Broken windows will shatter the exterior of any home, both literally and figuratively. Whether it's a wild throw by one of the neighborhood kids or the freezing of water inside a tiny crack, glass windows can break due to any number of causes.
In the unfortunate event of the breaking of a window, many homeowners will immediately grab the phone book and find the number for window installers and replacement specialists. However, replacing a window is actually a manageable task that can be completed by anyone with the right tools and the ability to follow detailed instructions.
The following is a step-by-step guide on how to install a new window:
· Start by taking the screen out from the window frame.
· Then, from the outside of the house, take out the screws that hold the window in place. If the screws are covered with paint, use a screw retractor tool to remove them from the exterior of the home. Otherwise, a regular screwdriver will do the trick.
· After removing all the screws (there will be anywhere from four to ten screws depending on the size of the frame), you will probably get the frame to remove it from the structure.
· Return to the inside of the house and use a utility knife to cut a strip between the caulking and the molding. (The molding that connotes a window frame to the rest of the house is known as the sash stop.) The sash stop is usually located just outside of where the frame rested. Next, use a tool with a narrow head to pry the sash stop out from the wall.
· Once all four of the sash stops have been removed (top, bottom, and both sides), measure the width and length of the opening. These dimensions should be your guide when buying a new window and will guarantee that the replacement frame will fit perfectly into the opening.
· Attach a weather proofing tape to the outside of the trimming. Then, apply a silicone sealant atop the tape.
· Take the new window and carefully place it into the opening. Once the window is in place, drill the screws into the holes that are already in place from the former window.
· Specialized foam that can be purchased at any hardware store should then be used to fill any gaps between the window and the trim.
· Reinstall the sash stops that were removed prior to taking out the original window.
· Lastly, place a watertight strip between the new frame and the exterior of the home to keep out the elements.
This guide will allow even the most amateur handyman replace a broken window. However, homeowners should never hesitate to contact professional window installers if they have any questions or concerns regarding the installation of a new window.