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The Basics of Replacement Window Installation

The Basics of Replacement Window Installation By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

As home remodeling projects go, replacement window installation can be one of the more difficult. Yet with some experience and a set of commonly used tools, a replacement window can often be installed in under an hour.

Older windows can require a great deal of maintenance and are often a waste of energy. Replacement windows can improve your comfort at home and constitute a home remodeling project that can increase the house's value as well.

Can You Handle This Home Remodeling Project?

Installing replacement windows can be scary for the less experienced. If you have the time to follow a series of steps, though, and know how to use basic tools, you can probably do this home remodeling project. If you are unsure, you can always ask your replacement window supplier for the assistance you need. You may want to find an extra pair of hands to help you anyway, especially if you are going to be installing larger windows.

Basic Steps for Replacement Window Installation

There are some basic steps to follow no matter what kind of windows you are installing. The details can be different, however, depending on the replacement window product, so check with the manufacturer or supplier before starting the home remodeling project.
  • Step one: accurate measuring of the openings for your replacement windows. Typical measurements for width are the shortest distance between the side jambs and for height between the sill and the top jamb.
  • Step two: Place your order and buy the supplies you will need.
  • Step three: Remove the old windows and usually just the sashes.
  • Step four: Install the new windows one at a time, ensuring that the windows are square in the opening, and apply caulking along the way as instructed.
  • Step five: Finish sealing the replacement windows and install or reinstall trim pieces.

Follow the basic steps and the detailed manufacturer's instructions and your home remodeling project will be a good experience.

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About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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