Windows are a very important thing to have in your home. It lets in natural light into your home and also helps with the air circulation and also allows you to have a view of the outside. But when a window is not installed properly, problems like water intrusion rot around the wood, and cracks will be encountered. Now window installation can be a challenge, and not everyone knows how to properly install a window. Because of that, we will share to you this guide on how you can properly install a window in your home so that you won’t encounter any problems brought about by improper installation.
1.) So the first thing you need to do is to familiarize yourself with the window that you are going to be installing. Examine it and make sure that all the parts are complete. Learn the purpose each part serves for a smooth process.
2.) Next you should examine the rough opening that you have created for the window. Take note of the measurements of the opening and make sure it will fit properly and snug during window installation with the waterproof membrane already placed.
3.) Now it is time to put up the waterproof membrane which serves to protect from water getting in and badly affecting the wood. Now the membrane should be longer than the width of the opening itself. It is also important to note that the edge of the membrane won’t stick out.
4.) After the membrane is put, it is time for the actual window installation. So make sure that the nailing fins of the window are perpendicular to the side of the frame. Make sure that the sill is placed properly on the bottom side of the rough opening.
5.) Once you are able to set the window into the opening, it is important that you do some leveling work to make sure that nothing is slanting or out of orientation. I would recommend making use of a level and as you are leveling, put in some temporary nails.
6.) After leveling and temporary nailing, you should check for the square of the window. Check the frames, the sides and the sill if they are properly square. Now if it isn’t you will have to repeat the fifth step and remove the nails.
7.) When you have made sure that the window square and level, it is time to do some sealing around the perimeter of the window. To seal, make use of the same waterproof membrane and attach to the openings of the frame.
8.) Now if you are provided with snap in metal, you should attach this to the top of the frame of the window. To attach it, make use of a tiny amount of caulk and press the flashing on top. You can make your own flashing if ever it isn’t provided.
9.) Now it is time to do some insulating work. Look for the gaps in the frame of the window and put a very tiny amount of polyurethane foam there until it expands to fill the gaps.