Tips and Tools to Install Vinyl Windows

If you plan to install vinyl windows yourself, you’re going to need the right tools.

Safety should always be your first priority, whether you plan to install vinyl windows or any other home renovation. You should always wear safety goggles to avoid debris flying into your eyes, a face mask to prevent inhaling dust, and gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges on the window frame.

Install Vinyl Windows

Install Vinyl Windows

Your tool checklist to install vinyl windows should include:

  • broad wood chisel
  • hammer and nails
  • level
  • paint scraper
  • philips head and flatheaded screwdriver (cordless preferable)
  • pliers
  • pry bar (to remove existing window frame)
  • reciprocating saw
  • shims
  • silicone caulk and caulking gun
  • tape measure
  • utility knife

You should also have fiberglass or spray foam insulation for the area around the window frame.
Before you install vinyl windows, be sure to measure the frame carefully. Window makers occasionally make mistakes, and its better to deal with the error before you begin your job.
When you install vinyl windows, it is best to work with a partner. You’ll find the windows to be quite heavy and difficult to handle on your own. Wear old clothing during your installation. Clothing could get hooked or torn on sharp edges. The spray foam type of insulation can be messy and will ruin your clothes as it is almost impossible to remove. Always follow the directions on the can.
Having the right tools and taking the necessary safety precautions will ensure your project to install vinyl windows is successful.