Getting Replacement Windows? Do These 4 Things To Prepare Yourself


If you've decided to have new windows installed on your home, know that there are several things you'll need to do before the installation can occur. While some prep work is more obvious than others, it is a good idea to run through this checklist to make sure you have all of your bases covered.

Check For Odd Shaped Windows

You are going to get the most bang for your buck with replacement windows when you're able to use standard windows. When you have windows outside of those dimensions, it will require a custom window that will be much more expensive to replace. You'll want to go around your home, measure your windows, and determine if any of them need a special order or if they are all standard sizes. If you have any custom windows, you may have to alter the budget you set aside for window replacement.

Remove Interior Trim

There may be some work that you ought to do to your windows to prepare them for their replacements. For instance, leveling may be necessary to ensure that the window is even within the space on your wall. Be aware that this will require removing all of the trim on the interior of the window to gain access to the outside of the casing.

Add Insulation For Improved Energy Efficiency

With your old window casing exposed once you have removed the trim, now is the time to add additional insulation to the gap between the wall and the window. It is as simple as purchasing bat insulation and compressing it into the gaps to seal them up. Avoid using spray foam since it could expand and cause damage to the opening, which will make it very difficult when installing the new windows.

Paint The Windows

Planning on painting your windows a new color? If so, it is better to do that before you have the window installed. You can paint the windows in a more open environment, taking your time to ensure that you do a good job. When finished, you can install the windows without any worry about needing to paint around your window frame. You may need to do some touch ups from small damage caused during the insulation, but it will be much easier than trying to paint the frame once it is installed.

If you need help doing any of these things, know that you can hire a professional window contractor to do it all for you.


20 April 2017

thinking through the window buying process

One thing I disliked about my house when I bought it was the fact that the windows were all so small. My house is in a beautiful country setting with no neighbors anywhere to be seen, so I couldn't understand why anyone would want to block the scenery out of the home. I started looking for oversize windows that I could use to bring the stunning country setting inside the home. I find all sorts of windows that would accomplish what I wanted and created a blog to help me choose what windows would be best for my home. Maybe, my thought process can help you find the perfect windows for your home.