If you want to give your home a new look, installing new windows and doors can be a great investment. This may be something you want to do if you are doing other things like new siding. Sometimes, installing new custom windows may be an alternative to using replacement windows if the casings have extensive damage. Here are some tasks and repairs you will need to do to prepare for new custom windows:
1. Removing Interior Trim To Reuse And Cut Costs
When you buy new windows, usually, they do not have the interior trim with them. This means that if you have to replace the trim it can be an additional cost. To save a little money, you can carefully remove the interior trim to reuse it. This can be done with a flat bar, carefully removing each piece of trim one at a time. Scribe the paint around the edges to get it loose. If nails are not coming loose, use a nail-punch to drive them through the wood and remove the trim.
2. Repairing Any Damage To Window Seals Before Installing Windows
When the window seals are exposed, there may be some damage that needs to be repaired. It is a good idea to repair any wood framing when the old windows are out of the opening. This can be done using 2" lumber, which can be 2x4 or 2x6 depending on the type of framing in your home. You will want to remove the interior drywall and replace these boards. To remove the drywall, cut both sides with a utility knife and pry it loose. If it does not come loose, try cutting it into smaller manageable pieces. If you do not break it, you will be able to reuse it.
3. Adding New Moisture Barriers Around Window Openings
Once you have done any repairs to windows, you will also want to add a moisture barrier to the windows. Many window companies sell a special rubber tape that can be used to seal the framing around the window opening. You may also want to add a strip of roofing felt around the window to add more moisture protection.
4. Preparing The Exterior For The Installation Of New Windows
When it comes time to install the new windows, the exterior may also need to be repaired. This can involve removing things like siding or trim materials if they will be in the way of new windows. You will also want to check to make sure all the openings are square, and make adjustments before installing the new windows.
These are some of the things that you will need to do when installing new windows in your home. If you are ready to have your windows installed, contact a professional window installation service, like Morgan Exteriors Inc, to get the right windows for your home.