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Installing Garden Windows Yourself

Installing garden windows is a surprisingly simple upgrade that anyone with a little bit of time and patience can easily accomplish. This article will summarize the steps you need to take and also compare the advantages of doing this project yourself as opposed to hiring a contractor to install the window.

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Steps to installing a replacement garden window

The first step, as with any window, is to measure your existing window. Tips on how to measure for replacement windows are available on many different home improvement websites. You also need to determine how far the window should protrude from the house, as there as several options available.

After you have determined the size you need and have ordered one as close to the size as possible, remove the old window by taking off the trim, cutting through the old sealant, and caulking on the outside of the window. On the inside, first remove the trim, then pull out any old insulation around the window. After removing the screws attaching the frame to the house, push outward on the old window. Make sure you have someone to catch it on the outside.

The next step is to make sure the rough opening is square. Measure the opening using a carpenter's square and a level. Once you have done that and sealed around the edges of the opening, place the window in the hole. If the window is too small, make it level with the top of the opening and use wood blocks to make it fit flush in the opening.

Finish installing the window by sealing along the outside with caulk, adding new insulation around the inside frame and replacing the trim around the window.

Advantages of installing garden windows yourself

The biggest advantage of installing a garden window yourself is the savings. The cost of hiring a contractor to remove the old and install the new can be anywhere from $700 to $1000 or more, depending on the size and difficulty of the job. This does not include the initial cost of the window; any finishing work is usually done at an additional cost. If you do this project yourself, you could possibly save up to 40%, but you have to have the skill to do it well, or the cost of having someone come out and fix it may be much higher than having it installed professionally from the beginning.

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