If you have old, dilapidated, broken or damaged plastic windows, it will be in your best interest to replace them as soon as possible, to keep out the rain, and other elements caused by local weather conditions, and also to enhance the insulation of your home. Replacing plastic windows, however, is not very demanding, and if you are handy around the house, you can likely turn it into a little DIY project.
These tips will help you get along smoothly should you decide to do so:
Measure and request Plastic Pre-cut
Before you head out to buy the new plastic window replacement, get the exact measurements of what you need to replace. Though it is possible to cut the window by yourself, it is advisable to let the store do that for you, since most of them will not charge you extra for selling the pre-cut. Make it easy for yourself by knowing the measurements, and having the store do the cutting for you.
Be careful when removing the old caulk
Before you install the new plastic window, you will have to remove the old window first. This is where most people mess up when it comes to replacing these types of windows. Be careful not to damage the casing or the sash, used to hold the windowpanes. When this is damaged, the window replacement may not fit well, and is likely to get damaged after a short time. It is recommended to use a caulk removal solvent to loosen up the caulk, before scrapping it gently using a scapular or a putty knife.
Be gentle with the cleaning
After installing the window, it is necessary to clean it to offer that initial sparkle. Since it is a plastic window, you have to be cautious about the type of cleaners you use. For instance, you must avoid strong cleaners such as ammonia based detergents. A natural degreaser made from lemon or orange, or mild dishwashing liquid with warm water, is highly recommended to clean plastic windows.