Windows replacements can be useful and cost-effective projects for home improvement. You will need a few tools to allow you to remove an old window and set up a new one. The work may take a week to finish for all wood windows assuming you are working alone and you might incur some costs for the parts and the new replacement window. Consider going through the following beginner’s guide to windows installation for your house.
Tools and Materials
You will need a screw gun, a circular saw and a pry bar. You will also need a wooden windowsill, insulation for the window and cedar shims. You might also require trim molding, your double-paned window, silicone, and paint. For tools, you should consider adding finish nailer, miter saw, and harmer. These tools will allow you to install a new window. If you are going with a professional installer, then you do not need the tools as the experts come equipment with industrial ones.
Always Start with Safety in Mind
You may need to have your goggles and your gloves although most windows will come off easily from their assembly. Remove the window trim and casing before attempting to lift off the old window. The prybar comes in handy here as it allows you to create a gap between the window and the wall to make it detach easily. Safety concerns should also have you inspecting the existing window to see whether there are damages to the frame. The precaution helps to make sure the new window will not fall off and be a safety risk.
Always Fit the New Window When Dry
You might be using adhesives and other substances to remove or install your windows. However, you need to ensure your wooden surfaces are dry. The silicone should come in when you have a dry fit of the window to the available allowance. The dry frame should give you a rough idea of the space needed when there is full expansion. You might need to spend more time or shift the installation hour to ensure that the dry fitting is perfect. After that, you can proceed with the sealants.
Apply Sealants Evenly
You must always apply the sealants well to make sure there are no gaps to allow air and heat to escape. A bread of silicone run on the inside edge of the window stop should do the trick. You will need a level to make sure the window is sitting horizontally. You will have to screw its frame to the jab with the available hardware packet provided by manufacturers. This step is usually straightforward, and it marks the end of the windows installation.
Additional Helpful Tips
Power tools will help you do the job fast. You can use a drill for the screws and a pressure gun for the nails. You could also use a sealant applicator for the silicone. You may need to carry out a test window installation to gauge your capabilities before working on the actual windows. Remember that it is never late to seek help from professionals. You might need to watch them work before you can embark on a DIY project with your new windows.