How To Install A Window (New Construction)



i shat in here from house improvements calm today we're going to shoot a video and we're going to explain to you how to install a new PVC window in new construction scenario we've got a series of windows along the wall here we left one out just to do this video in and basically we'll just take a few minutes to get set up and we'll be ready to go okay so we're working at a new garage construction site that i've been working on so the gradual has been Tyvek and we're all ready to cut the window opening out so i'm just going to simply the window open right here I'm just going to simply take my knife I'm going to find the edge of the opening and I'm going to cut about an inch and a half back or not so wider than the opening go all the way down the side and bolt the same across the bottom now you could put a mark pencil mark there whatever if you don't trust yourself but long as it's close in that range and then at the top I'm going to do the same thing so we're basically going cutting that out an inch and a half around the hole opening to expose the plywood or OSB whatever you're using and then up here at the top I'm going to make a couple angled cuts and I usually need one down here to just creates a couple flaps so what we're going to do is we're going to create a sill pan and make the install so everything's watertight we've got the room to do this here on the plywood so first thing I've got to do I've got to actually use a special primer for this this is what I'm using I'm creating a sill pan out of this product here and it'll all stick on around the hole and cover the whole Sylla but I do need to use a primer some products do some going this particular this particular one requires a primer so I'm going to go ahead and just spray that all the way around and just takes a few minutes to tack up and then we can apply our product okay so we've gone around the perimeter out on this older face and I've tried to spray about an inch and a half wide you know we're just trying to cover the plywood not necessarily the wrap and I also want to do up about three inches up the sides here and here and this whole sill bottom getting a few strings of glue going everywhere okay and that just takes a couple minutes to set up hopefully I don't have glue on the lens of the camera and this this product here resists oh I guess this brand is called there's lots of different brands out there I'm not specifically telling you this is the one you need to use or not use this brand here like I said we need the primer on the wood surfaces and we just got to let that sit for a couple minutes so what I'm going to do is just prep the length of these a little bit so what you want to do is measure measure your opening and add about three inches so I believe these are 33 I think 30 inches so I'm going to cut this at about 36 inches long just cut the strip off that'll be our our bottom piece that we're going to put on there before we put that in there there's some plastic corners that we're going to place right down in here just because that bottom corner is a hard spot to seal up properly so they've come out with these here so to install that we've also got the glue there but basically just put a good bead of silicone in the corner and press that right down in it same thing on this side press these rate down into the corner like so I'm just going to give them a little staple a couple staples just to hold them in place so okay so we've got that in place now I can put in this first piece of this membrane and it just has a sticky back on it so you peel off the back portion and the one thing you want to remember when doing this is we want to layer every subsequent layer so that as water if water does get behind your siding or anything and it's coming down the wall each layer is the upper layers are overlapping the bottom layers so that you're shedding the water property so this first one just line it up with the bottom of the opening like that I'm sticking it past that two or three inches extra that we added on to it press it in really good make sure it's stuck like so then we're going to cut another one to go in the bottom of the actual opening to start creating the sill or the pan I should say and this one I want it the same length as what we just did so in this case it's 36 inches again and this one what's going to happen is it's going to sit in here but it's going to we're going to stick it out about an inch and a half and then fold that edge around the corner so again I go to peel the back off so I'm sticking out about an inch and a half down onto the one we already did again you can see now I'm overlapping the bottom one so we got at the right direction stick these sides on and I'm going to make a little cut right against the side of the opening break down to the bottom of the sill same thing on this side break down to that plastic corner we put in there stretching it back and sealing it right to the bottom of the bottom of the window sill there okay and then we're going to go up the side so I've got a narrower one for that you wouldn't necessarily have to change sizes but so this one's going to go right from about three inches up top to overlapping this one by a couple inches again same brand product just a little narrower roll I believe this outer face is UV resistant for I think it's 20 days or something like that but it's not made to be to sit out and not ever be covered up I don't know I guess the Sun must break it down over time okay again I'm peeling the back off I'm just putting it flush to the edge of our opening so and I want to make sure I have this flap up out of the way push it on real good and flat a little bit of a wrinkle in there but okay and the same thing on this side okay so we've got our two sides on I'm going to go back down to the pan but it's not maybe necessarily necessary that you do it but I like to cover the whole bottom of the of the wood sill and what this is is that if any water ever gets through its protecting your framing from rotting oh it is really what it is and then you'll see once we put the window in we're going to create a couple of wee poles in the seal on the window so that if moisture does get in there it runs out we've also I don't know if you can really tell from here we've also slightly sloped these sills so they're the back inside edge is just a quarter of an inch higher not even about an eighth of an inch just again create a bit of a slope so the water will drain out and it's not saying you're going to get water in there but it can definitely happen so we're trying to do everything possible to prevent it from happening but if it does get in there we want to have some prevention there as well okay so this one I'm just going to cover the bottom of the sill with it and again I primed that whole area so we get a good bond run right inside stick that beam down and I'm going to stick just a little strip up here just to help hold those back but if you're cutting up here just be sure you aren't cutting remembering that you just installed peel the back off we've got that protective corner in there that's sealing the actual bottom corner up I just want to protect a little more wood there okay so we've got the sides the bottom we've got the sill panel made we've got the side protected we're going to put a strip across the top and then we're ready to just let the peel in doing so this one here again it really should be about the same length as what we put on the bottom when you're doing a renovation window where you're replacing the existing window and they're still siding and everything in the way this stuff it's a little tougher to put on a lot of times I just make sure I use extra silicone to install the window instead of this but when you're doing new you've got all the room in the world to to apply this so why not so we just want to make sure that that flap of house wrap up there isn't behind this product we want this behind the house wrap just slipping it up behind press it in really good okay we've got still got that free to go once we have the wind wall in this is going to get taped to there and up the corners and everything and again that's just creating this flow so that the water if it gets through here comes down onto this if this was underneath it could get in the water could flow down and get in behind all this so we've got everything lap properly I'm going to check the level of my window sill from side to side this one's nice and level yo you don't want to just set your window in there though right on the sill you want to create a bit of a space so I'm using these pieces of 3/8 plywood I'm just setting them in there and I'm just going to tack them in place so they don't move and the window will sit down on