You don’t have to pay a contractor to install the Florida windows for you if you can do it yourself. Install the Florida windows in block construction, for example, is something you can do yourself if you take a little time to learn how to do it.
Below is an easy step-by-step guide to install the Florida windows in block construction – without any mistakes.
STEP 1: After deciding to install the Florida windows into a block construction, the first step is to measure the opening of the masonry. This step is very important because it determines whether your window will fit into the masonry or not. You have to measure the inside of the opening first. Run the tape measure from one end of the opening to the other, on a straight line.
STEP 2: Measure the height of the opening by running a tape measure from the highest point of the opening to the lowest point. Ensure you do this while holding the tape measure against the wall of the opening. Also, ensure your tape measure is straight in order to avoid erroneous measurements. In the same way, measure the width of the window as well by running the tape measure from the left end of the opening to the right end. Ensure the tape measure is straight while taking these measurements so your numbers are correct. If you can, request for assistance from someone nearby in order to avoid errors.
Obtain the diagonal measurements next. These measurements are taken to ensure the opening is square. This measurement determines the size of the window you will order. Ensure that for double or triple windows, you allow space for mull bars. For the 3 and 4 inch mull bar, allow 1 and 3/8 inches of space. For the 5 ½ inch mull bars, allow 2 inches on the inside. After the window has been purchased, move to the second step.
STEP 3: Cut the dry wall or caulk away from Install the Florida windows using a putty or utility knife. The caulk is used to seal the hole between the window and the wall. This prevents insects from entering. Remove the caulk and the paint around the perimeter of the wall. After cutting the caulk, remove the window.
STEP 4: The next step is to mark the drywall at the exact place you intend to cut so that you can create additional depth for the PVC window. The PVC window has to be 3 inches deep – compared to most of the PVC windows that are 2 inches deep.
STEP 5: Apply caulking to new buck strips before installing the bucks. Then ensure you use a proper tapcon of about 1 and 1/4 inches into the concrete.
STEP 6: Using a tape measure, measure the opening to find the sill center, then knock out the center. After the center of the sill has been knocked out, pre-drill the mull strip. Before pre-drilling, measure the center of the sill first. After taking the measurement, place the mull over the center of the silk. Mark the holes and pre-drill. There are adjustable mull clips to enable you to adjust the clip back and forth.
STEP 7: Ensure you are pre-drilling at the right place. After pre-drilling, slide on the mull cover before applying the caulk to seal up the holes.
STEP 8: Using a utility knife, cut around the perimeter of the mull clip before you install it. Cutting around the perimeter creates enough space. The buck strips need to be notched to fit over the mull clips then apply caulk to the new buck strips to keep water penetration before applying caulk flange on all the four sides.
STEP 9.The next step is to install the window into the hole. Properly arrange it so that it fits into the hole without leaving any excess room in the width. Ensure that the installed window is not bowed or curved. You can confirm this by taking measurements of the window. Measure the top first, note the figure then measure the bottom (ensure that the tape is properly placed, not bent). Measure the center of the window too. If all sides are equal, it means the window is properly placed. If the sides are not equal, use a chisel to screw in a plastic shim to the side of the window. This shortens the other longer measurement and straightens it.
STEP 10: The next step after the installation of the Florida window is to drill holes in the bottom of the window. This hole is for the tapcon. After drilling the hole, get your tapcons ready and then place them in the holes. Fill the remaining spaces with caulking in order to prevent water penetration.
STEP 11: In this, the final step, cover the tapcon holes with plugs.
Congratulations! Now your Install the Florida windows has been installed and ready for use.