The most fascinating part of some homes are the windows. They compliment the home’s architectural design and gives it a sense of balance and openness. Windows allow you to see the beauty of the world from the inside out while giving you a wonderful source of natural lighting. They transform each room and lets you see the color, design, and style of your home in a completely different light. If you're looking to bring more light into the home, while also adding dimension to the outside for better curb appeal, you can install a bay window. Unlike the average window, bay windows embrace outside light from three different angles and give seating inside the home that is perfect for a cozy reading nook.
Installing a bay window may seem difficult at first but the pros at Legacy windows installers have gathered a few pointers to help you with your project. Following these steps will help you with installing a bay window by yourself with little to no hassle. If you find that you may not be up a for the task or run into installation issues, our team is here to help. When calling Legacy Service, you can receive a no-obligation estimate on the bay window you want for your home. Our expert installers will have your window professionally installed within a day and all you’ll have to do is sit back and watch your home transform. Check out the steps we put together below to see how to install a bay window.
STEP 1: Learn what’s involved
It’s important to take careful measurements for the bay window you choose to install. Make sure you have all the right tools and you are aware of the size, weight, and how complex the installation process may be. Knowing this will help you figure out whether it’s best or not to call a contractor such as Legacy Service to have a fault-free installation.
STEP 2: REMOVE OLD WINDOW, TRIM, AND SCREEN
Start removing the sash stops, sashes, tracks, storm windows and center pane from the home. You’ll have to pry off the window casings and interior sill. Also be sure to remove the storm window frames and exterior trim. Carefully lift the window frame from the opening to completely remove your window.
STEP 3: REMOVE SHINGLES BELOW WINDOW TO EXAMINE DRY ROT
It’s important to check the amount of dry rot underneath the shingles and plywood sheathing below the window. For this project, the dry rot will most likely be isolated in one spot. Remove the damaged sheathing by cutting it away and replacing it with a new section.
STEP 4: MAKE A STABLE EVEN SURFACE FOR NEW FRAME
Use a one by four base to rest the bay window from on so it levels with the shims. Secure the window frame with screws so it is sturdy and in place. Apply aluminum flashing tape along the bottom and onto the sides of the rough opening to keep moisture outside.
STEP 5: PLACE WINDOW IN OPENING
To make the window a little lighter, remover the panes and sashes from the frame. Set the window in place carefully making sure it’s even and secure. Next, attach then tighten the cable clamps to the solid header at the top of the opening once your window is level. Now you can add the rest of the window components that were removed before.
STEP 6: LEVEL AND SECURE WINDOW FRAME INTO OPENING
Insert the shims between the top of the window frame and the opening to make sure it is level. Make sure this is done from the inside of the window. Secure your window permanently by drilling the screws through the shims and the wall.
STEP 7: FRAME AND INSTALL THE ROOF CAP
Put together and install the bay window roof cap. Make sure the interior is insulated with fiberglass and waterproofed with drip caps, aluminum flashing tape, asphalt shingles, roofing felt and step flashing. This has to be done before replacing any wooden shingles along the upper edge.
STEP 8: FINISH THE BOTTOM INSULATION AND CORBELS
Using strips of wood trim, you are going to form a tray for foam insulation at the bottom of the window. Secure a piece of plywood on the outer side with nails. Add decorative wooden braces for additional support. Replace the shingles on the wooden wall.
STEP 9: INSULATE INTERIOR SPACE BETWEEN WINDOW AND WALL
Insulate the space between window and wall frame with foam sealant that expands to form a barrier against cold entering the home and heat escaping the home. This insulation will be hidden under the trim once your bay window is completely installed.
STEP 10: TRIM WINDOW INTERIOR AND ADD SCREENS
Encase the bay window interior with a pre-finished top upper and lower panel. Add the trim to the sides and exposed joints when you are placing the decorative casing onto the windows. Complete your installation process by adding high transparency screens that will block no light and are practically invisible. You can also add verticle blinds to your bay window to block out unwanted light and add privacy.
Installing a bay window by yourself is a tough task to take on. But if you follow these steps carefully and have all the correct tools, you’ll be able to get the job done. The average cost of installing a bay window on your own is definitely cheaper than choosing a contractor, but may cause you to come out of pocket in the future. Calling a trusted team like Legacy Service will save you money in the future and you’re new bay window will be backed by a 10-year workmanship warranty. Whether you choose the DIY route or let us install your window, we are here to assist you.