How to Remove an Old Window

Old single-pane windows of poor quality probably need to be replaced. You can get your money back in energy savings. In many cases you can opt for windows that will never have to be painted … a saving in time and money. Your home may look a lot more beautiful, and the new windows may block out a lot of noise.

After you’ve figured what you want in the new window, here’s how to get rid of the old one:

Removing a wood window

1. Start on the inside removing the casing and stop.

2. With this trim out of the way, you can measure the opening so that you can order the right size window.

3. It’s best not to proceed until you have the replacement actually on site.

removing windows How to Remove an Old Window

4. When you’re ready to continue, cut the rope and remove the weights separately. This lessens the load so it is easier to handle.

5. Remove the apron.

6. If it’s a large, heavy window, remove the sashes.

7. Move to the outside and remove the outside casing.

8. Using a hacksaw or a reciprocating saw, cut through the nails holding the jambs to the studs and any other nails involved.

9. The entire unit should come out when you pull on it. If you are on a ladder, be very careful that when the unit lets go it doesn’t make you lose your balance.

Removing a metal window

Many metal windows have flanges or fins all around, and the window is attached by nailing through these fins. Remove any outside trim; you can usually do this by just prying it off.

At this point, you should be able to see how the window is attached. If you see that nails or other fasteners are driven into the sides of the windows and into the framing, use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the window loose.

If you see that the fins are involved, you’ll probably also see that the exterior siding is covering the nails. In order to remove the nails, you’ll need to remove some of the siding. Since most window fins are 1-inch wide, you should remove l 1/2 inches all around. Measure and strike chalk lines all the way around. Then, set the height of the blade on a circular saw to 1/8 inch deeper than the thickness of the siding and cut this out. Now remove the nails and lift out the old window.


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