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How to Remove Windows from Your Home

7/5/2016 10:30:11 AM

If you’re looking at installing new windows in your home, the first step is obviously to remove the old ones. You must complete this step with care to prevent damaging the opening and making window installation more difficult. Follow these step-by-step instructions to remove windows from your home. In all large window projects, we recommend consulting a professional to get the job done to ensure that your home's value only increases with the investments and improvements you make. 

DIY Window Removal

  1. Score around the window: Score the edge of the interior window casing with a utility knife. Place a chisel along the score mark and gently hammer it to separate the casing from the reveal board.
  2. Pry up the siding: Starting at the bottom of the window, pry up the siding so you can access the nails holding the window in place. Take your time working around the window, being careful not to damage the siding along the way. Some pieces may be quite long, and it may seem like a lot of siding to remove just to access the window nails, but any pieces you remove will be reinstalled later. You’ll save a lot of time and money if you don’t have to cut any new siding.
  3. Prepare the window for removal: Protect the glass during this step by covering it with contact tape or heavy masking tape. Strip away the caulk from around the window. Then pry out the nails that keep the window in position with a special tool called a cat’s paw. Alternately, you can cut through the nails with a mini-hacksaw or reciprocating saw. Be careful not to damage the home’s sheathing during this process.
  4. Remove the window: Get someone’s help lifting the window out all in one piece. If you have a double-hung window, you may need to remove the bottom sash first. Older windows may also require you to remove them in pieces.
  5. Measure the rough opening: For a successful window replacement, the rough opening should be plumb, level and square. To determine this, measure all sides of the window: top to bottom, side to side, and corner to corner in both directions. With these measurements in hand, you’re ready to order a replacement window.
  6. Cover the opening: If you don’t already have replacement windows ready to go, you should cover the rough opening with plywood. Make sure you hammer nails in far enough away from the opening that you don’t put new holes in the sheathing where the replacement window’s flashing will go.

Professional Window Removal and Installation

If you feel overwhelmed by these steps, or you simply don’t have time to remove windows from your home, a professional can always do the job for you. This is a much more convenient option, since the pros can remove and install your windows all at once to prevent leaving your home exposed to the elements for a prolonged period.

Weather Shield dealers hire technicians with years of window removal experience to ensure a job well done. For more window removal tips, or to hire a company to tackle the job for you, please contact Weather Shield directly or find a dealer near you.

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