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How To Install A New Window

If you are ready to fit new windows to your house, whether that be because the old ones are simply not official enough or have been damaged then this guide will show you everything you need to do to remove your windows and install your new ones.

The idea of this article is to show you bit by bit is acting what you need to do to remove the old sash and that your new window. There is no need to worry the task is not hard and even the most basic of DIYers will be able to perform this task.

Measurement Is Key

Installing New WindowsThe key to success fitting new windows is to make sure that all your measurement are spot-on. You need to measure everything to the millimetre before you place an order for your new windows. 9/10 times a window will be nonreturnable and you really do not want to find that it is too small for the space it needs to fit in.

The first thing you need to do is measure the width between the side jambs at the top, the middle and the bottom and then make a note of the smallest measurement. Make sure you measure all the way to the jamb and not just to the blind stop or parting stop.

The next thing you need to do is measure the height from the top jamb to the sill. Simply measure both sides in the middle called the smallest measurement again. Finally you need to determine the civil angle and specify this when you are placing an order for a replacement kit of the sash.

As a measure of good practice make sure you keep a clear and concise record of all correspondence with your preferred window supply. I would even suggest asking for a written confirmation for your windows are physically ordered so you can double check the sizes again.

One point to note is that if your house was built either in the late 30s or early 40s (or before) then the likelihood is you will have double hung windows. You may find that will have sash weights and chords. A more modern double hung window may be fitted with springs or jamb liners instead. It’s not a problem as once these are removed the installation process is exactly the same as normal.

Ordering Sash Replacement Kits Or Inserts

if you are looking to fit either wood or vinyl replacement insert then take note of this part here. The bonus of a vinyl window is that it is almost maintenance free. If you decide to order would then you will more than likely need to paint it will stain before it will be weatherproof. If you get the right supplier, you may even be a fun one that is offering a wood effect interior. Since replacement inserts have their own jamb, they can more often than not be fitted into window Jambs that are not precisely square. Is it being advisable to ask your windows apply for a voice with this as you will properly have to downsize your window very slightly to be able to fit the gap.

Ordering Double Hund Sash Replacement Kits

if you really want to try and keep the best authentic would look of a double hung window then Sash replacement kits are the best option.

The best thing you can do is order the sashes with grilles that will be able to be matched to all the other windows in your house. When you are ordering your sashes you can choose either the one or snap on. One thing to note though is that your old window jamb will need to be completely square and absolutely free of rot.

Installing New Window Inserts

you can start your window replacement by first of all removing the interior stops, sashes and also the parting stop. More often than not you will find that the parting stop is covered in paint and difficult to remove. The best thing you can do is use pair of pliers to break out the lower section if the upper sashes stuck simply prior break away from the upper section.

Before you continue you do need to make sure that your window inserts is square. You will find that your vinyl replacement or would replacement will be slightly smaller than the window jamb itself. This will allow for a little shimmying along the way. To have a window that operates smoothly and creates a perfect seal is that it sits completely square. One thing to note is that you should never be afraid to remove screws and adjust if you think it is actually necessary. When you’re placing in the new insert keep shimmying and moving around until everything is completely lined up and squared off. At this point you need to tighten the screws that they are snug but do not over tighten them. The installation can then be completed simply by reinstalling the interior stops. Once you seal the exterior the window replacement is effectively done.