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Window Replacement DIY Tips

Window Replacement DIY Tips


So you’ve decided to ‘go green’ by replacing your home windows, eh? Well, you’re not alone. Lots of people are doing it. Some just want to freshen up the appearance of their home but most are interested in saving energy. The new, energy efficient windows on the market certainly can do that. But if you’re also thinking about a DIY job and doing the work yourself, there are some things you need to watch out for.

First of all, the most critical thing you need to do is take careful measurements. Assuming you do that, you’ll find that DIY replacement windows are designed to fit into existing window spaces you most likely will not have to do any type of brick work or woodwork other and on perhaps on the sashes, side jam and trim itself. All of that will either be covered in material that comes with the new windows or you can readily find DIY window replacement literature that clearly explains and illustrates the whole process.

You should also always ask an expert to take a look at your existing windows and surrounding structures to make sure there’s no hidden details that you don’t catch because you’re not a homebuilder yourself. This is just a precaution but it is worth a little added expense. Very possibly somebody from the replacement widow supplier will be able to do that for you for little or nothing.

Keep practicalities in mind and realize that the pictures you see of the new windows might not apply for a home like yours. Certain types of windows look better and work better in some types of homes than others. For example, tilted windows are often preferable to loft areas and higher areas because they’re easier to clean from the inside. Or…. for areas where the windows are hard to reach, double-hung windows are a wise choice (for convenience).

Most replacement windows nowadays are the metal or PVC variety but if you happen to like the natural wood look just be sure the wood is properly prepped and sealed first. The exact sealants you use might vary based on your climate and the type of weather exposure the window will be subjected to.
A list of the few tools you’ll need includes:

  • Tape measure.
  • Hammer(s)…maybe a couple of different types (including a rubber mallet).
  • Small but powerful electric drill with drill bits for masonry, wood, or whatever material is around your windows.
  • Expanding foam filler.
  • And… depending on the style of window, you might want to buy some locks to add to the installation job.

That’s about all there is to it. DIY window replacement is just these few tips and then being sure you buy a good replacement window product to begin with.