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Owning a home means you need to ensure that everything remains in good condition.
For all homeowners, this also means paying attention to their current windows.
Investing in a window can be pretty costly, but the security and energy efficiency it provides is worth it.
What’s more, it increases the curb appeal of your home.
Fortunately, some windows are more affordable than wood. It is vinyl-made windows.
If you happen to own one, you’re in luck.
We will be discussing replacing vinyl windows in your house.
With that in mind, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step process to install vinyl windows for your house.
However, if you’re hesitant, you can always rely on Fitch Glass & Door Repair for a home window replacement.
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You’re lucky enough if you have the essential tools and skills in replacing vinyl windows.
The reason is you can save hundreds of dollars for your window project.
Before you perform the task by yourself, prepare the following tools:
- Cordless drill
- Caulk gun
- Hearing Protection
- Pry bar
- Tape measure
- Safety glasses
- Utility knife
- Foam backer rod
- Acrylic caulk
Before You Begin
Fortunately for DIYers, installing a vinyl window is not that complicated.
It only requires essential tools and skills.
However, before you decide on installing the vinyl windows on your own, check the condition of your current window.
If it’s rotten or heavily damaged, including the frame, it needs a replacement.
Besides, it is much bigger and heavier work than installing it alone.
You can watch this to have an idea of how the process works.
Remove Your Current Window
First, remove the inside part of the molding and trim from the windows.
To do this, use a pry bar to lift them away from the wall and the window.
Remember to set the parts aside as they can be used again when installing a new window.
Remove the Parting Stops
After removing the window, take the parting stops from the sides and top of the window.
Then, set them somewhere as you will need them again once you install the new window.
Remove the Sashes
Next, remove the sashes that are located at the top and bottom of the window.
Start by pulling out the bottom sash from the lower slash.
Make sure to pull it out in an upward and outward motion.
Fill the Gaps with Fiberglass Insulation
A vinyl window has a sash liner or pockets, in other words.
Take away the springs and the cord away from the sash liner.
Then, fill in the gaps and empty cavities with fiberglass insulation.
Replacing the Window
Prepare for Installation
After removing the window pieces, scrape the caulking, foam, and paint that is left behind.
To do this, run a paint scraper along the surfaces of the jamb.
Measure the Window
To ensure that the new vinyl window fits into place, set it inside the frame.
The new window should fit snugly with no gaps between the jamb and window.
After taking measurements and fitting, remove the new window from the opening.
Caulk the Edges
Run a bead of caulk to where the stool meets the window apron and window sill.
This is to prevent drafts and damage from water.
After, apply caulk onto the header and the blind spots.
Insert and Place the Window
Set the bottom sill and tilt it into place so the window can fit back into the frame.
From the inside of the window, bump the exterior framing to the opening blind spots to secure it into place.
Then, level the new vinyl window.
Use shims on the sides and bottom of the window.
This is to level the new window and fit it snugly in place.
Secure the Window
To keep the window frame from warping, add shims behind the screw holes while fitting the window into place.
Then, align the screws with the holes.
Fill the gaps between the window opening and frame by using a low-pressure expanding foam.
Lastly, put the molding and trim pieces back to the window.
Rely on Fitch Glass & Door Repair for a Window Repair in Seattle!
Replacing Vinyl Windows takes time and careful execution to do it right.
For this reason, it’s better to seek assistance from a trusted window glass replacement expert in Seattle.
In this way, the job gets done right without lapses.
Also, errors are avoided to prevent damage soon.
So if you want a high-quality installation of your vinyl window, call Fitch Glass & Door Repair!
Aside from installation, we also do window cladding, repair, and home door replacement.
Call us if you’re in Seattle to get your new vinyl window!