This is probably the last thing on your mind, but every home eventually needs to have new windows installed. They may get broken, or the frames may become damaged. It might be as simple as you come to realize they aren’t as beautiful as they once were and decide to start replacing them a few at a time each year so you don’t get to the point of having to replace them all at once. If they aren’t functioning properly, if they don’t open and close smoothly while latching securely you may just be tired of the frustration and shop for new windows.
Removing the Old
Obviously the replacement process starts with removing the old windows. The job is not terribly difficult for an experienced contractor, but does require knowledge and experience. If the windows are old enough to need replacement they probably weren’t installed the same way as modern techniques have developed. There may be old paint or glue behind the frame, shims may have rotted to leave dirt, or they may just have become stuck in place over time. A professional understands how to deal with these issues and safely remove the window from the wall.
Installing the New
Installing new windows doesn’t take much time either, assuming an experienced professional who is proficient with the process is in charge. The inside of the framing needs to be cleaned up. Shims are aligned to assure the window is straight, square, level and plumb. A bead of silicone calking is applied to assure a seal between the window frame and wall frame, and then it is covered with interior and exterior molding to achieve the finished look. Depending on how handy you are, it may or may not sound like a complicated job, but knowledge of the nuances are important for a professional contractor to do the job right the first time.
When and Why
Obviously if the glass is accidentally broken the window needs immediate repair, but if it’s an older window it may be a good time to go ahead and upgrade it. If it’s been painted shut over time you may want a functioning window, or the hardware and latches don’t work you may want to replace a window for security reasons. It’s a common plan to upgrade a house with new windows by starting with the front and replacing a few windows each year, although if it’s an investment property rather than a permanent home you may not be able to use such a plan. The final determination is if you have older windows which no longer function it’s time to think about hiring a professional window contractor.
New windows can be exciting as they improve the value of your home. When they work right, you’ll find yourself using them more often, saving on cooling costs in the summer and heating bills in the winter. You may have never noticed how bad your windows had become, but when you get new ones that work properly you immediately see a difference.
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