Install your windows with these DIY steps

I really like encouraged people who design and plan their home improvements; but I love when decide to make it to tackle their own DIY projects. This post is based on how you can install a new window at home; we all know that there are a few reasons why homeowners make the decision to replace their home windows, security and energy efficiency are two of the most important. It is well known that non- impact windows won’t protect you from storms, or intruders and old windows leak air make energy bills considerably raise. What about installing new windows for other reasons like rotten wood windows or the noise from outside is just seeping in? well, I am glad to let you know that it is not necessarily to hire a professional to execute such helpful home project; you can actually do it yourself and this is how you will make it happen.

Tools and materials

  • Safety glasses
  • Screw gun
  • Circular saw
  • Pry bar
  • Insulation
  • Wooden window sill
  • Cedar shims
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint

Step #1: window trim & casing removing

Start up this home improvement project by using a prybar in order to remove the window trim and jamb extension from around the old window. That jamb extension you will find in this step is a piece of wood that has been ripped down and attached to the window jamb to bring it even with the wall.

Step #2: Your old window is ready to be removed

Now, unscrew the window from the jamb and then remove it; be careful not to break the glass while the removing step, it is common that many windows will be multiple window sashes with moving tracks on the side. These types of windows can be easier to be removed one sash at a time.

Step #3: repair and prepare your new window opening

Ok, at this point you already have the window out of the wall; now it is time to carefully inspect in what conditions the window’s jamb is so you are sure that there is no structural damage. Oftentimes it is very common to find out that your old window leaks and thus, the result is a rotten jamb. In case you find out that there is a damage, you will need to replace the damaged area of the jamb before moving forward. Additionally, you might have to measure your rough opening to make sure that it accommodates your new window. Generally, the rough opening should be ¼” to 3/8” larger than the exterior dimensions of your new window.

Step #4: your window stop is ready to be inspected and replaced

That piece of wood ripped and placed around the exterior side of the window jamb is called window stop, and its function is to prevent the window from sliding out of the opening. This means that the window stop does not allow the window to move; and it will be very likely that the original stop of your window is still in useable conditions, how if yours is not the case, then you will need to repair it or replace it.

Step #5: dry fit your new window

Make sure to dry fit your window before applying the silicone to the window stop, and check that there no fitment issues. In case you find them, address them immediately and then dry fit the window again. If you have properly executed this step, your window should fit snugly into the opening. Strive not to move forward with the install until you are really satisfied with the result, that is with the way the window fits in the opening.

Step #6: installing the new window

This is supposed to be a very simple step; what you need to do first is running a drop of silicone right on the inside edge of the window stop, what’s next is to place a level across the top of the window and then press the window sitting level. It will be completely ok if the window comes with its own hardware packet, which typically consists of four screws that go through the sides of the unit to anchor in to the jamb. Remember, two screws should be put into each side of the window, one of the them near the top and the other one near the bottom; there should be pre- drilled holes in the window frame where you can install the screws.

Step #7: Insulation!

Since it is possible to have gaps around the original window frame that the wall studs, you may need to cut pieces of roll insulation and pack them into those gaps; in case you have harder to reach spots, use expanding spray insulation foam. Adding insulation will be key in achieving a well- done window improvement project because they will keep gaps in your window covered.

Step #8: time to add extension jambs and trim molding

Choose the molding style that best suits your home’s decor, the right molding choice will create that perfect frame around your window. Now you will need to measure the length of each piece molding, and then by using a miter saw you need to cut the trim to the appropriate length.  Be sure you make your cuts on 45 degree angles, this way the trim will fit together with a nice picture frame look. Then, it is time to attach the trim to the wall with finish nails. In addition, add thin strips of wood trim inside the original window frame in order to cover the gap between the new window and the drywall.

Step #9: paint and add those finishes touches that best describe your style

The last but certainly one of the important steps is to paint and add unique finishing touches. To achieve this fill any nail holes with stainable or paintable wood putty, then paint the trim molding around the window to achieve a great finished look.