The Dos and Donts of Window Replacements

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to change their windows, including: water leakage, drafty seams, too much condensation (which can cause mould to grow on the interior), lack of outdoor noise control, poor temperature regulation, etc.. While cracks or breaks on the surface of the window are obvious cause for immediate replacement, the listed reasons for changing your windows are gradual issues that you need to keep a cautious eye on.

Many people choose to hire a contractor to come replace their windows. This is certainly a wise idea for large and/or heavy windows that will require precise professional care. However, for your average window, you can easily replace it yourself so long as you exercise extreme control and care. Don’t be naive enough to think you can wing it.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of replacing your windows:

DO replace windows now before the weather becomes too temperamental to allow safe changes. No one wants to freeze their fingers off replacing a window in December.

DON’T think that an issue with one window means the rest need to be replaced. Typically windows can be changed on a case by case basis.

DO make sure you have all the materials required to do the job well from start to finish. Lowes recommends you make sure you have the following tools: new window, hammer, drill, utility knife, caulk and shims.

DON’T purchase a window without carefully measuring the old one. They may look the same size, but every single millimetre counts. This is one measurement you can’t eyeball: get precise numbers or your new window will cause more damage than good.

DO invest in a good window. We always recommend energy efficient windows! They help retain desired air temperatures inside, aid in moisture control and prevent excess outdoor noise from getting inside your home.

DON’T bite off more than you can chew. If you don’t feel comfortable with the process, get an educated friend to help or hire a professional. Chances are it will be more cost efficient and fast in the end if you are not going to be able to complete the window replacement the right way the first time.

DO get educated! Plenty of websites have step-by-step instructions on how to replace a window. There are also youtube tutorials that can give you a better visual. Also, don’t be afraid to visit your local hardware store and ask the sales consultant in the window section. Chances are they know a thing or two.

Best of luck!

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