In order to correctly install Viwinco replacement windows, the existing window needs to be removed and the rough opening needs to be properly prepared.
Unlike glass bottles, window glass is not recyclable and will not be accepted by your residential recycling program. One way to dispose of old window glass is to pay for a sanitation or window removal/replacement company to dispose of the glass. Another option is to donate not only the glass but the whole window to an agency that can re-use or re-purpose them. Consider donating to an artist, who may be able to incorporate it into a project.
Lead paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978. Any construction debris containing lead paint is hazardous waste and should be disposed of at your local solid waste facility. Make sure to check for lead paint when removing your old windows for replacement.
To understand the hazards of lead paint and to learn what you can do to prevent exposure, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
For installation using the existing frame, there are two alternatives for removal of the sash, each of which is equally acceptable but requires a few different steps to be taken. One of the alternatives is for installation of the window from the inside of the home, and the other is for installation from the outside of the home. To choose between installation from inside the home or from outside the home, determine which trim is in better shape (interior or exterior) and which trim is more easily removed. The homeowner’s preference should also be a deciding factor.
Either of these methods is acceptable. The differences will be identified below.
In general, most wood windows that will be replaced are hung windows. There are, however, wood casements, awnings, and sliders that will need to be removed. The following steps refer to hung windows, but the removal of casements, awnings, and sliders is similar.
The removal of the wood sash is now complete. Clean all debris from the frame surface with a small brush or vacuum.
In general, most aluminum windows in need of replacement are sliders, casement, or awning windows. Aluminum-hung windows are not as prevalent. A common practice for the replacement of an existing aluminum window is to remove the entire window, sash, and frame. In some situations it may be necessary for the frame to remain intact, thereby requiring only sash removal.
Slider window sashes can be lifted out of the frame. To remove, unlock and open the sash(es), lift each sash up into the frame head and swing it out of the frame. If there are any frame pieces such as anti-lift blocks attached to the frame, which may block the sash from being lifted out, remove them before taking out the sash.
Aluminum casement or awning window sashes are held to the frame with a set of operating hardware. To remove a sash, disconnect and/or remove the operating hardware and take out the sash(es).
Aluminum-hung window sashes must generally be removed by taking out the glass and collapsing the sash frame. It may, however, be a tilted sash, which can be tilted in and removed.
For sash units that cannot be removed by conventional methods such as those listed previously, or if the sash is a fixed sash, the sash glass will probably have to be removed first.
The removal of the aluminum vent and/or fixed glass is now complete. Clean all debris from the frame surface with a small brush.
Steel Windows are generally casement, awning, slider, or fixed styles. A common practice for replacement of an existing steel window is to remove the entire window, sash, and frame. Sash removal can only be done, but with some difficulty.
Detach the operator arm and hinge of each casement vent from the frame by removing the fasteners, clips, or screws. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the vent from the operating hardware prior to removing the hardware from the frame because the vent may obstruct access to the hardware fasteners. Once you’ve found the fasteners, screws, etc., the surface or head may be embedded in putty. In this case, you can scrape away the putty with a putty knife or cold chisel. If after the putty is removed the fastener still cannot be taken out, drill through the fastener to remove it.
If fasteners or screws cannot be removed, the entire operator assembly will need to be cut out to remove the casement vent. In this case, be sure to remove as much of the assembly as possible so that there is no obstruction projecting from the frame surface (the entire frame surface that the new window will seat against must be flush).
Remove all of the remaining glass from the frame, if necessary.
The removal of the steel vent and/or fixed glass is now complete. Clean all debris from the frame surface with a small brush.