here and that will create a space inside this will create an air space between the window in here so that you can get that insulated properly okay so we've got that sitting there something important to remember when you're doing a series of windows like what we're doing here we've got four actually in a row all the same elevation is you know you want to try to stay consistent so they are straight and level and equal to each other so we've got this all prepped up we drop a wheel drive fit the window which is just a matter of before we get any silicone around the opening lift the window end drive fit it make sure everything works in this case I know what's going to work all these last three did okay so if you've watched our other window installation for a renovation type window this part will be a bit of the same repetition but what what we've got here that there isn't a nailing flange here I like to use a renovate they call it a renovation brick mold and as you can see it isn't it isn't just a thin flange that you put the nails through and cover it with the siding this is the finished product that you see once the sidings on but what it does have is these strips that pull out and behind them as a channel where you can screw the window into place through and then the strips go back in and it covers everything up nice and neat so I'm just going to pull those off so those are out of the way you also want to go around the back edge and just you know wipe any dust you know sometimes the windows sat around and shipping or something for a while and they're dusty on the back here because we will be putting a bead of silicone around the opening we want it to bond nicely to the back of the vinyl window this wind this particular window doesn't open it's just a fixed / fixed type window very basic very simple some somewhat different brands of windows are a little more floppy than others this is just rockin on the ground but some you can actually rack from side to side or make them untrue so always when you're putting that type of window in just make sure to measure corner to corner diagonally on the outside before you get it all screwed in so if you've got a rack it a little bit to get it plumb and straight and square that you can these ones are really good and solid and never had a problem with those but so what I'm going to do I'm going to hop back up top I'm going to put a nice generous bead of silicone around the perimeter of the opening then I'm going to grab the window stick it in and we'll start fastening into place okay so I've gone around the top and the two sides with the real nice big generous bead of silicone all the way around when it comes to the bottom I've come down to the corner and I've come in I'll come in about three four inches still with a nice generous bead and I'm going to stop and leave it about a two inch gap and then I can continue on and do about the same thing over here on the other side leave a couple inches what that does any moisture that does ever get in here through condensation or anything and because we have a slope on the sill this gives it somewhere that it can actually escape if it needs to now being that it's on the bottom there's a lot real low likelihood that any rain or anything is going to drive up from the bottom up into there so so we've got that all in place something I forgot to do was I want to get a mark on the outside here on the on an edge so I know side to side where the windows centered up if you have two people doing this you could have somebody inside telling you so I've got thirty two and a quarter thirty and a quarter so I've got two inches of overlap so basically I just need a mark here at about should about an inch and then when I slide over to that I know that my window is pretty close to being centered okay so I'm going to lift the window into place we've got our block sitting here it should be level but once I have it in place I'll just double check that it is true and slide it over side to side and we should be all right kind of start by setting your bottom sill on those blocks that we attach there and then just slide the window into place slide over till I can see my pencil mark on the side so we've got it sitting in there I'm just going to grab the level again set it on the bottom just to double-check level levels good the windows were square but we'll just check the plumb as well and it's fine too so that window is good right where it's sitting we've got it embedded back into the silicon I'm going to mount it with screws basically I'll put a screw on each top corner to start with and then I'll explain the screwing after that okay so the screws that you should use for this type is not just a deck screw because they have a tendency to pull right through the plastic you want to use a truss headed screw which is got a really big flat head with a flat back on it so it once it tightens up to that vinyl surface it's got lots of surface area to suck back and not actually pull the screw through the vinyl so use a truss headed screw make sure it's equivalently long enough to you know grab into a good inch of wood back in there and we want to place our screws about every 16 inches apart on a window like this to properly fasten it in so I'm just going to finish screwing it off and getting it secured okay so I've got all my screws put into place I'm just taking a scrap block and I'm going to go around the outside and squeegee off any excess silicone that came out just so that we don't have that in the way and we're trying to do the siding creating any little lumps and bumps there I'm just going all the way around not squeegee off as good as I can and as well on the bottom just got to watch when you're doing the bottom that you don't reseal up spots that you tried to leave empty or without silicone okay so we've got that I'm going to come back up top here and tape my house wrap to the membrane and obviously I'm just using the tuck tape that you normally would use on your house wrap I can find the end of the roll so just be sure that that flap up top is cut up high enough that you're taping on to the membrane not really onto the window okay so just press that on really good we need a couple little spots up on those handle cut to me a couple little strips I mean seal it up really nice okay so we got that in there just look down here make sure none of our cuts are exposed no everything's covered up there okay that's that now I can put on the screw covers the caps that go on the channel there if you have a rubber mallet or a rubber handle hammer that just goes snaps right in there pretty nice and it gives a very attractive finish when you're all done I thing I like about this type of window the renovation brick mold is down the road if I mean obviously at some point somebody's going to have to change these windows in 30 years or whenever you know you don't have to take siding off to do it pop these caps out remove the screws pry the window out and you don't have to disturb everything else around it we're with the nailing fin it's under whatever your exterior finishes so you've got to either cut it wider and finish refinish it with some type of finish or you know restock or reside your whole house so so this is nice for down the road and it's I think it's pretty attractive myself a little wider trim work around the windows okay so I'll finish popping on that last one and then we'll maybe have a quick look inside and wrap things up the last thing I just want to show you now we're inside the garage you can see we've got nice equal space on each son really on all the sides and that'll make it easier for us to spray home you want to have a good quarter inch or in this case we've got a good half an inch all the way around it gives you lots of room to get in there and insulate properly so that's our video on installing a window and new construction it demonstrates how to make a proper sill pan there are a few different variations of the sill pan but the basic idea is to get it all covered up and sealed up as best you can with a membrane and again the main thing to remember on the membrane is lapping it working your way from the bottom up so that all your upper pieces overlap the one below it so that's that's about it we will we do have another video on YouTube here on our Channel that explains a insulating window both using spray foam and the bad insulation so you can check that out we do have the form on our website at house improvements comm you can go to the forum ask any questions about this video or any other video or anything you want related to building construction and I'll do my best to answer it if I don't maybe there's somebody else on there that does have the answer for you so I guess that's it for now we'll see you next time

