How to Install Vinyl Windows
October 10, 2010
Do-it-yourself homeowners can save a substantial amount of money installing their own vinyl windows rather than relying on a professional contractor. Vinyl windows eliminate the time and effort to paint after installation, as well as offer a wide choice of styles and energy efficiency ratings.
Here is a quick overview of how to install vinyl windows:
Installing Vinyl Windows in 10 Steps
- Measure the new vinyl window at top and bottom for the width, and at both sides for the height.
- Gently remove the old window, the trim, and the upper and lower stops.
- The new window should fit snugly with a ¼-inch gap on all the sizes to allow for adjustment.
- Install the vinyl window from the outside in. Maneuver it in place until the window's flashing is flush to the window frame.
- Then nail flashing around the outside of the window.
- Once the vinyl window is secure, make sure it is plumb and level. Shim where necessary to bring the window level, and nail or glue the shims into place.
- Secure the window in place using nails or screws. Avoid warping the frame by not over-tightening the screws.
- Pack insulation into the gaps between the window and frame to help prevent any air from escaping from around the vinyl window.
- Open and close the window make sure it works properly.
- Caulk around the exterior gap between the new vinyl window and the window opening.
Installing vinyl windows can quickly add a new look to your home and provide years of enjoyment. By following these steps and the manufacturer's instructions, it should be easy to install new vinyl windows.