how to replace a window

How to Replace a Window at Home

So here is how to replace a window at home using a few steps that do not need any experience. But you have to be careful in removing the old window and replacing it with a new one, especially if it has glass in it.

By replacing the window you can improve the energy efficiency, fresh air flow, and the overall room interior to transform your space into a new one.

But first, you need to check the condition of your old window and know if it requires a replacement or just a repair will do the job. Let’s go!

The Condition of Your Window

First look for cracks, chips, rot in the frame, or damage by termites as well as foggy glass panes. There can be a reason to replace the window.

But some of that problems are repairable to make it like new, like the glass, and the paint, or clean the termite damage with some lemon spray and use it like new. It is you who will decide how damaged the window is and whether should you replace it or not.

If your decision is to repair it then follow the below steps and gather the tool it requires to take down the window. 

Gathering the Tools and Materials

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Andersen Windows on Flickr

If you have the right tools then it will be easy for you to work on the window and spend less time replacing it. Gather these tools now. 

  • First, get a tape measure and measure your window accurately with the proper dimensions.
  • Get a screwdriver to remove the screws. Make sure the screwdriver fits the screws properly.
  • Get a Pry bar or anything similar to remove the frame of the window. Do it carefully and use a hand glove while doing it.
  • Get a chalk gun or drill machine to seal the frame border of your new window.
  • Then buy a water level to level the area.
  • A wood trimmer if you need to trim a part of the window or the frame.
  • A few Shims to ensure the window remains in place.
  • And a new window and glass obviously that fits the dimension of your window frame.
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I have already shared the whole steps here. But worry not I will do it again in far more detail so that it goes under your brain, not over it. But first, you need to remove the old window.

Remove the Old Window Safely

Follow these steps to remove the window without breaking it. You must not destroy the foundation of your old window or else your whole efforts will go in vain. Mind that!

  • First, get yourself a protective eyeglass and hand gloves.
  • Examine the old window screws and the frame.
  • Get your screwdriver that fits the screws and remove them one by one.
  • Be careful not to create a scratch on the frame or the foundation.
  • Use a Pry bar to remove the frame away from the wall. But do it gently without hurrying up as this part is crucial.
  • After removing it, clean the whole area of your frame and if possible paint it if required.

Okay, now you are done with removing the old window. Now follow the next step to install a new one.

Installing the New Window

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Andersen Windows on Flickr

First, I would say, painting it as painting it later would be a tough job.

  • Then carefully lift the window and pace into the window opening and atred it to the frame.
  • Water level it to make sure they are fitter properly.
  • Now take out those Shims that I have told you to buy and attach them between the opening of the window and the frame so that it does not move further.
  • Use your drill machine to fit the screws in and do it carefully. (The old screw marking will help you out in this one and you do not have to mark for them from scratch).
  • Check for any gaps or anything that is not right.
  • Then check for the easiness of the window. Can you open and close it effortlessly?
  • If there is something make it right.
  • Make your final inspection before you say I am done.
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Congratulations you have installed a new window all by yourself. Now what! enjoy the fresh air.

Last Words

Okay, it is time to maintain the window by cleaning it at least once a week so that it lasts longer. If you have a garden nearby or have flower pots nearby, remove them so that the sunlight can reach the window and stop termites from damaging it.

Do not stress out just care for it and it will last decades. Hope you are happy now!

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Nazim Ali

Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.