Its time for replacement Windows, replace your old windows and replace them with those brand new windows you just purchased. Only problem is, you don’t have much experience with window replacement! Not to worry! Sometimes we rather conduct house operations on our own. However, realize that when it is necessary, one should not shy away from asking professionals for help. Here at OneSource, we do our best to help you with installing, replacing, and maintaining your windows and doors for a reasonable price! However, it is also our job to inform you on how to replace a window yourself should the need ever arise. With that, here are six steps to replace your home’s windows all on your own!
Step 1 – Discard Your Old Windows
Before you go about buying replacement Windows, it is important to identify the issue you currently have. For instance, if you need a new windowpane, contact a glazing contractor to come and replace the pane for you. This cannot be done without previous experience. If you have determined that the entire window must be replaced, you might want to consider using a stock replacement window. The best and most recommended way to remove the entire window casing is by using a crowbar. Also, we recommend getting a stock replacement window because although it may require additional adjustments to the frame, it will cost you far less than having a custom window.
Step 2 – Adjusting The Window Frame
When adjusting the window frame, and only after you discard the old window casing, make sure that both, the headers and studs are square. Additionally, you must ensure that the frame measurements match the dimension of the new window you are using to replace the defective one. Adding new boards to the frame, as well as removing a slight part of the sliding on the exterior may be required in this step. If you are adding new boards to the frame, it is recommended to utilize boards that are 2 x 4s and more importantly it is imperative to leave about a 1/4 inch gap on all sides for further adjustments and insulation that may be required.
Step 3 – Installing New Windows
If a section of the siding from the exterior has been removed, make sure to put a felt wrap back up to prevent outside moisture from coming inside. Next, you will want to apply the window wrap to the exterior framing of the window, once again for the same reasons. When wrapping, ensure that you start the window wrap installation from the bottom of the window and over time, you will want to work your way up to the top of the window.
After that, you want to install the window from the exterior by applying pressure upwards until the window snuggly fits the frame. Upon securing the window, you will want to screw your window into place to avoid it from moving unnecessarily. A tip here would be to do your best to anchor it to a solid piece of wood.
Post security, adjust the window until it squares by maneuvering the screws and adding shims to areas that need adjustment. Once the window is in the correct position, from the exterior, use screws or nails to secure it into place.
Step 4 – Wrap The Window
Once your window square, secure, and nailed into place, add another layer of window wrap around the fins of the window. Avoid overlapping the wrap and do not entirely cover the surfaces. When wrapping, do not let the wrap fold or crinkle on itself. The key trick is to make sure that the moisture is kept out of the wrap. The only way to do this is by keeping the wrap straight and fitted within the window frame.
Step 5 – Insulating Your Windows
In order to insulate the window, try putting expanding-foam sealant in between the gap that exists in the middle of the casing and the window. Next, cover the edges of the window with painter’s tape to protect the outside surface from being tampered with. After the foam dries, it must be scraped off with a knife or a sharp utensil capable of discarding the excess foam. The key for this is to refrain from adding too much foam in the gap. Failure to do so will result in the window being disabled and incapable of working correctly.
Step 6 – Replace Trim and Casing
Lastly, after the foam dries, hack away the excess remains and install a new interior casing. If needed, be sure to also replace the exterior trim if required.
If you need any help, get more information about our services by contacting us today! We, at One Source, know that homeowners have many questions and we are always here to answer questions you may have! Let us help you make the most informed decision to help us turn your house, into a home.