When you are planning on remodeling a home and adding a new porch or patio, some of the improvements that may be on your list of things to do include new window and entry door installation. There is some work involved in installing new doors and windows before your new porch. Here are some tips to help you prepare for this process.
1. Removing the Old Windows and Doors to Prepare for Renovations
The first step in preparing your home for a new doors and windows is removing the existing materials from the opening. If you are planning on using replacement windows, remove the window sashes and all the hardware from the existing windows. When installing a new entranceway door, remove the old door as well as any casing and trim to prepare for the installation of a new door.
2. Demolishing Old Materials and Changing Sizes for New Doors and Windows
Once the old windows and doors have been removed from the openings on your new porch, you may need to do some demolition. If you are planning on installing larger windows or doors, you will need to remove the existing wood framing and make sure the new framing is correct for the size windows you are planning on installing in your home. There are modern options for materials like engineered wood beams.
3. Updating the Window Seals, Insulation and Weather Sealing for Improved Energy Efficiency
Older window openings do not have all the seals, weatherproofing, and insulation that meet modern building standards. When you expose the existing openings for windows and doors on your porch, you want to update the seals of windows with a waterproof sealant, add insulation to the opening, and make sure it is properly sealed from the weather outside.
4. Leveling and Squaring the Openings to Prepare for The Installation of New Doors
Finally, before the new windows can be installed, they need to be square and level. You want to check all the openings to make sure they are level on both sides. In addition, measure from corner to corner in both directions to ensure that your window and door openings are squared.
These are some tips to help you with preparing for the installation of a new entrance door and windows for your porch. If you need help with the installation of new windows and doors for your porch or patio improvements, contact an entry way door installation service.