When you wish to change something in your home, you can take a look at your windows and find something better to replace it with. You can choose to have vinyl windows replacements to make your home look better than it did before. There are several steps on how you can properly install your vinyl window replacements. Read the instructions carefully below to make sure you install the windows properly in your house.
1. Remove the old window.
The first thing that has to be done is to remove the old window. Start by removing the inner trimmings and moldings with the use of a chisel. Don’t throw these away because you can still use it in the future.
2. Remove cords as well as weights.
The cords and weights from the old window should be removed from the frame carefully. Sometimes, there may be springs and you have to be careful because they can spring out and startle you if you are not mindful of them. These things are to be removed from the bottom sash as well.
3. Remove the top sash.
You can remove the top sash by prying it out of the frame against the parting stops. Just be careful that you don’t damage the stops as well as the openings so that you won’t have to replace them too.
4. Remove the aluminum tracks.
There are some windows that contain aluminum tracks and these should also be removed prior to the installation of the new replacement window. The staples should also be removed.
5. Install a Sill.
The mechanical windows, slider windows and casement windows are in need of a sill and you should be able to install it properly with a 1/8 angle behind the Blindstop.
6. Close all window sashes.
It is important that you make sure these are closed before you try to fit them in the space. In this step, you get to fit the replacement window and make sure that the measurements are all correct. After this, you may remove the new replacement once again.
7. Use fiberglass insulation.
To make sure that the windows are airtight, you can fill empty cavities with fiberglass insulation. You can use the rope to guide the insulation in the cavity.
8. Add Caulk
A generous amount of caulk should be placed in the edges as well as the blind-stops and the opening’s header too.
9. Add a head expander.
A head expander can be added when needed and the legs trimmed off with the use of a knife. Insulation can also be added in between the frame and the expander.
10. Install new replacement window.
Now that you have prepared the frame, you can now install the replacement window. Make sure that the sashes are closed.
11. Check the alignment of the window.
The window should be checked if the level is correct. You can add shims in the center of the frame, in the sashes and also the screw holes to make sure that the screws are attached properly.
12. Install the screws.
The screws can now be installed and the screw caps can be re-installed afterwards. Drill holes onto the head expander so that you can attach the frame with the use of a screw.
13. Return the moldings.
The moldings and trimmings inside the window can now be re-installed.