40 Comments

  • ricardo Vargas

    April 15, 2019

    Yo no se poner ventanas pero primero pondria el bichutiny despues los esquineros

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  • Rand al'Thor

    April 15, 2019

    Is there a video om installing a brand new window, cutting drywall and vinyl siding and adding a new window?

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  • Carlos Stephen

    April 15, 2019

    This video will save me a lot of money ? ?

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  • Skiroy

    April 15, 2019

    What were the wood blocks on the sill ans the plastic corner pieces for?

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  • Edward Scissor hands

    April 15, 2019

    This video is a big fail

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  • MAC CLIFF

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent Video. Easy to follow and a great job explaining why and how you did everything.
    Thank you for posting.

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  • AriKa_PL

    April 15, 2019

    LOL how to install Windows Vista

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  • Masoud Sadeghi

    April 15, 2019

    good jab

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  • sweta prasad

    April 15, 2019

    Light ? white house ? building ? lift door ? ? windows it was cream colour paint the light ? white house ? building ? lift door ? ? windows stairs bed now toilet ? seet the update thanks for the update thanks album

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  • Eduardo Tarusov

    April 15, 2019

    I was just wondering, do you mind if I use some parts of your videos in my educational videos? I will give you credit, and direct my viewers to check out your channel too. We both will benefit from that. Please let me know. I am not making any money from my videos. They are 100% free and are for educational purpose only. Please let me know. Thanks a lot.

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  • Eduardo Tarusov

    April 15, 2019

    Man, I love your videos. What an amazing job. You inspire me to do quality work.

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  • Indy Debauchery

    April 15, 2019

    Aboot the same across the bottom.

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  • desertcamel357

    April 15, 2019

    Can you list the materials need for old constrction? Stucco exterior and drywall interior?

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  • desertcamel357

    April 15, 2019

    Greetings, Splendid presentation!! How to do existing windows here in FL?

