Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects can be a great way to increase self-reliance and learn a new skill. But when it comes to replacing windows, it's important to assess your skills, comfort level, and time frame before taking on the task. If you're looking to replace a single window on the first floor, then it's possible to do it yourself with the right knowledge and tools. However, if you're looking to replace multiple windows on multiple floors, then it's best to hire a professional window replacement contractor.
When replacing a window, the first step is to get accurate measurements of the raw opening. Many DIYers make the mistake of not getting an accurate depth measurement. If the window frame is not flush with the wall, you will need to brush and sand the window frame or thicken the depth of the jamb with slats. This can turn a relatively easy job into an all-day affair, so take your time and use a ruler to get the right depth. Once you have your measurements, you can order new windows and begin the installation process.
Start by removing the window insert and placing a bead of polyurethane window and door sealant along the inside of the blind stop and the back of the window stool. Then use a carpenter's square and torpedo level, as needed, to adjust the window so that it is level and square. Insert replacements are a good choice for DIYers, as they only require basic woodworking knowledge and are relatively inexpensive. Double and triple glazed windows are insulated and the inert gas cushion held between the two or three panes of glass can make a big difference in your energy bills, reduce noise and maintain a stable and comfortable temperature in your home. Since replacement wood or vinyl inserts have their own jamb, they can be installed on window jambs that are slightly out of square. When installing replacement windows, take care to properly putty windows with good quality silicone putty.
Align the edge of a thick sheet of paper with the window stop and bend the bottom to match the angle of the windowsill. Then insert the mounting screws through the side channels and into the window frame to secure it in place. If you've evaluated your home improvement skills and aren't sure if you can do the job properly, it's worth hiring a professional window replacement contractor. If you don't, you'll need to make the opening smaller or, worse, make the opening larger to fit the new window. Having trouble opening and closing windows? If windows are difficult to open or close, this could mean that they have reached their maximum lifespan. If your windows don't look exactly right, you risk making a bad impression on potential buyers when you go to sell your home. From a basic standpoint, a replacement window can generally be installed with the right skills and tools.
The key to a window that works smoothly and seals properly is to get the frame perfectly square and the sides straight. Depending on your skill level and abilities, you may be able to replace a window yourself if you have the tools. However, if it's a large project with multiple window replacements, it's certainly worth hiring a professional window replacement contractor.