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How to Easily Remove Old Windows

Source: Removing Old Windows

Old drafty windows can increase your bills, make your house uncomfortable, and ruin its curb appeal. So, it’s smart to replace old windows with newer ones in time. When considering window replacement, the first question that pops into your head might be “how easy is to remove old windows”? Also, if it is easy, can it be done on your own?

Well, the answer to these questions is not if you don’t have proper knowledge about it. After reading this article, we hope removing old windows is an open and shut case for you. We’ll show you how to remove windows in a few simple steps:

Now, as we say in all our DIY articles, the first and the foremost thing is to ensure you have everything you need to complete the project so that you don’t go running in between finding the right tools. Let’s quickly look at the tools we will need and get the job done right away.


Tools and Materials may vary from place to place as per the style of the windows. In some cases, you might require additional tools.

Tools and Materials:

  • Utility knife
  • Putty Knife or Pry bar
  • Pliers
  • Chisel
  • Cat’s Paw
  • Hammer
  • Measuring Tape
  • Handsaw
  • Reciprocating saw

After gathering all the tools, you can begin with these steps:

Step 1: Score the paint line inside

Score the paint line on the inside stop moldings with the help of a utility knife. When pulling these stops off, do it gently, so the paint does not tear off of all the rest of the trim. Then, separate the casing from the board with a hammer and chisel or putty knife. Once this is done, you can go on to the next step.

Tip: Be extra careful while separating the stops so they don’t break off.

Step 2: Detach the siding.

Windows are attached to the house with nailing fins. Remove the siding to reach these nailing fins with the help of the siding tool. Usually, the siding comes out easily, depending on your window, but sometimes it’s tricky. Work carefully until you get to the nails.


Take it easy and do not damage the siding while removing it, or else you will have to replace it. Watch out for any electrical wires.

Step 3: Pluck out the nails.

Carefully remove the old caulk from the window. Now, using a cat’s paw, remove all the nails, or use a saw to cut in the clips. Take precautions and try not to damage the covering during the process.

Once the nails are eliminated, slowly draw out the window of the border. You might be needing a helping hand for this.


Through the removal, place tape on the window glass to prevent any breakage.

Step 4: Exact measurements for new windows

After taking the windows out, ensure that the window opening is flat and perfect. It is crucial for the window opening to be level. Measure all sides of the opening, including diagonal measurements in both the directions, because successful replacements depend on the precise dimensions.

Once you have all the specific measurements, you are good to go for ordering your new windows.


Do not order or buy new windows without accurate measurements. If you do so, it could prove to be an expensive mistake.

If you have been discussing whether or not you should DIY replacing your old windows, go for it! Now that you know it’s not too hard a task, we think you should get started with the job.

Additional Tips:

  • Before starting the removal process, relocate any furniture away from the window.
  • Use safety gloves and goggles to prevent injuring yourself, and possibly a dust mask, too.
  • Make space around the windows so you can move around unimpeded.
  • After removing the frame, wipe off any debris around it.
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