If you are planning on updating your home with new windows, vinyl is one of the best choices. Before you can install vinyl replacement windows in your home, preparations need to be done. You will also need to choose the style and features of the new window units.
The planning of the new vinyl windows for your home needs to start with evaluating the existing openings. You will also need to prepare the exterior finishes for the new vinyl windows. The following vinyl replacement window guide will help you get your home ready for these improvements.
- Inspecting Exterior Finishes — The exterior finishes around openings could be a problem when installing vinyl replacement windows. These finishes include things like siding and masonry materials. You want to make sure that the finishes will not be in the way of the new windows. Talk to the replacement window service about different options and how to deal with exterior finishes that get in the way when installing windows.
- Removing Old Sashes — The old sashes of windows need to be removed before you can install the replacement windows. When you remove the old sashes, you are also going to need to remove the hardware that is in the way. Once you have removed the sashes and hardware, you will want to make sure that the interior of the casing is clean for the replacement windows to easily be installed.
- Repairing and Painting Casings — The existing casings will also need to be repaired before the new windows can be installed. It will be easier to do the painting of the existing casing before the new units are installed. Painting the casing now will ensure that you do not make a mess or get paint on the replacement windows once they have been installed. This is also an excellent time for other improvements, such as adding insulation around the casing to stop air leaks.
- Level and Square Casings — When installing replacement windows, you want to be sure that the new windows fit. Therefore, it is important to check the openings to make sure that they are level and square. If the casing is squared and level, the vinyl window replacement units will fit in the openings smoothly.
- Caulking and Finishing Trim — There may be some trim pieces that need to be added inside and outside of the new windows. The new vinyl replacements may have a small crack around the casing. This crack can be caulked, or it can be covered with a narrow strip of molding. Caulk the cracks to ensure the windows do not have air leaks after they have been installed.
Prepare for the installation of new replacement windows to get more from your investment. Contact a vinyl window replacement contractor to begin these windows improvements for your home renovations.