Glass installation in Laramie is no easy business, but at the same time, it also probably isn’t as hard as you might think. If you have never replaced home windows before, then your only real disadvantage is inexperience—indeed paying the pros is all about having experts do the job for you in case a problem arises and to ensure the job is done in a timely fashion.
Just because you don’t have experience, however, doesn’t mean you can’t give it a try sometime. Perhaps you are a do-it-yourselfer around the house and in the garage, but you have just never given windows a try? Well, if this is the case, then here is a quick step-by-step guide to glass installation in Laramie—so that you can try it for yourself or truly understand what the professionals are doing when you hire them:
Starting with the obvious
If you have gotten this far, then you have probably already passed step number one—the most important—which is deciding to replace your old windows. This couldn’t be more important; your new windows will look great, function easily, increase home value and save you money on your energy bills. With all these great advantages you are probably wondering why you didn’t do it earlier!
Picking the materials and hiring the pros
The next step, which you maybe have already gotten to, is making up your mind about just a few details. Namely, are you doing it yourself, using a contractor to do the entire job or something in between the two? This choice is up to you: there are obviously pros and cons to each, but if you are looking at a step by step guide to glass installation in Laramie, then you probably are at least considering doing some of the work yourself.
Another decision you will make, or have already made, is what type of new windows you will choose. There are many makes and models out there, in a wide range of prices and hopefully you have purchased some new windows with confidence in your choice.
Now, onto the glass installation! There are multiple steps involved and depending on all sorts of details about your specific project, this guide might miss something in particular. For this reason, make sure you have a good grasp of what you are doing before starting the project.
Start by taking measurements so you know exactly what to buy. Then the fun part: start removing the various components around the window, such as the sash and jamb liners. Then, take out the actual window and the sash weights.
Once everything is completely removed, you can begin to prep the area for insulation and the new window. Prepping may be as simple as cleaning, or more complex like sanding and small modifications. After prepping the window frame area, caulk any openings and use spray foam or some other alternative form of insulation.
Next, install the window, shim and caulk around it. At this point, it is a good idea to check everything over, ensure the window operates smoothly and finally, paint the area around it. It all sounds like a lot but after a few windows, the work will go a lot smoother. If you just can’t get the hang of it or aren’t confident in your own ability to do a perfect job, consider calling a professional for your window replacement needs.