If you are thinking about installing replacement windows in your home, there is going to be some work to do to prepare for the installation. There is also some maintenance and upkeep that needs to be done to the window before and after you have replacements installed in your home. Here are some maintenance tips to help you prepare and care for your new replacement windows:
1. Repairing Window Casings and Inspecting Openings for Damage
When you get ready to start preparing for the installation of new windows, you will want to inspect the openings and casing for signs of damage. If the damage is minor, it should be repaired before installing the replacement insert windows. When window openings have severe damage, it may be easier to completely remove the existing window and casing and install a new unit.
2. Measuring Openings and Leveling Them for The Installation of Two Windows
It is common for wood trim or casing around windows to have minor water damage or rot. You want to replace any damaged materials to ensure there are no problems when the new windows are installed. In addition, you will want to measure the openings to ensure they match the dimensions of the replacement windows that you are going to be using. Once you have done repairs, you will also want to check to make sure the openings are square and level to make the installation of new windows easier.
3. Sanding, Priming and Painting Casing for The Installation of New Windows
Once you have the casing in openings cleaned, repaired and level, you will be ready to start sanding old trim and priming the casing. Start by cleaning up the old paint and sanding to create a smooth surface for new paint. Apply a coat of primer before painting the casing, so you will only need to touch up the paint and do a little caulking once the new windows have been installed in their openings.
4. Painting, Caulking and Regular Upkeep After New Replacement Windows Have Been Installed
After your windows have been installed, you are going to be ready to paint any blemishes and areas around the new windows. Once you have finished painting the existing casing, you will want to caulk around the cracks between the new frame and existing casing materials. This is a task that should be done occasionally to prevent wear, as part of routine maintenance. Between paintings, you will want to keep the window clean to prevent damage and rot of any wood trim in the opening.
These are some tips to help with the preparation and care of replacement windows. If you need help with window improvements and preparing for replacement windows, contact an installation service, like The Screen Shop, and talk to them about the different needs of your home.