As a relatively handy, do it yourself type, you might be pondering something if your windows are in need of an update: namely, is this a job which you need to hire a Tennessee contractor for, or is this something that you can tackle yourself?
The answer to that question is that it depends. If you’re comfortable with tools and have the patience needed to take on a fairly serious (if not incredibly complex) DIY project around the home, it’s possible that you could install vinyl replacement windows yourself. If you’re curious about how it’s done, keep reading for a short guide which explains the procedure. By the time you read through these directions, you should have a pretty good idea of whether you’re up to the challenge or if you’re better off calling a Tennesse contractor to put in your new vinyl replacement windows for you.
Before you get started, you’re going to need a few basic tools (you probably have most, if not all of these on hand already). You’ll need a pry bar, an electric (preferably cordless) drill, a hammer, safety goggles and of course, in a tape measure.
If you’re replacing vinyl windows with new vinyl replacement windows, then keep in mind that you can reuse the inside stops as long as you don’t damage them while removing them from the window. Remove the inside stops and set them aside until you’re ready to replace them.
Remove the bottom sash and remove the parting stops. Parting stops (also called parting beads and parting strips, depending on who you ask) aren’t reusable, since they tend to be fragile. Don’t worry about breaking these while you remove them, you’ll want to replace them in any case.
Next, you’ll need to remove the top sash of the window, along with the sash springs and liners. If you’re replacing a sliding window, however, this step may differ depending on the design of your windows. After this, you’ll have to remove the pulleys for the sash cord – you should fill the window’s weight pockets with fiberglass insulation if they’re not already as long as you have the window disassembled.
If you haven’t given up on installing your own vinyl replacement windows yet and called a local Tennessee contractor, then you’re ready to put the new window into place and tighten the screws to secure it in the window place. Once you’ve done this, all that’s left is to install the vinyl trim and replace the outside stops – you did save those, right?.
Unless you’re a diehard DIY type, installing replacement windows may strike you as a bit of a challenge and to be perfectly honest, it can be. For most homeowners, a much better option is to hire a professional, reputable Tennessee contractor who is experienced in the installation of vinyl replacement windows to get the job done – and just as importantly, to ensure that it’s done right the first time.