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  • ATXTube

    April 15, 2019

    This guy is a legend

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  • Mirko Hornak

    April 15, 2019

    Who else came here by searching how to install windows on mac

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  • Mike Webber

    April 15, 2019

    Diagonal cuts were made in the house wrap outwards from the four corners of the rough cut out. This creates four flaps. The side flaps were supposed to overlap the membrane going horizontally along the sill. He did not do that. He put the membrane over the top of the side flaps. Most likely this was just a mistake, as he does seem like a skilled professional, but if it wasn’t a mistake then he did something that was unnecessary. Which was cut diagonally the house wrap in the bottom two corners. Although I don’t see this as being a huge problem for the structure itself, as the overlapping from top to bottom looks sound, my point is this… One way or another the homeowner will pay. Either in repairs down the road, higher utility bills, and/or the inefficiencies of the people who built their home. For those of you who may think that’s nit picky, just think about how this one mistake in ~1 hour extrapolates over the total number of people and hours it takes to build a house. Is there any wonder why utility bills skyrocket, houses don’t last like they should, and new builds cost so much? The construction industry is fraught with inefficiency and lack of attention to detail.

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  • Ben Andrews

    April 15, 2019

    Nice Job – Thanks fro the video

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  • Mandalay 860

    April 15, 2019

    Very nice! I enjoy all of your videos. Very easy to follow.

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  • Drew Star

    April 15, 2019

    Very Helpful, excellent care to create a true moister locked opening, just wondering why the angle cuts in the Tyvek at the bottom corners?

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  • Marshall Bueckert

    April 15, 2019

    Very informative video but before ever doing any building construction make sure you check local building codes. In my area this window would fail inspection if done on a home, a garage maybe not, but I would take that risk.

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  • phill brown

    April 15, 2019

    Whats the name of them orange things

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  • 4397748

    April 15, 2019

    Shannon
    I have watched most of your videos and I can't express enough how helpful your videos are. Recently I have tried to do my own projects around the house and building my own 36×14 shed/patio…and without your videos I don't know how I would have done it. You are very good at explaining each step and positioning a camera to get the best angle for us to see everything you do. The more I watch your videos the simpler my projects are. I wish I can work with you for couple of months and get better at home improvements. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

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  • Bajaheat

    April 15, 2019

    My house is 14 years old, went to remove window and found I have no wrap under siding, and nothing but calking around window nail flange, no rot at all, kinda thinking about not using wrap

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  • John Samson

    April 15, 2019

    Nice Job THANKS

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  • palito polo

    April 15, 2019

    Thx for the info

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  • usmcsdi69

    April 15, 2019

    Canadian's talk funny

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  • MyLê Chan

    April 15, 2019

    This is windows 10

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  • Amaterasu Omikami

    April 15, 2019

    This is the accident, does not makes sense at all. You only fool your costumer with your sealing methods.

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  • Jeremy

    April 15, 2019

    Why do you need the small space around the window?

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  • B Scooter

    April 15, 2019

    What about security if this window can simply be unscrewed and removed from the outside? Are there no fixing points into the sides that cannot be accessed from the outside?

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  • Nelson Melián Crosa

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent video, many thanks.
    Where you recomendme for buy the windows?
    Regards

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  • pogologo123

    April 15, 2019

    Daeood taj

    Darood taj

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  • Se83Ad

    April 15, 2019

    What about sash windows without the fin? Im going to install wooden double hungs and dont know if the frame should be fit with the wall or the window should stick out a little bit off the wall.

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  • bing ging

    April 15, 2019

    1st thanks for all the videos big time! If i can would like to ask you, Im the process of replacing windows in my home. Im going from two windows in every opening to one window. Im reframing the openings to fit 1 window but my problem could be, i bought replacement windows in stead of new construction so they dont have the flang. Im just not sure how far in should they go on or if they would need to be flashed? The outside part is really confusing me. Any videos on this topic?

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  • M. S. L.

    April 15, 2019

    Why expose the wood. Can't you just cut a "X" in the opening & fold the flaps in? Then cut the excess off inside.

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  • Mowen McGuire

    April 15, 2019

    Do people still use lead or copper cap flashing? I would feel more secure, or is that beyond minimal standard.

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  • Jake Walter

    April 15, 2019

    We

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  • Rangasamy Thiyagarajan

    April 15, 2019

    Superb finishing but will this is fire retard ?

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  • H E

    April 15, 2019

    I’ve watched all your videos man! I’ve built many basements and decks watching your videos and I would like to say thank you for your knowledge.

    If you can make a video on how to form/pour footings for a house and also how to pour cement foundation for a home that would be great.
    I am building A house and just need some ideas on how to structure the forms for the footings and how to pour the foundation.

    Thank you in advance

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