How to Properly Install or Replace Your Home’s Windows
With so many homeowners focusing their remodeling efforts on energy efficiency, it is no wonder that window replacement is a top upgrade for homes in the country. Window upgrades often pay for themselves, especially if you are upgrading from outdated metal frames to vinyl, energy-efficient models. Before you tackle the project yourself, however, you should familiarize yourself with the steps involved in this labour-intensive process.
Finding the Right Replacement Windows
Replacement windows are designed to fit into your home’s existing window opening. These come in a variety of standard sizes, and include wood, vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl-clad wood and even aluminum-clad wood. In order to find the right replacements, you will need to go through a few steps:
- Measure the Replacement Space - First, you must measure the dimensions of your existing window frame to ensure the replacement will fit. Start by measuring the inside width of the old frame, going from jamb to jamb. Then, measure the frame’s height working from the left jamb, middle, and then at the right jamb. Finally, use an angled-measuring tool to determine the slope of the window’s sill.
- Choose Your Windows - There are numerous choices when it comes to window installation and replacement. It is crucial to understand that price does not always reflect the window’s performance. For example, a double-hung clad wooden window will cost more than double-hung vinyl windows, but the vinyl is more effective at keeping cold air out. Match your window choice to the climate. Most Canadian homeowners need windows that offer maximum resistance to low temperatures and wind.
- Know Your Options - With windows, you get to choose everything from the cladding, sash, grilles, etc. Grilles are purely decorative, but should be selected to match the exterior architecture of your home. You can also select frame colours, which should match your home’s current exterior.
- Replacing the Windows - Replacing windows is labour-intensive. You will have to remove components step-by-step, starting with the sash and glass, then the jamb liners, etc. You will also need to prepare the frame, remove sash weights, prepare for insulation and more – all before you can insert the new window.
Opt for a Professional When It Comes to Window Installation or Replacement
While it is tempting to tackle window replacement and installation as a DIY project, most homeowners find they get better results, not to mention value, when they hire a professional to do the job for them. A professional installer can also help preserve your manufacturer warranty, which is important considering the upfront investment of the windows themselves.
Instead of replacing your own windows, contact the experts at Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors today. We can help you find the perfect replacements, remove your outdated windows and install the new ones with ease. Get started today. Give us a call at 613-727-9387 for a quote or contact us online if you have any questions.
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