonals by taking proper number of readings.
Take Off Window Trim along with Casing: Once you have chosen the type of window replacement, the next thing to do is get your prybar tools to take off the trim and jamb casing of the window to be replaced. Then carefully remove the window from the jamb casing by unscrewing it taking note of the glass, which is prone to breaking in the process. For windows with multiple sashes and moving tracks, the job can be easier by taking off one sash and window at a time.
Check out for Damage: When the sashes are out it is essential to supervise for any signs of damage or rotting along the jamb due to leaks. If you notice any damage, it needs to be addressed first by undergoing a repair work before you proceed to the next step. It is also important to check into the plight of another window part called the window stop, which refers to the piece of wood responsible for holding the window in place, and prevent it from coming off the opening. It is placed along the exterior portion of the jamb and generally does not rot frequently. However, if it does you require undergoing a repair work or replacement for this part as well.
Do Up the Frame: Before putting up the window patch up the existing frame by scouring all scraped paintwork and cracks applying putty of the exterior-grade wood type followed by coats of prime and painting the window frame surfaces.
Put Up the Window: Do not go forth with applying silicone at a go and prior to fitting the window check out if it sits properly into the opening. Once you are completely satisfied with the fit of the window, apply silicone on the interior edge of the window stop. Put a level on the window top and then butt in the cedar shims between the jamb and the bottom of the frame for obtaining the sitting level of the window. Usually window kits come with four crews, two to be placed at the top and two on the bottom rim on both sides.
Apply Insulation: If you notice gaps around the original frame insulate them with spray insulation foam for interior holes and use roll insulation to fill up those which can be packed without much difficulty. Finally add the finishing touches to your window replacement endeavor by choosing a mold style that echoes and compliments the backdrop dcor of your room, construct a new frame around the replacement window and paint it for a complete look.