If you are ready to have new windows installed in your home, there is a lot to be done before you can start. Preparing the window openings yourself can help save you time and money when installing windows in your home. Here are some tips to help you with the improvements you need done to your windows:
1. Measuring All The Openings For New Windows
Before you can have the new windows installed in your home, you will need to check all the openings. If you are going to install replacement windows, you will want to check the sizes for the windows. You will also want to check opening sizes for any new windows that are to be installed. If you have custom windows, you may need to measure them for custom glass replacement if they need replacing.
2. Preparing Window Casing Where New Windows Will Be Installed
You will need to prepare the window casing where you are planning on using replacement windows. This job will mean removing the old window sashes, which hold the glass in. After the sashes are out, you will want to remove stops, tracks and springs. The opening should be left clean where the replacement will fit right in the hole.
3. Checking Openings For Level And Square, And Adjusting Them
Before you can install any windows, the openings will need to be level and square. This is especially important where replacement windows are going to be installed. Check the window for level on the sides, top and bottom. In addition, measure from corner to corner to make sure that the opening is square, which the measurements should be the same in all directions when measuring diagonally.
4. Waterproofing For A Watertight Seal Around Windows
Before you put the new windows in, you will also want to make sure they are watertight. This can be done by adding a moisture barrier beneath the window seals. You can do this by sliding house wrap materials behind the exterior finish and beneath the window. You may also want to use a special window tape to seal all the corners of the windows. This will help protect your home from potential leaks that can lead to water damage.
These are some of the things that you can do to prepare your home for the installation of new windows. If you are ready to install new windows in your home, contact a custom glass contractor like Wildwood Glass Company Inc and talk with them more about how you can prepare your home.