In this period of economic difficulty, many people are looking to save money. When it comes to home renovations and repairs, it can be costly to bring in a tradesman. This is why more and more people are turning to DIY and while it is true that there are plenty of tasks that the homeowner can easily tackle themselves, it is also true that there are some tasks that are more difficult and require careful consideration before getting started. One of these is fitting windows.
It is not simply a question of popping one window out and fitting another in its place. There are many things that will need to be right before any actual work takes place. Measuring correctly is essential. Imagine the problems if the old window is removed and the new one does not fit. Measure every part of the window and do it several times to make sure that the measurements are correct. It is important to know everything about windows before making a purchase. This includes all the different names for the various sections, and it is also important to have a good idea of how windows are fitted before getting started.
It is a good idea to make sure that all of the relevant tools for the job are available. This includes items such as a drill, screwdriver, spirit level, fixings, saw and sealant. Check the existing window to ensure that there is a lintel in place. If the window being fitted is made from uPVC then this is not a load-bearing window. Make sure that the area around the window is free from any item that could get in the way. This includes ornaments, blinds and curtains.
Changing the window
There are several steps to removing a window. The opening sections of it should be removed first and then the glass can be taken out. The upright parts of the window can be sawn through, with the cuts made at an angle as this will make it easier to dismantle the frame. A chisel can be used when the cut has been partially made to bring the frame away from the wall so that further cuts do not do any damage to the masonry. This can be done on all sections of the frame and then all of the debris should be removed.
If a new sill is being fitted, this should be done first and then the window can be put into position. The spirit level should be used to make sure that the window is vertical, and then it can be secured. The glass can then be put into place and the window can be sealed between the plaster and the window and between the masonry on the outside and the window.
Dressing the window
Dressing the window is then very easy, and shutters are a popular option. Some stores prefer that the customer installs their own shutters, but there is always professional advice on hand for those who need a little extra help. Shutters are stylish and fashionable and have plenty of benefits, including additional insulation.