No matter how well-designed your home may be, there will come a time where it will require some major upgrades. This is not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for improved functionality.
If you think your windows need replacement, here are some tips from Joinery For All Seasons:
1. Check for structural soundness.
Before you start taking apart your old window and installing the new one, check whether the window frame is still structurally sound and free from water damage. This is particularly important if you live in an area that receives a considerable amount of rainfall and snow.
2. Get the measurements.
Once you are sure that replacing the windows is possible, get the measurements, including the width of the jambs and the distance between the corners. Now, to do this correctly, familiarise yourself with the different parts of your window. Some of the terms that you need to understand include interior stop, parting stop, blind stop, and bottom and top sash.
3. Choose between replacement inserts or sash kits.
Between the two, it can be quite challenging to get your hands on replacement inserts, whether you are looking for hardwood windows or vinyl ones. This is because, in most cases, inserts are available only to contractors. There is also a significant difference in the quality of the two. No matter what your choice is, however, check if all of the parts are working smoothly. Consider the overall look of your window and see if the kit or insert you would be buying fits the look that you want to achieve.
Once you have chosen the right replacement for your need, roll up your sleeves and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to have it installed. There are also a number of online sites that could provide you with steps on how things should be done.