Bow Window Replacement

Posted On: July 8, 2014

Your decision to get replacement windows can, and probably will, change the entire look of your home. Once you decide to upgrade the efficiency of your home, rental units, or other property, you can find contractors to install any window replacement in Columbus, Ohio and all of central Ohio, including Springfield, Zanesville, Mansfield, and Chillicothe. If you are you thinking about replacement windows for your house, but worried about excessive expense, then you may be able to do some of the work yourself.


Organize All Tools and Materials

After an unusually high estimate for bow window replacement, many homeowners do it by themselves. This is in spite of the fact that unless you’re a trained professional, it can be dangerous and result in the need for costly repairs. The process of installing replacement windows is not particularly hard, but it is highly recommended that you pay close attention to the instructions for window replacement. First, arrange all tools and materials that requires.

Measure Existing Bow Window

Measure both width and height of the window, from the inside of the house. You have to measure width from the inside of one jamb to the inside of the opposite jamb. Because windows can warp and skew over the years, measure at bottom, middle and top. Measure height as well as width. Measure left, middle, right and use the smallest measurement.

Remove Stops and Sash

Using your tools, remove the stops carefully. You don’t want to damage the surrounding materials. You can use tools such as a utility knife or pry bar and shims to remove stops. Don’t destroy the stops. Set them aside for later use.

Remove the inside sash and the outside sash but do not remove the outside stops. Clean and prepare inside faces of window jamb and sill to accept the new replacement windows.

Preparing Window Unit

Before doing any caulking or any non-reversible procedures, set the new bow window in the existing window opening and get a feel for how it will fit. Caulk along the inside of the outside stops on the jambs. Mark the sill for the sill angle. Caulk and install the sill angle.

Installing Replacement Windows

Put the window in the opening. Check all four corners of the window to ensure it is square. Tap in shims where needed to square out the window. Screw at the top and bottom of each side jamb. Do not over-tighten the screws. Move the header up until it closes any gaps between replacement windows and bow window replacement frame and use the screws to fix the header in place.


(Image and excerpt from “Replacement Windows”)


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