Replacing your Windows
Replacing your Windows
When it comes to replacing windows, there are various styles to choose from ranging from timber to UPVC and fibreglass to vinyl as well as a range of colours. As of 2002, replacing windows must be carried out in line with up to date building regulations, specifically the retention of energy in the house. Replacing windows can be a fairly complicated process and you should always hire a licensed professional to do the work for you.
Removing the old window
Before you start to remove the window frame, remove any moving parts, like the opening sashes, at the hinges. Next carefully saw through the mullions at an angle to allow for the removal of any fixed pieces of glass. After that’s done you should be left with just the frame to deal with. Cut through the jambs (sides) at an angle until the saw has reached the plaster but be careful not to cut it. Carefully pry the frame out with a hammer and chisel, avoiding the plaster. Now it’s time to remove the window sill. Cut the sill at an angle and pry it off with a wrecking bar and then do the same for the head timber. If it’s an upstairs window, you should make sure that the head timber isn’t attached to the soffit board outside. If it is attached, you’ll need to cut through the nails or screws joining them together.
Fitting a new window
Once the old window has been removed, check the condition of the window jamb and make sure that it’s structurally sound and that no repairs are necessary, and specifically be on the lookout for rot. Before having bought a new window, you should have checked and double checked the required measurements so that everything is guaranteed to fit properly. When you receive the new window, if it hasn’t been sealed, do so before fitting it so that it provides the proper protection.
Before applying the silicone, first fit the window dry to make sure that everything fits properly. If there are any issues, fix them and dry fit the window again. Once the window fits properly and isn’t causing any issues, you can finally install the new window.
Run a bead of silicone along the inside edge of the window stop and slip the window into place. Then make sure the window is level by using a level and, if necessary, placing cedar shims under the bottom of the window. Once you’ve made sure that the window is completely level, secure the window frame to the jamb by screwing the window in on each side at the top and at the bottom. there should be pre-drilled holes to make it easier for you.
If there are any gaps around the window, you should add insulation to help exclude drafts and keep your home warm. If you only have small gaps, you can use an insulation foam that expands to fill any crevices. However, if you have larger gaps, you’ll need to cut pieces of an insulation roll and fit them in the gaps.
Painting and decorating
Once the window has been fully installed, you can decorate the surrounding area and add any finishing touches you want or need. After you’ve finished decorating, it’s time to sit back and relax.