Besides their obvious purpose, windows have the ability to add visual character to your house, creating elegant pauses to its otherwise monotonous exterior. The right windows will brighten up your home, give you a great view, keep you warm during the cold winter, and cool during the summer months.
However, when windows are not installed properly, they can unintentionally funneling water, causing rot, even in new structures. The window itself has to be installed properly; you can’t just rely on the housewrap and trim to stop it from collecting water. When you’re installing windows in Ponoka, you need to make sure the job is done right.
Tools you’ll Need for the Job
You don’t need to raid Home Depot for the right tools, the basics are more than enough. You will need:
· A hammer (preferably a 20-ounce type)
· 2ft and 4ft levels
· Measuring tape
· Utility knife
· Caulk gun
· Drill (optional)
· 1 5/8-inch screws (optional)
A good rule to follow when installing windows in Ponoka, is to seal the opening’s perimeter with sheets of stick waterproof membrane, metal flashing strips, and sensible amounts of caulk, creating a three-layer system that effectively keeps water out when it rains.
And if you want to be extra safe, you can seal the gap between the frame and window with foam insulation—just be sure to do this when the window has had time to set and the adhesive has sealed itself.
Inspect the Opening
Take a measuring tape and measure the width of the wall cutout at the bottom, middle, and top, as well as the height in the middle and on both sides.
If you find a measurement difference of more than 1 inch between the 3 width and 3 height measurements of the opening, you can take tapered filler strips and attach them to the sides (using nails) that are uneven.
You want to ensure that the window’s exterior dimensions are ½-inch shorter and ¾-inch narrower than the dimensions of the opening. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to reframe the opening or get a new window altogether.
Before installing the window into the wall opening, be sure to fold out the unit’s nailing fins, taking care to position them at a 90-degree angle to the window frame’s sides. Ease the window sill into the bottom portion of the opening, tipping the frame into the opening until you get all thenailing fins fitted tightly against the wall.
Depending on the size of your window, you might need a helper to tell you whether the gaps between the window’s sides and the jack studs are level on both sides.
Use a Level
Take your 2-foot level and place it on the windowsill, taking note of its high side. Take your 4-foot level and hold it against the window jam on that side, and try shifting the sill left or right until such a time that the level shows it is perfectly level. Take a nail and tack it into the fin of the window’s lower corner on the same side as the first nail.
Proceed to use your 2-foot level on the sill, adjusting the free bottom corner until you see the sill is level. Next, tack the fin in this corner to the wall.
Check the Window’s Squareness
Proceed to checking the window’s squareness by diagonally measuring the frame from one corner to the other—it should be within 1/16 of an inch. Otherwise, check the frame to make sure the sides are firmly in place and the sill is level. It’s possible that you may need to remove thetemporary nails and adjust the frame once more.
Once the frame is square and sill is level, drive down the nails at each corner. Once the windowsill to be level, and the corner-to-corner diagonal measurements are even, your window is ready to use—congratulations.
This will take some time to get right, and if you have to make some corrections don’t get frustrated. The extra time you put into installing the window is well worth it to have a secure, rot and draft free home.