Replacement Windows Des Moines: Replacing wood sash windows with vinyl windows
When we left off last week, we had gotten rid of the old wood sash windows and prepared the opening for the vinyl replacement windows. Now it’s time to install your brand-new windows. You need to have someone there to assist you when doing the setup. If your looking for a contractor to assist you in replacing your windows, call the experts at Replacement Windows Des Moines. They will help you and you’ll have you new windows installed right.
Initially, Eliminate all shipping materials from the window. Now, if you are installing a number of different sizes, make sure you are putting the proper window in the appropriate opening. You need to put the window into the opening to ensure it’s going to fit, then eliminate it and run a bead of caulk on the face of the outside blind stop where the window will rest. You do not want to caulk, only to find the windows are too big. It’s worth the extra couple of minutes to make sure it’s going to fit. Raise the window and set the bottom in very first. Then raise the top until it rests versus the outside blind stops. Often, when raising the top into position, the window frame will strike the top of the wood frame. You have to tap down on the top of the vinyl frame while keeping pressure to the outside.
Once you determine that it’s going to fit, eliminate the brand-new window and set it aside. Run a bead of caulk on the face of the outdoors blind stops. White latex painters caulk works great. Raise the window into position once again. Now have your assistant hold the window in position while you raise and lower the sashes, making certain that the window is square in the opening. Remember how you ordered the windows 3/16″- 1/4″ shorter than the tightest measurement? This is where you use this area to change the frame to be the most plumb and level. Get a box of popsicle sticks and wood coffee stirrers at the supermarket. The coffee stirrers have to do with 1/16″ thick, and the popsicle sticks are approximately twice as thick. You wish to put the shims in the 4 corners. Then caulk the space on both sides and along the top prior to installing the inside stops. I do not advise putting any screws in the sides, however you can put one screw in the leading center and one in the bottom center. You really do not have to utilize any screws in this type of setup, considering that the shims will get rid of any side play, and the caulk on the blind stops will hold the frame in place too. Keep in mind, we still have to re-install the within stops.
Before setting up the inside stops, eliminate all the old nails and replace them with new nails. A 1″- 1 1/4″ surface nail is great. Prior to installing the inside stops, scrape all old caulk off the stops. Then, while your helper holds the window in location, nail your stops back on. If the window has 4 stops, install the shortest ones initially. That method you can flex the longer stops into location in between the two short ones. Use a nail punch to sink the head past the surface area of the stop. If you have numerous windows to do, i recommend doing the first window to this point prior to going to the next. How aggravating would it be to have an assistant eliminating the old sashes, only to discover that the windows aren’t going to fit!? If the very first one goes in fine, then you can send your assistant ahead of you to begin getting rid of old sashes. The best way to avoid the headache of having a lot of brand-new windows that will not fit is to make sure you measure CORRECTLY. Keep in mind, tight minus 1/4″ on the width and height should be fine.
Complete the inside by caulking the location of the inside stop where it fulfills the housing, and the point where the stop fulfills the brand-new frame. Fill the nail holes in the inside stops with caulk to hide the nail heads. Now it’s time to complete the exterior. A quality replacement window will either have a sloped frame to match the slope sill, or it will include an insert that fits under the brand-new frame to fill the gap developed by the sloping wood sill. If you buy a lower grade window that doesn’t included anything to fill the space beneath, you can purchase some wood trim to fill the area, or you can get a flat vinyl trim that attaches to the face of the bottom of the new frame. The flat trim is offered on my website under the “store” tab. Once you cover the bottom space, it’s time to caulk where the outdoors blind stops fulfill the vinyl frame, and where the bottom space filler meets the wood sill.
That’s it! You’re done! You can purchase accessories to cover your old wood sills with a vinyl wrap extrusion. That can likewise be discovered on the website under the “purchase trim” tab. Next week we are going to start on changing old aluminum windows.