Sliding windows are relatively simple to install. In most cases, there are only a few parts to remove, and installation is quite straightforward. Before beginning, measure the size of the existing window and remove any screws or nails that are holding it in place. You can then lift the window away from the wall and clean the space around it.
Sliding windows should be level and secure when installed, so be sure to use a helper to help you. The screws should be positioned on the opposite side of the window, so that the gap is even. The window frame should then be pushed against the exterior of the house. Sliding windows are often heavy, so a helper is needed to ensure a solid installation.
Sliding windows also feature a wide variety of customization options. They have a center sash that takes up about half the width of the window and two sashes that open to the left and right respectively. They can be opened and closed with the tip of a finger, and this feature makes them desirable in spaces with higher windows.
Sliding windows are easier to operate than double-hung windows. They offer a wider window frame, allowing for more airflow. Some modern designs even include sliding screens. Sliding windows are great for large homes and have an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Sliding windows can also be installed in areas where space is limited.
Sliding windows are also easy to maintain. They use fewer parts than other operable windows, which makes them easier to clean. Sliding windows also tend to be dust-resistant and don't fade easily. Simply wipe them down with a soft cloth to keep them looking as good as new.
Before installing the new window, you should prepare the frame. Make sure it is completely clean and free of any debris. Make sure to use a damp cloth to wipe the frame with. It is important to make sure the frame is water-tight so that the new window can fit properly. If there are any gaps or protrusions, repair them. If your existing window is older, you might need to add a sealant.
A sliding window is typically two or three sashes that slide in and out. The fixed center can be either one or two times the width of the window. A triple sliding window features a fixed central pane with two sliding panels. A triple sliding window is ideal for large homes, but it can be difficult to install in small houses.
The cost of installing a sliding window varies, but most homeowners pay about $725 to $1200 for one. A single pane 36" x 36" aluminum sliding window is around $725, while a single-pane 36" x 24" vinyl sliding window can cost up to $800. Of course, the cost will also depend on the size of the window, the frame material, and any extra features you want to include.