Replacing a window is not really difficult as long as the proper knowledge and correct tools are used. As a matter of fact, many homeowners are replacing their own windows and saving money that can be used on other remodeling projects around the home.
There are a couple tools that are needed in order to successfully complete a do-it-yourself window replacement home renovation project, the tools needed include a circular saw, screw gun, pry bar, finish nailer, miter saw, and hammer. The material needed includes a wooden window sill, insulation, trim molding, cedar shims, silicone, a double pane window, and paint. The steps involved are listed below:
1. Remove old window trim and casing: The very first thing that must be done is remove the old window trim and the jamb that is around the window. The easiest way to do this is to use a pry bar.
2. Remove the old window: The old window will need to be unscrewed from the jamb. Then it can be easily removed, but remove with caution as the glass can break if not removed carefully.
3. Remove the guide track: Once the glass is removed, the tracks will need to be removed doing one sash at a time.
4. Prepare the opening for the new window: The first thing to do is to inspect the wall for any structural damage. The jamb may have become rotten which can damage the wall. If there is any damage, this will need to be corrected before proceeding to the next step.
5. Measure the window opening: Always measure the opening to ensure that it is the correct size for the new window. The opening in most cases will be around 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches larger than the new window dimensions.
6. Check the window stop: The window stop is a small piece of wood that is placed along the exterior of the jamb. The stop will not allow the window to slide from the opening. If the stop is damaged, it will also need replaced before going on to the next step.
7. Use a clean cloth and dry the window: Clean the window of any debris and thoroughly check it to ensure that it is not damaged and that it will fit into the opening correctly.
8. Sealing the window with silicone: Place a small amount of silicone along the inside edge of the window. Now, place the window into the opening. Hold the window level across the top of the opening. Add cedar shims at the bottom to keep the window in place until the window will stay in place on its own.
9. Stabilize and screw down the window: Place the screws into the pre-drilled holes and ensure the screws are in place tightly. These screws will anchor the window to the jamb, often located with two close to the top and two close to the bottom.
10. Add more window insulation for security: If gaps are seen around the window frame, it is a good time to add more insulation. Pack the insulation into all the gaps possible. If the gaps are too small to place insulation, spray insulation can be used as well.
11. Add trim molding to the window: Add trim molding that matches the rest of the room or the décor in the room. It is possible to find trim molding that does not have to be cut to fit by visiting the local builders supply store.
Once the trim is in place, it can be painted unless the trim was already prepared and only need installed.