STAGE 1: PREPARATION OF NEW WINDOWS
1: It is important to prepare the work area to ensure no accidental damage will be caused.
2. Before you remove the window make sure you've ordered the correct size.
3. After checking the size carefully unwrap the window and be careful not to damage the paintwork. Carefully remove all the packaging.
4. The window is now ready for installation
stage 2: the removal of Old windows
1. Once the area is prepared and all surfaces are protected the sashes need to be removed first
2. For safety reasons this is a two-person job. The Installer inside is responsible for the removal of the hinge and metalwork holding the window in place.
3. The second installer on the outside should hold the window steady throughout removal.
4: Once this ash is free store all components in a safe place to avoid a hazardous work area.
5. Cut down the side of the window to remove the fixed sash
6. Once you have cut down both sides of the window the transom should be easy to remove.
7. Take away all fixed sash fittings to safely remove the bottom sash.
8. Score down the internal finish with an appropriate tool. We use a stanley knife to break the finish away from the frame.
9. Ensure all material removed is contained on the protected flooring.
10: To prepare the opening remove the remaining elements of the frame with a suitable tool. We use a chisel.
11. Make sure you wear the appropriate protective equipment for the work undertaken
12. Take care to identify the positions and types of fixing used to install the original window, you may need to detach these before removing the frame splitting the frame from the opening is the best way to remove it and helps avoid any unnecessary damage.
13. Removing the fixtures which are sometimes hiding halfway in the frame will ensure the new window doesn't get damaged.
14. When removing the sill try and do it with as little damage as possible.
15. If you're struggling to remove the frame try scouring down the plaster work for a second time to ensure no damage is made to the brickwork internally gently remove the rest of the frame be careful when handling the head of the frame as this may now be loose.
16. Conceal or remove the existing fixing straps so they do not obscure the opening
17. Check the damp proof membrane is in good condition andis still in place
18. Replace DPM if required make sure the opening is completely clean before putting the new window in place.
19. Also check the lintel is still in place to support the brickwork
20. Temporarily place the window in the opening to ensure it fits. Use packers is necessary to ensure the window is square and plumb in the opening
21. Make sure the window fits and is level.
22. If installing a window with an opening sash always make sure it opens before fully installing
23. Using the correct fittings fix the window in place either by drilling through the frame and into the brickwork or using fixing straps internally
24. Check the frame is square level and plumb and operate correctly.
25. Once the window is in place the opening needs to be made watertight and damp proof.
26. Slowly and smoothly run silicon or other suitable external sealant down the sides of the frame.
27. Finish the interior junction between the existing finish and the new frame with your chosen method such as silicon sealant.