Tips and Tricks for Your Wood Window Installation
December 08, 2010
Installing replacement windows can be a big job for anyone. Wood window installation might take a bit more time and effort than installation of vinyl or even aluminum windows, but the beauty and versatility of wood can make the more difficult installation worth your time.
Wood Window Installation Tips
When you bring those wood replacement windows home, you are embarking on a big project that can have an even bigger payoff at the end! Here are a few tips to help you install those replacement windows:
- Measure, then again, and then again! Measure everything about the space for your window, including the width at the top, bottom, and middle. Using a carpenter's square, make certain the space for your window is nice and even. If it isn't, mark where you might run into problems, and remember that you can use shims to create a tighter fit when the installation is almost complete.
- Paint the windows before the installation. If your windows are not finished, stain or paint them before installation. It is much easier to paint windows in a garage or other area with a great deal of room than it is to paint them after they are installed in the wall.
- Gently remove the molding around the opening. You can use this molding again after you install the new window, so be very gentle with it. Use a small pry bar to pull them from the wall, and carefully remove any nails with a suitable pair of pliers.
- Stay safe. Always have someone working with you on the wood window installation. An extra set of hands can help prevent accidents! Finally, don't forget that the windows you are removing might be covered in lead paint, so be prepared to take appropriate precautions.