The installation of reinforced-plastic windows is an excellent way to heat and sound insulation of an apartment, but it does not come cheap. Therefore, sometimes, trying to save money on every little thing, customers postpone the installation of window drainage until better times. However, simultaneously with the stabilization of the financial situation, there is a desire to complete the window with the missing element. Since, most often, firms engaged in the installation of windows are extremely reluctant to agree to perform such work or offer to do it for very considerable funds, you have to think about how to install a window drainage with your own hands.
This operation does not look like something unfeasible and accessible only to specialists. In order to install a window drain with your own hands, you will need glue or silicone, self-tapping screws and a screwdriver, as well as a high-quality aluminum drain.
Before installation, it is necessary to remove the protective films from the drainage surface and (if such are provided for by the design) install the side plugs, having previously greased them with glue. Sometimes you may need to trim the edges. This can be done with metal scissors..
In general, depending on how the drainage edges and external slopes of the window opening will be connected, there are two installation options.
In the first case, the slopes of the window opening have not yet been made, and the edges of the drainage are tightly adjacent to them. When the drainage is adjusted in size and plugs are installed, it is inserted into the groove of the window frame, or simply pressed tightly against it and screwed with self-tapping screws and a screwdriver. Then, by means of a level, the surface of the drainage is measured, while the angle between the surface of the window and the drainage should be more than 90 degrees, and its edges should not be skewed. Such flaws are eliminated by installing wooden gaskets under the ebb. At the end of the work, the voids under the drainage are foamed with polyurethane foam.
In the second version, the slopes and the lower part of the window opening are carefully plastered and profiled, and the drainage itself is only needed to protect the surface of the window opening from rain, snow or hail. In this case, you will have to bend the edges of the drainage upwards, using special pliers with a wide working surface. The edges are folded so that they fit exactly on the side slopes. The lower part of the window opening is covered with silicone sealant, the drainage is pressed against the frame profile and attached to it with self-tapping screws. The joints of the drainage edges and side slopes are sealed with waterproof plaster.
As you can see, the installation of drainage requires a minimum of knowledge and skills, is performed using the simplest tools and materials, and therefore does not require the obligatory involvement of a specialist and is quite feasible independently, which significantly reduces the cost of installing windows.