The First Step To Mobile Home Replacement Windows
Sometimes normal wear and tear can force your hand into doing mobile home replacement window work. Or maybe you just locked yourself out of the house and had to break a window to get back in. Storms can sometimes throw tree limbs into windows as well. And mobile home windows aren’t that hard to replace.
Measuring the window is the first thing that you must do. Write these measurements down. Taking the old window out is, of course, the next step. Always use caution when handling glass and wear gloves so that the window will not slip out of your hand when taking it out.
The window opening must be a perfect square. You can always buy small pieces of woods called shims to make sure that the new window will fit in case the fit is not snug enough to prevent air leaks. This will save you a lot on your electric bill. A larger window will require a larger opening.
You will need the appropriate size of screws, a drill, and sealing putty. If there is siding around the window, this will have to be taken off before you install the new window. Remove the screws with the screwdriver or drill and set them in a small container so they will not be lost. Once all of this is done, you will have to take off the old putty and place new tape around the window’s frame. This will cover any spaces in case you have vertical metal siding.
Next, you will be replacing half of the screws for the window in order to make sure that the new window fits. When you have made sure of this, you can then replace the remaining screws. At the top locations where the window touches the siding, place your window sealant. All that you have left to do now is to put the siding back where it goes.
This job doesn’t take very long and can reinforce the job that the insulation in your home does. If you have drafts coming in from windows that are broken or have worn out sealing material, then you are losing a lot of the cold air from your air conditioner and the same is true of heating your home in the winter months. Your house will be much more energy efficient once it is draft free.
The cost of heating and cooling homes is constantly on the rise and older mobile homes can be hard to keep cool or warm. This is why it is so important to replace your windows when you see any wear on the surrounding sealant. Even the smallest of cracks in the glass itself can be a disaster. Some mobile homes have windows that open outwards so replacing these with regular lifting windows can help cut down on your energy costs because sometimes these outward opening panes break or do not seal shut. Mobile home replacement windows are not that expensive and can save a lot of money.