Four Repairs You May Need Done Before Installing New Windows In Your Home

If you have decided to invest in new windows for your home, there is a lot of work to be done before they can be installed. In an ideal installation, removing old windows and installing new ones will be an easy job. Unfortunately, there are often many problems that need to be addressed when old windows are removed. You may need to do things such as repairing wood framing, add insulation or install a moisture barrier. If you have siding, you may even need to remove it to make room for new windows. If you are going to have new windows installed in your home, here are some things that you may expect to encounter:

1. Removing And Storing Old Parts That Will Be Reused

Old parts of windows can often be reused when installing new windows. This can be things like the wood trim around windows, screens and other features. You will want to carefully remove these materials to be able to reuse them. Trim can be removed using a flat bar that you can get from any hardware store. To remove trim, you may want to scribe around the edges with a knife so it will pop loose easily. This will break the seal of any paint or caulking as well as prevent it from cracking or breaking when you pry on it.  Also, start at one end, working it loose and slowly move around the window.

2. Fixing Casing For Replacement Windows To Be Installed

Casings in window openings will not need to be removed when you are getting replacements. They may still have damage that needs to be repaired. To repair the casing, use a sander to get any loose paint off. If you find damaged wood, use putty to fill in the damage. For large damage, you can use an epoxy wood filler. Once the wood is repaired, sand the casing again and paint it with a coat of wood primer.

3. Repairing Damaged Window Opening Framing

Where new windows are going to be installed in your home, there may be damage with the window framing. If replacement windows are used, this damage will not be exposed, and therefore, cannot be repaired. When an old window is removed, you may find this damage and need to repair it. This is often the seal-plate at the bottom of the window, which is where water and insects usually get in. You will want to replace any damaged boards here. If it is all the framing, you can cut the drywall loose inside your home to replace it. To do this, you will want to scribe a line on both sides of the window. Do this several times until you feel the knife has resistance when it is pressed against the wood. Use a flat bar to pry the drywall loose.

4. Improving Insulation And Moisture Barriers For New Windows

Your windows may also need improvements to the insulation and moisture. This can be done first by adding a moisture barrier around the window and sealing the opening. Once new windows are installed, batten insulation can be inserted between the window casing and framing of the opening. To do this where replacement windows are used, you will need to remove the interior trim and use a stick or flat bar to pack the insulation in the crack.  If there is no moisture barrier, you can cut small strips of asphalt felt paper to slide between the window before you install the insulation.

Installing new windows in your home can be very rewarding, but you can also expect to uncover damage that needs repair. If you are planning on installing windows in your home, contact a window replacement contractor to get help with these repairs and other improvements you may want to do to your windows. To learn more about windows, speak with a business like L. M. Martin Inc.