If you want to increase energy efficiency in your brick home, replace old windows with vinyl windows.Vinyl windows are inexpensive and easy to maintain, plus they insulate your home better. Installing vinyl window replacements in a brick wall is tricky, but even a novice DIY enthusiast can attempt this project. Here are some tips to install a vinyl window replacement in a brick wall.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- tape measure
- carpenter's level
- pry bar
- utility knife
- claw hammer or masonry drill
- window shims
- rust-proof screws or nails
- caulk and caulk gun
- masonry sealant
- liquid rubber sealant
- replacement window
You may need a step-ladder to reach the top of the windows, and an assistant to help you remove the window. Set the ladder on a flat surface.
Lift the lower window sash, and measure the width at the top, middle and bottom,including the frame to within the closest one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch. Measure height on the left, right, and center, including the sill. Note the smallest number for both width an height, and use these measurements to order new windows.
Remove the Old Window
Pull the window trim carefully from the window with a pry bar. Lay the trim in a safe place, since you will reuse it later. Use the utility knife to remove the window frame caulking.
Detach the screws securing the frame with the screwdriver. If the frame is attached by nails, use a pry bar to remove them.
Slowly take the window out of the buck, or space made for window installation in a new home. Get an assistant to help you remove the window, if needed.
Scrape any insulation, sealers or adhesives from the buck. Apply masonry sealant to any gaps between the buck and brick with the paint brush.
Install the New Window
Dry fit the window to ensure it is the right size. Apply a thin layer of rubber sealant around the buck to weatherproof it, and let the area dry. Caulk around the window flange of the new window.
Set the new window in place firmly against the caulk; using the drill to drive the screws into the buck through the pre-drilled slots. Measure the window with a carpenter's level.
Insert window shims to level the window where needed. Reinstall the trim with the drill and rust-proof screws or a hammer and nails. Caulk the trim edges, and let the caulk dry.
Installing vinyl replacement windows yourself save son cost. If you don't trust your skill, or you lack the time, hire a window installation service.