How to Replace Casement Windows in Your Home
We have previously discussed casement windows, and now it’s time to explain how you can replace them in your home on your own.
These stunning windows look great on almost any type of home. They are easily recognizable by the cranks used to open and close them.
Even though they look better than many other windows, their replacement is similar to that of all other windows. Let’s take a look at what you need and how to do the replacement.
The Things You Need
First of all, you need the necessary skills. Depending on the type of casement windows you will be using, different levels of abilities may be required.
- For full-frame replacement windows, you will need a more advanced skillset because the process is moderately complex. We advise you to hire a professional if you have no experience with window replacement.
- For insert replacement windows, you don’t need advanced skills, as these are relatively simple to install.
Besides the right skills, you need to have the right tools. The right tools depend on each specific project, but in general, you will need:
- Safety glasses
- Waterproof shims
- Caulk gun
- Gasket sealing tape
- A level
- Power drill or a power driver
- Putty knife and a utility knife
- A small pry bar
The first step in this process is the measurement. You need to measure the interior of the glass to determine what size of casement window to order.
When you get your new window, you first need to remove the old one. Then thoroughly clean the area before you move on with the process of installing the new one.
The next step is to check the opening and measure it to make sure that the new casement window will fit. When you’re done, it would also be good to make sure the opening is level. If not, then use shims to bring the height up in the areas where it’s necessary.
When that’s done, you need to apply the gasket sealing tape around the frame of the window. This is an essential part because the sealing tape ensures that no water seeps into the walls.
Now it’s time to place the actual window. Start with the base and rock the top into its place. Then quickly nail the top to keep the window in place and nail down the rest of the window. Once the window is fixed, you need to seal it with another layer of sealing tape. This time, it ensures the water doesn’t get into the frame of the window.
When all of that is done, you’re left with the most complicated part – replacing the finish where necessary.
When you’re done with these finishing touches, the whole process is complete.
Replacing casement windows, it does require some skills, and it’s easy to make mistakes in any of these steps. If you need more help, or if you’re looking for high-quality windows, schedule a no-obligation free in-home estimate with 1-800-HANSONS, and we’ll be happy to assist you.