Those who are building a new house or remodeling the old one know it very well that style is not the only criteria, the house should be optimally functional and so should be the windows. Windows reflect the beauty of house. Every house has words to share and windows along with walls discourse on behalf of the house to the passers-by and the visitors. Windows in a new house add to its value and increase the potential of the new house in the buyers’ eyes. They make the house more marketable. Buyers are looking for the house that can make their life easier and the new windows are one of the most looked for features.
How do you install a window–Replacing the windows has its own importance not only in giving a new look to your house but also in cutting down the utility bills. A good quality window keeps your house warm and cozy. New windows are more eco-friendly and will pay for themselves in short period.
As per the preferences, prices and sizes of the windows there are various types of windows available in the market. Most of the preferred windows are factory assembled and easy to install. Before we go ahead to know how to install or replace the windows, let us briefly have a look on the various types of windows.
Single Hung Windows- these are most common windows and we know them very well, as most of us grew up with them. Do you remember them? The bottom moves up and down where else the top remains fixed.
Double Hung Windows-These are similar to the latter, with only one difference is that both the halves move up and down.
2- Lite Single Sliders- These slide horizontally, only one side slides. A regular 2-lite window slides from the both sides.
Trilite Windows- These windows consist of three equally sized panes of glass in which only bottom moves up and down.
Hooper basement windows- they have hinges on the bottom so that the top of the window swings outwards. They are ideal for basements.
Bay and bow windows- They are of almost same style have large middle window that extends outwards from the wall frame. There are at least two fixed windows on the sides and they can be double hung or casement style. These windows have window seats on the inside and look good especially on big walls.
The frames of the new windows are made with vinyl which is the cheapest and maintenance free, they mostly come in light colors. Wood is of course most traditional material with high maintenance, but can be painted in any color. The fiber glass or composite would cost you more but they are of their worth because of their durability. They are again maintenance free and can be painted. Highest price is for the aluminum.
Now to start with the replacement, first assess your current windows- start with inspecting the inside glass, see if they can open and shut easily etc. See if light is passing through it, this can signal the broken seal. If you are bothered by the outside disturbances, then you must go for noise proof and better sealed products. Once you have chosen the type of the windows you have to install or replace the old ones you can go ahead with installing the new ones. You might need help of man and van in Bristol for the delivery of the new windows.
Measure the jamb of the right side from outside to the inside jamb of the left side. To avoid warping you must measure the bottom, top and the middle. Repeat it vertically, from the inside of the sill of the inside of the top window jamb.
Remove the stops. These are the thin and vertical pieces of wood that hold the sashes in place. Use proper tools and avoid damage. Clip the sash cord, inside sash is to be taken out first. Remove the outside sash by sliding it down. Take out the parting beads and leave the outer stop in place.
Clean the jamb, sand wood; patch a small hole and use fillers or putty to fill the big holes.
Prepare your new window; check the fitting by placing the new window into the opening.
Place the window sashes at center and move the header on top of the window and caulk, then screw it on place.
Install new windows, ensure that the corners of the windows are square; you may tap the shims if necessary to correct the squareness.
Now screw the top and the bottom of the mounting screw.
Adjust the header to avoid space between the window and the frame and screw in the places required.
Check the movement of sashes, adjust accordingly if required.
Add finishing touches and caulk windows inside and install the stoppers.
Mike Jordan is a writer and content manager for man and van Bristol and removal and self storage Dorset. Mike has been blogging and contributing for several home renovation and improvement blogs.