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DIY Tips for Installing a Bay Window

DIY Tips for Installing a Bay Window

Adding a bay window to your home will up the value of your home. These windows are beautiful to look at, they bring much needed light into the home, so they lower the amount of electric lights you have to run in the room they are in. The trick is to install them yourself and save all of the money you would pay a professional handyman to do the job.

The first step is for you to select the area in the home where the window will be placed. If there are any electrical plugs directly where the window will be placed, then you should look for another location, or you will have to do some electrical re-routing. If you can place the window where an existing window is already located you will save yourself a lot of carpentry work, and possible problems.

You should shop for your window and bring it home so that you can get the exact measurements you need for installation purposes. Read the manufacturer’s suggested instructions because the warranty on the window will be connected to the method of installation. Get the measurements of the window and mark the exterior of the house using these measurements. Draw an outline on the exterior of the house showing exactly where the window will be so that you will be able to make accurate cuts. Then cut the outline out using a circular saw with a sharp blade.

You need a stable surface that is completely level in order for the window to function properly, and look its best. You will need to install support frames to the opening you have made so that you create this level surface.

You will need someone to help you lift the window into the opening. You will also need to have thin pieces of boards handy that you can use to shim the window out with. Some places will need a shim added so that the window is perfectly level. Take your time and apply shims wherever they are needed.

You should have some small strips of insulation cut and ready to place around the frame of the window as you are putting it in place. Start with a piece of insulation on the bottom section when you set the window in and use a putty knife to insert insulation up the sides of the window as you slide it into place. This insulation will reduce drafts of air that might sneak in around the new window.

Nail the window roof frame securely to the house and place some insulation between the roof and the top of the window. Use roof sheeting and then shingles to create a water proof roof over the top of the window.

You will use silicone caulk to seal around the outer edges of the window on the exterior portion of the house. Be certain that you buy paintable caulk and silicone so that it resists mildewing.

Trim the inside of the home around the window using standard window trim boards.

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