If you’re in the process of building a new house, adding on a room or simply doing some remodeling, one addition that you’re probably going to want to add are some new windows. However, being that different kinds meet different needs, it’s important that you know what to look for. And, if you want to save a few extra dollars, it’s also a good idea to know how to install the windows yourself.
So, over the course of the next few minutes, you are going to get some helpful tips on how to choose and also how to put in windows for your home. If you follow these suggestions, you’ll be guaranteed to have to perfect ones for your house.
How to Choose the Right Window
Oftentimes, when the topic of choosing a window comes up, people tend not to think there’s much variety to choose from. The reality is that assumption actually couldn’t be further from the truth. First, it’s a good idea to choose the kind of window that is double or triple-pane and comes with an Energy Star label on it. That way, you can be certain that it’s energy efficient.
Next, you should think about what room you want the window to go in. For instance, if it’s a window for your kitchen, you may want to go with a casement window. Those are easier to open when the window is in front of your kitchen sink. Or if you want to put a window in a space that has a great view but doesn’t require a lot of ventilation, a fixed window may be your best bet. If ventilation is important, a hopper-style window is the kind that you should look into. Or maybe you want windows that have the look of wood, but you don’t want to deal with the swelling that can come from humidity. There’s even a window for that; it’s called an aluminum-clad wood window.
As you can see, there are a lot of options to choose from. So, before speaking with a customer service associate at a window store, think about the purpose and also the room you plan to install the windows in. That way, they can assist you with getting a window that will best suit your needs.
How to Install the Window You Choose
Say that you went to a window and door store like Lyndhurst Lumber to get your windows and you told them that you would prefer to put the windows in yourself. Luckily, there is a lot of information online that can walk you through the process, step-by-step.
The first thing that you’re going to need are the right tools. This should include a hammer, drill, square, chisel, screwdriver, some caulking, measuring tape and shims.
After measuring the width and height of your window, you then need to remove the inside stop pieces as well as the inside sash. If it’s an old window that comes with cords, cut those. Then slide the outside sash to the bottom of the window and disconnect (and discard) the parting beads. Be careful not to remove the exterior stop from the window jambs in the process.
Then clean the jambs so that you can apply a bead of caulking. Center the top and bottom sashes in a vertical position, slide the bumper stops toward the middle of the frame and place the expander on top of the window. Then caulk it. Place the window in the opening, checking for the square. Slide the header up to get rid of any gaps and then slide the sashes up and down to make sure that the window open and closes smoothly. The final step is to caulk the inside of the window and then reinstall the side stops.
If you’d like to watch some videos on how to install a window, go to YouTube and put “install a window” in the search field.