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Learn How To Install Replacement Windows Correctly For Accuracy And Beauty

March 1, 2009 by  
Filed under How to.., Windows & Doors

We need to learn how to install replacement windows. The old windows need changing because they are draughty and guzzle energy. Installation of replacement windows does not break interior moldings or otherwise interfere with the outside trim and siding. The replacement windows can be mounted inside the present window jambs. It will save on the trouble and chaos of yanking off the old window and its trim.

Detailed instructions are available online showing how the old sash from double hung windows can be removed and mounted with a new replacement that can be inserted in the window jamb that exists. It is so simple that even a beginner will be able to succeed.

Vinyl replacement windows are the best in so far they do not require any staining or painting. Simulated wood types are also available. Vinyl replacements have their own jambs these can be inserted in windows that are not perfectly square. Help might be required from the window dealer for measuring.

Careful thinking must be done before buying replacement windows – more tricky than shopping for sash kits. The window quality varies dramatically and some are available only with contractors. For example a Vetter window costs around $225 and delivery time is roughly three weeks. The instructions should be studied carefully before actual purchase.

Attention should be given to the locking system, weather-stripping and frame joints. After looking to the details the next focus is on the overall look. Some have narrow sash parts of vinyl that permits entry of more light and allows for a better outside view than those having broad sash frames.

The old jamb has to be solid and healthy. Therefore close inspection is required to see that there are no signs of damage from water. The sill needs careful scrutiny. A screwdriver will be of great help to pry into corners to find weak soft areas.

A carpenter will be able to repair these points with bits of wood. Alternatively an epoxy-repair-system can be used. If the damage is extensive and runs along the top or interior then it is better to tear it down. Repair work cannot be trifled with.

Measurement has to be done carefully as nothing can be more frustrating than to find a custom sized window that is non-returnable and yet it does not fit!

For those who want to keep the original wooden appearance of the olden double hung type of windows, the best alternative is to opt for sash replacement kits. These can be ordered with matching grilles so to match the décor of the house. The new range of replacement windows is energy efficient and free from maintenance hassles. Follow these rules and guide to how to install replacement windows correctly for a hassle free window.

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