Replacing windows in your home is not something you should have to deal with frequently, but there may come a time when you want to get new windows or need to replace a broken window. Believe it or not, replacing a window isn't as hard as it probably sounds. It is something you can do on your own with some DIY experience, or you can pay a professional to handle the job for you. Before you do anything, there are some things to know about window replacement.
Window Replacement Doesn't Involve the Frame
The term "window replacement" can be an intimidating one because it is often confused with replacing the entire window. However, if you have damage to your windows and need to replace them, you are not pulling the frame as well. This would require a lot more work and is usually not necessary. In most cases, you are only replacing the window glass and some of the moving parts but keeping the frame intact.
Some Windows Can be Repaired
There are also times when you don't even need to do a full window replacement. For example, if you have noticed that inside your home is hotter or colder than usual, this is probably due to the seal on one of the panes of glass being damaged. This does not mean the entire window has to be replaced. Instead of removing all the glass, you can just remove one of the panes of glass with a new one that has a proper seal. Additionally, cracks in the glass can sometimes be repaired. You should consult a professional before attempting to replace all of the window glass and components.
Windows Can be Enlarged
While not all window replacements involve the frame, you will need to remove part of it if you want to make your windows bigger. Making a window bigger doesn't require quite as much work as you probably imagine. Depending on how much bigger you want the window, you might be able to keep the same header and sill, which is the top and bottom section of the window, and then install new studs on the sides of the window. You do still need to remove some wallboard and build a new window frame, but it's not as if you are removing and replacing the entire thing.
If you don't have much DIY experience, leave window replacements to a professional, like Gulf Coast Builders Inc. It will help to avoid any mistakes and prevent injuries as a result of working with window glass.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.