There are different kinds of windows, as you may already know. There is a glass window, a vinyl window, a wood window, and even a metal window. Most people see the window as just one whole unit. However, there is a window frame that holds the windows in place. These frames can be made of wood, aluminum, steel or vinyl.
It is given that when the frame is made of wood, it will be susceptible to damage caused by termites and other natural conditions. With this, a repair will be necessary. It goes the same with frames made of other materials. Moreover, just in case a window repair will not do the trick, then an installation of a new one is needed.
Window replacement is actually not hard to do. Usually, you will not need the help of professionals to replace it. This is one task that you can actually do yourself. It just requires following the basic steps:
1. Get your tools ready. Before you even attempt to make a window frame installation, you better set all your tools first. Some of the needed tools can be found just inside your home. The tools should include:
- Miter saw
- Nail gun or hammer
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Screw driver
- Caulk Filler
You may borrow some from your neighbors if you don't have them or you can find these from hardware shops as well. The tools that you need will depend on the type of window you are installing the frame to. Of course, you need a different set with a glass window as opposed to having an aluminum or vinyl window.
2. Start with the repair or the installation. The installation of the window frames is done by installing three other parts such as the extension jambs, window stool and casing trim.
- Extension jambs - In installing these pieces, the first thing to be done is the top followed by the sides. If you do not want to have a windowsill, then you may skip the installation at the bottom of the window.
- Window stool - After measuring the width of the window and cutting the stool in the right size, you are now ready to affix it to the jambs. When cut properly, it could be easily slid into the extension jobs. Nails are necessary to install each piece.
- Casing the trim. This part is almost on the finishing touches. Measure the casing trim and install it on all the sides of the window frame. You may sink in nails at both ends of the trim. The final touch includes ensuring that all the nails are sunk properly on the material.
These are some basic steps you need to follow to replace the window frames. For more accurate results, most of the dealers of window frames, especially do-it-yourself window frames, come with instructions that are very helpful. Knowing this, you can already play like a carpenter with your windows.