If you don’t know how to install replacement windows, you are definitely reading the right page.
The skills and experience needed for one to handle a window replacement project can vary depending on the complexity of the window replacement project.
For instance, when it comes to doing full-frame window replacement, this may need you to have a lot of skills and experience since there is a lot of work involved.
For example, you will need to get rid of the entire window frame and insert a new frame.
If not handled by a professional, this can cause structural issues to your home.
However, if you are handling a retrofit window installation, this may not need a lot of skills and experience since all that you need to remove is the window only.
However, experts in window installation such as Total Home Oakville advise homeowners to start by reading the Oakville windows manual to understand what is require in the both cases.
Besides, homeowners can watch YouTube tutorials for more insights about window installation.
Step 1: Window Parts
To start, to understand how to install replacement windows, you should understand window parts.
Replacement Oakville windows fit the existing window space and come in three basic types.
They include full-frame units, sash kits and insert replacements.
Each of these should be installed properly to ensure the functionality of the placement window.
Step 2: Measuring for Replacements
Measure the Oakville windows at the top, center and the bottom and note the smallest measurements.
Then, take the frame’s measurements at the middle, left and right jamb, and take the least measurements.
Next, measure the diagonals from the corner to determine the squareness and check the slope of the sill.
Step 3: Remove the Sash
After you are done with the measurements, carefully remove the old sash, making sure you do not distort the window space.
Step 4: Pry the Jamb Liners Off
Using a flat bar, pry your window jambs if they are made of aluminum or vinyl without interfering with the interior and the exterior casings.
Step 5: Prep the Frame
Get rid of the peeled paint and use wood putty to patch any cracks and holes.
Use sand to smooth the jambs and primer the door. Paint once the primer dries.
Step 6: Get rid of the Original Sash’s Weight
Pull the sash weights from their pockets, and if they are excess, unscrew the jambs to get hold of them.
Insulate the window frames from behind.
Step 7: Prep for Insulation
Use polyurethane foam to insulate your window as it works better than fiberglass.
Use the foam made for Oakville windows and doors only for efficiency.
Step 8: Spray the Foam
Spray the foam in the sash weight pockets and any other hole you may have drilled and leave to harden for about 6 hours.
Step 9: Caulk the Opening
Use two caulk beads along the windowsill and elastomeric caulk for the blind stops and the exposed exterior casings.
Step 10: Install the Window
Sit the replacement window on the sill while working from the inside.
Once it has fitted the space, press it on the blind stops or the exterior casings until it holds firmly.
Step 11: Fasten it loosely
Use 2- inch screws and drive them into the framing from the jamb on the upper side.
Drive the screw a bit deep to support the window’s operation, but not tight to allow adjustments to be made before the final screwing.
Step 12: Shim Accordingly
Insert the shims around the openings until the window can operate smoothly when locked, opened and closed.
Make sure the window measures equally by taking the diagonal measurements.
Once you have confirmed that the measurements are equal, screw the window using the predrilled holes.
Use a shim on every jamb to avoid bowing of the frame and screw through. Use a small knife to trim the excess shims.
Step 13: Caulk, Prime and Paint
Use the elastomeric caulk to fill any gaps from the outside.
Use the minimally expanding foam to fill any gaps from the inside and reinstall the stops.
Prime the window, then paint or stain it according to your preference.
Hope this guide has helped you to understand how to install replacement windows.