9 Steps To Installing Windows For Your Chattanooga Home
Windows stand out from the rest of the house because they are different. Clear and fragile, yet durable and beautiful.
Seeing the difference between a house with old and new windows can be striking.
We see it all the time and it looks amazing.
This is one of the reasons why we believe every home deserves amazing looking windows, including yours.
So whether you are looking to DIY window installation or are simply curious, here are the 9 steps to installing a window:
- Remove The Window Trim And Casing
- Take Out The Old Window
- Prepare The New Window Opening
- Look At The Window Stop
- Test Fit The Window
- Install The Window
- Add Insulation To Any Gaps
- Add Jambs And Trim If Needed
- Finishing Touches
But there’s more to some of these steps than just the title. Let’s take a closer look at what each step involves!
You can learn about 11 different types of windows for your home >>
Tools And Materials
- Pry bar
- Miter saw
- Screw gun
- Circular saw
- Finish nails
- A window of your choice
- Wooden window sill
- Trim molding
- Cedar shims
The 9 Steps To Installing A Window For Your Home
1. Remove The Window Trim And Casing
Using the pry bar, remove the trim and jamb extension (piece of wood leveling the jamb with the wall).
2. Take Out The Old Window
Unscrew and remove the window. For windows with multiple sashes, it may be easier to remove them one at a time.
3. Prepare The New Window Opening
Inspect the opening to make sure there is no damage like rotting. Any damage needs repairing before you can move forward.
Measure the opening to ensure it’s wide enough. It should be 1/4 – 3/8″ larger than the dimensions of your new window.
Any gaps can be filled in with insulation later.
4. Look At The Window Stop
This part of the window keeps it in place so it won’t fall out. It is a piece of wood around the outside of the window jamb.
It may be damaged and in need of replacement.
5. Test Fit The Window
Before adding any adhesives, make sure the window fits into the opening. It should be quite a snug fit.
6. Install The Window
- Run silicone along the inner edge of the window stop
- Slide the window in
- Level the window
- Screw it in where marked
Now you get to make everything look neat and beautiful.
7. Add Insulation To Any Gaps
Here is where you can add in the insulation to any openings or cracks around the original window frame.
8. Add Jambs And Trim If Needed
Find the trim that fits your style and add it to the edge of the window.
- Measure the length of each part
- Cut the trim using a miter saw
- 45-degree angles
- Attach to the wall with finish nails
You might need to add thin strips of wood (jamb extensions) inside the original frame to cover the gap.
9. Finishing Touches
This includes painting, filling holes, and making sure it fits your ideal look.
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Enjoy Your Amazing New Windows!
Whether you’re outside looking in or vice versa, you’ll love the look of your new windows. It can look like your home just got an amazing facelift! But not everyone has the time or energy to install their own windows.
If this is the case, you can check out our window installation page >>