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How to Fit a uPVC Window

Different Types of Fitting

Fitting your new window (pin in)

Pin in : first check the cill and make sure it is level. Now put a run of silicone across the top of cill. Stand your new window in and make sure it is level. Than all that left is to fix the window to the wall with the fixing brackets.

If the cill is not level than pack under one side of the window so that it is level otherwise your sash openings may not work properly. Plus if you do have to lift one side make sure you fill in the gap. Once you have something solid to take the weight of the window silicone will be good enough to fill the rest of the gap. If the gap is bigger than 5mm than Maybe you should get the cill redone, as it may lead to trouble later on.

Full fit & taken out old window

There are two ways you can do this. The first one is were you don't need the window that is coming out. So you can break it up and do very little damage to the surrounding plaster. The second is were you want to save the old window this requires a lot more work as explained below.

First type breaking up the old window

First take of all the sashes. Than remove any other glass that is in the window. Sometimes it is just easier to break the old glass out depending on how it was put in. If you are going breaking the glass, get someone to hold a blanket up and than break the glass into it.

Once all sashes and glass is removed. You now cut out any mullions or transoms.

Now on the bottom of window cut in the center and prise upwards until it breaks. Once you have the bottom of the window out it now time to take out the sides.

First run a sharp knife around the window on the inside. This will help separate the plaster from the window. Than when you are taken out the side the first thing you do is get a nail bar in behind it and prise the bottom out slowly. When you are prising keep an eye on the plaster on the inside. If you see a crack starting to come stop straight away. This is more than likely were the fixing bracket is that is holding your window in place. Just get a chisel and drive it in between the window and plaster to break the fixing bracket. Once done prise the window frame some more and keep an eye on the top because in most windows there will be four brackets. Two on ether side, plus sometimes you might get one on the head. Remember every window is different it all depends on who put them in. So always take it slowly when prising out the window frame and watch for cracks.

Fitting your new uPVC window (Full fit)

To fit your new window just slide it into the cavity at one side. Than get your window all the way in on the cill. Once you have the window in on the cill just slide it so that it is behind both reveals. Once this is done you will than need to lift your window so that it goes up behind the reveal on the head, 5mm should be enough to lift the window. Once done you will now need to fill the cap between the bottom of the window and the cill. Once the window is sitting on something solid in 3 or 4 places you can just fill the rest with silicone. If you had to lift the window up more you might need some cement to pack under the window. Once you have filled under the window, clip on the cill adapter. This is a strip of PVC which clips onto the bottom of the window and steps around the cill to keep the weather out. Now just put a run of silicone around the outside and depending on now much damage is done on the inside a small bit of patching plaster should do and a run of caulk around the window.

To hold your window in place you can cut away some of the plaster and put fixing brackets there. Or what most people do is pump expanding foam around the window this will hold the window and seal the window right around.

Taken out old window in one piece.

Some people may want to save the old window for a shed or something. If this is the case you will need to take the plaster of around the window until there is enough room for the window to fall inwards. Once you have the window out. Just stand the new one in, but just put a run of silicone on the cill first.

If you are planning on saving your old window. You should first way up the cost. You have extra work in taken it out plus you check these guys out have a lot of extra work in finishing off around the inside. It may work out cheaper to just buy a second hand window somewhere for that shed.

Conclusion

Reading this should give you some ideas on now a uPVC window is fitted. It does not cover everything buy it will hive you a general idea on how it is done. Depending on the part of the world that you live in. There is different types of methods of fitting windows. But if you are anyway handy with DIY you should have no problems at all.

If you have any comments or helpful hints just leave them in the comment box below. It may just help someone out.



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30 Nov 2016