Good windows increase your home’s value, your comfort, and your energy efficiency.
Unless you have the proper skill-set and tools, DIY window installs could lose you money. If a window install is done incorrectly, or without the proper knowledge/tools, your energy savings could be negated (maybe even canceled out). Which would mean you’re not making money off your investment.
Our take: When it comes to installing and repairing windows, that’s an investment you may want to hire a professional to take care of for you. Afterall, not all homeowners have spent their career in carpentry and home repair.
Decided on DIY? Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind.
Common Installation Terms
Opening Preparation: The openings should be sized according to the windows size and with enough room for the flashing, fasteners, and other window materials as well as for insulating, shimming, and squaring
Flashing: Essentially this is about your drainage system. Windows should be flashed to connect the window into the draining system.
Fastening: Referring to the materials the window is fastened to. The type of fastening and installation all depends on the window type, building materials, anchoring, and embedment depth.
Shimming: Windows are shimmed into the opening to be level or plumb.
Sealing: Seal the window with the drainage plane. Sealant will prevent water and air from leaking in.
House Wrap: Also known as water resistive barrier, your windows must be integrated with it before or after the installation.
Make sure you have enough time for the project. Window replacement for a full-frame window takes between 4-6 hours on the ground level. More for upper-floor windows.
You may want to spread the project out over a couple weekends to give yourself room for researching and installing.
Tools and knowing how to use them are a big part of the job. Good news if you have this skill set!
- Power drill
- Pry bar
- Caulk gun
- Utility knife
- Waterproof shims
- Measuring tape
- Safety glasses
Research helps a lot. Most likely you’re already looking up some YouTube tutorials. Here are a few helpful links to get you started.
- Andersen Windows Installation Instructions
- Andersen Windows Installation Videos
- Home Depot Window Installation Guide
Usually a window pro would take care of disposal, so make sure to handle this part with appropriate care. There are regulations you can look up to help you follow code.
Of course, if you need help at any point, Home Professionals can get you connected with the best pros in your area and fast. Get your free, no-commitment quote on windows and window pros today.