Replacement Window 101

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The time has come to replace a few windows in your home, in which you will have a couple of different options. You can either call a contractor to go out and replace them for you, or you can try to tackle the project on your own. Now when I talk about replacing a window, it could be the installation of an entirely new window unit or where you can keep the existing window frame and just install a replacement window or a pocket window. It may seem more economical to just replace one window at a time; however, this does not mean your home will be near as energy efficient. If you are already planning on having your siding replaced, it is just best to rip the Band-Aid off and get your windows replaced at the same time.

1.First, you want to choose the right type of window for you. As discussed previously and another blog post there are many different types. Once you have selected the window that best suits you and your home you will then once you get it ordered in.

2. The next step of replacing a window is measuring. You want to be sure that you both measure from inside your home the width and the height of the window frame. And then you’re going to make sure you do the same for the exterior of your house. A good rule of thumb is making sure that you measure twice or even multiple times before you remove the window.

3. Once a replacement has arrived the next step will be to remove the original window. Now you want to make sure that you are extra careful when removing the glass of the window, especially if you’re dealing with an already broken window. Your first wanna take out the sash and then slide the outside sat down and remove it in the same way. Next, you will want to examine the inside sash and see how it is being held up whether it is a chain or cord and then you’ll want to cut it and let the weight of the window fall straight down. Now that we have handled that step, this is a great time to go ahead and examine your window jam and make any necessary repair.

4. Now you will want to center your new window, using shims to help support the horizontal jams were necessary. It is common that most replacement windows rarely fit, but with the help of shimming, it should help raise one side to help make it level. Be sure to mark where the shims were at on the wall and make sure the window is entirely level.

5. Now is the moment that you have been waiting for, you can officially begin to install your new window into place. First, lay down a bead of caulk along the inside of the interior stops on the jambs. Place your window and make sure it aligns square with the top and the shams leaving an inch or so sticking out in case you need to adjust them. Go ahead and screw in the mounting screws at the top and bottom of each side jam be careful not to over tighten them. Go ahead and move the header up, so that helps you any gaps between the top of the replacement window and the old

6. Now that’s your window has had a chance to set you can go ahead and check it for it to make sure it is properly opening and closing. If the sashes are not operating correctly, use adjustment screws in the side jams to help adjust the window frame. Once the window is working smoothly you go ahead and cut off the protruding pieces of the shim and caulk the inside of the window and reinstall the inside stops.

Of course, if you are not entirely a DIY kind of individual and you would prefer a professional to handle your installation. The team at Hatch Homes would be happy to help!

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