Window Installation

Written by Charles Peacock
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A lot of people put off repairing or replacing old windows simply because they're afraid it's going to be too difficult to do the job properly. In reality, putting new windows in isn't hard at all. It doesn't really require any special tools, and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

Tips for Installing New Windows

The first thing to remember when installing new windows is to follow the instructions provided with the kit. Every window manufacturer recommends a specific installation procedure, and they build their windows according to this plan. Following the instructions closely is the best way to ensure that you're going to do the job right.

Even if you're replacing existing windows, check the empty wall opening to make sure that it's square and level before you begin. You don't want to go through the entire procedure only to discover when you're almost done that the entire unit is mounted on an angle. Many old houses have crooked walls that have settled over time, and the hole might require a bit of adjusting and leveling before you can begin.

Insulating the cavity in the wall opening is also an important step that can be easily overlooked. If there is old insulation in the cavity, remove it and replace it with fresh insulation. This will make sure you're getting a good tight seal that will keep heat or air conditioning inside the house where it belongs.


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