Replacement windows can be a great investment to improve the energy efficiency of your home. They can easily be installed inside existing window casings to minimize repairs. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done when replacing windows, and you may want to consider improvements to windows and doors that are not being replaced. Here are some tips to help you prepare for replacement windows and improvements to your home.
1. Remove Trim To Get Ready For Replacements
Before you have the windows in your home replaced, the casing may need to have repairs done. If you want to make the job easier, you can remove interior trim and set it out of the way. This will make it easier to do repairs or adjust window casings when the replacements are being installed.
2. Add Insulation Between Existing Window Casings
While you have the trim removed from windows, you can add insulation between the casing and wood framing. This can help to stop any drafts that come in through the cracks. When doing this, use a batten insulation and cut it into small strips. You can use a ruler to pack it in between the casing and opening.
3. Films And Window Treatments Where Old Windows Stay
Replacement windows are meant to fit in standard size openings with casing in good condition. There may be some windows in your home where replacements cannot be used. For these windows, you may want to consider things like window film to improve energy performance. You can also use window treatments to help improve these windows. Shades can also be a great way to add insulation. There are even thermal shades that fit tightly in openings to provide you with better insulation.
4. Painting Window Casings After Installation Has Been Completed
When all the windows in your home have been replaced, the casing is usually just like it was. This means that it is time to paint the wood casing. You will want to remove the caulking around windows and caulk them again. Once the caulking is finished, you can paint the casing to help protect it from the elements.
These are some tips to help make the installation of replacement windows go smoothly. If you are ready to have windows in your home replaced and want to improve where installation cannot be done, contact a window treatment service and talk with them about window shades options.