Replacement windows differ with each house and so do directions on how to install a replacement window. The instructions and tips that will be given below will be basic directions that you may follow, but do bear in mind that they may not be appropriate for your home.
Replacement windows are designed to go into any window openings. You can get them in a number of sizes from as wide as sixty eight to as narrow as 11 ½.
How to Remove the Old vinyl Window
The first thing you have to do if you want to install a replacement window is to first measure your window (the one you want to replace). This means you are measuring the frame. To do this, you have to;
- Measure the width of the window frame (make sure that you measure from the inside of your house).
- Then proceed to measure the height of the frame. You do this from the sill top to the head jamb underside in 3 places – across the top, the middle and at the right. Here you will also write down the smallest measurements.
- Take measurements of the diagonals from one corner to the other and make sure the two dimensions are the same.
- You will need an angle-measuring tool to find the slope of the sill.
Install your new windows from inside your house to make this process easy and safe.
Take out the inside stop pieces:
Make sure you remove them safely because you will use them again on your new window.
Then take out the inside sash. In the case that the window has weights, simply cut the chains or sash cords and let the weights fall to the wells (the bottom).
If the window you are removing had weights, drive the pulleys to the frame or simply get rid of them.
How to Install the New vinyl Window
- On the side post of the window, put a bead of caulk on the inside part of the outside stops. Then mark the window sill (for the sill angle). Caulk and put in the sill angle.
- Place the sashes (both top and bottom) upright at the center of the frame. Slide the bumper stops towards the frame center till the 4 mounting holes that is 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom on the side jambs can be seen.
- Put the expander or header at the top of the window and caulk its top.
- Put the window in the opening and verify that it’s a square. In the case that the window isn’t square, you can shim it as required.
- Move up the header so that it covers up any gap/space between the old frame and new vinyl windows
- To check for gaps slide the top together with the bottom sashes up and down. You can make use of the built in adjustment screws that are in the jambs if the sashes don’t operate properly.
- Caulk the inside of the window and put back the inside stops.
After following the above directions on how to install a replacement window, you can then leave it for a couple of hours so that everything dries up properly. You can then check to see if your window was properly installed and clean your window frame.