When it comes to window replacement and window repair, it can be a daunting undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be. A few simple tips and guidelines will have handling your own window replacement in no time. You can save on high costs of carpenters and high-priced window replacement experts by doing just a little homework. The most important part of window replacement is to ensure that the broken or damaged windows are completely removed and that all putty and other debris around the window area are cleaned.
Replacing windows starts with a methodical process of removing putty around the window to be replaced. This is a process that requires patience and a few small tools. Once you’ve sufficiently removed all traces of putty and removed the broken glass, you’re ready to move forward with window installation and replacement.
The following tips will help you in the installation of the new windows:
1.Inserting the new glass into the frame is the first step in the process. It’s important to take accurate and exact measurements when purchasing replacement panes and windows. The glass must fit perfectly into the space and if it doesn’t, then you need to start over. That means that a glass that is too big must be cut to fit by using a good quality glass cutter or visiting your local home improvement store for cutting. Remember that you’ll need a tiny bit of space around the window for putty so the window should be ONLY a fraction of an inch smaller than the window area where it is being placed.
2.Once you have the exact size you need for replacement, carefully insert the pane in the window area, being careful around the edges. Even new glass can cut or scrape if you’re not careful. Wearing good work gloves is recommended. Once the pane is set in the window area, make sure that it fits properly and gently press it into place.
3.Glazier points are used to hold a window in place. You can purchase this when you purchase the panes. Put the glazier’s point around the window to hold it in place and then gently begin pressing it into the wood with a putty knife or similar tool. Use only slight pressure because it is very easy to press into the wood.
4.Work with putty until it is of a good consistency and ready for use. Just like bread dough, putty should be kneaded to make it pliable. Start applying the putty around the frame gently. Using a glazing tool will help smooth the putty after it is applied and your putty knife is also helpful. Smoothing the putty is important for the security of the window, but also for the appearance of the window from the inside and outside.
5.Scrape excess putty away. Now you have a new window!
Before you undertake a window replacement project, be sure to read the instructions supplied with replacement windows or visit a local home improvement store for details. You can also find lots of online help with installation. The above tips are only part of the process, but these tips can make the job easier.
Window repair and window installation is something that a do-it-yourself can definitely handle and save money in the process!
However, for guaranteed results – call MBHS Windows and Doors for an estimate before you try and do it yourself. You may find the investment is worth your time and effort.