It is quite common for people to change furnishings, replace their wall colors or re-model a room as part of their home improvement project. Windows are no exception, they have to be checked and repaired on a regular basis and replaced if needed. Those who would like to upgrade their home should consider replacing their old windows with modern ones that offer more benefits. The latest modern window designs can add aesthetic value to your home along with some practical functions.
There are energy-saving windows that facilitate efficient heating and cooling, as well as tinted ones that protect furnishings from fading under the sun’s rays. The first step in replacing old windows is choosing an appropriate replacement. People would normally replace their old windows with same sized models as they entail less work and costs. However, those who would like to resize their windows may also do so provided that they are prepared to work on the walls as well. It can be tempting to buy replacement windows based on their appearance or the current trends but the priority should always be the homeowner’s needs. Factors like maintenance, operation and service are often considered in choosing new windows. Ideal models are those that are easy to clean, maneuver and repair. Check the warranties or parts and service provisions to ensure that you’ll have access to replacement parts in case of damage.
There are two ways to go in replacing your window. One is to simply replace the window insert into the old frame, and the other is to tear out both the old window and frame. In both cases measuring the window opening is a crucial step. This will help ensure that you get the right sized window for replacement.
Start by breaking the paint seal with the use of a utility knife and running it along the trim, then remove the trims, sashes, and trim nails. Pry the window loose and clear all the debris in the opening. Prep your new window by removing the screws in the plastic wrap, the sill expander, and header expander. Carefully insert the new window in the opening and check if it is leveled and squared before securing it in the frame. Secure window with snuggly fitted screws making sure that they aren’t too tight or it may cause damage to your window. Get a piece of bat insulation and remove the paper backing before stuffing it in the gaps between the new window and the opening. This can be done with the help of a putty knife. Just like with the screws, make sure that the insulation isn’t stuffed too tight or it may affect the operation of the window. Reinstall all the trims and sashes, and then work on sidings that need to be patched or replaced.
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