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Are you having trouble finding things in your garden shed because it’s just too dark?
While you could go through all of the trouble to hook your shed up to the grid so you can install a few lights, there is a quick, simple, and more aesthetically pleasing option at your disposal: installing a few windows.
Adding a few windows to your garden shed won’t just make your shed look nicer. Windows will also fill it up with plenty of natural light. So, you won’t have to worry about fumbling around in the dark next time you want to do a little yard work.
Are you thinking about installing windows in your shed but aren’t sure where to start? We’re here to help! Here are a few essential tips on how to install a window in a shed the right way.
Use the Buddy System
Unless you have a few extra appendages, you’re going to need to enlist a friend or two to help you install your new windows.
You may be able to measure, cut, and install support beams and insulation all by yourself. But, unless you want to wind up with a pile of broken glass and a big empty hole in the side of your shed, the actual installation part is going to require a little extra assistance.
When it comes to mounting the window in the wall, you’ll want to have a set of hands at both sides of the opening to keep the window from accidentally slipping out.
On top of that, when it comes time to fasten the window in place, you’re going to need to have someone holding the window still, or you run the risk of it falling or winding up crooked.
Start With a Clean Slate
Before you start the process of installing your windows, you may want to take a little time to clean out your garden shed. Installing windows can be a big job. So, you want to make sure you give yourself plenty of room to work, and the best way to do that is by pulling all of your junk out of your shed.
On top of that, if you’re installing clean, new windows, you may as well spruce up the rest of the shed to match.
If you shed looks a bit dirty, give it a thorough power washing and maybe even a fresh coat of paint. Giving yourself a nice clean surface to work with will make measuring and marking the spot for your new window a bit easier.
Get the Right Windows
Unfortunately, if you want to install windows in your garden shed, you can’t just go to your local home improvement store and pick up the first window you see.
If you bought your shed premade, there’s a good chance the company that manufactured it sells windows to fit your specific model. If your shed is not a pre-fabricated model, you’re going to want to take some time to do your research and measure out where you want to put your windows. So, you don’t wind up having to return or damaging anything.
On top of that, if you want to keep the contents of your garden shed private, you’re going to need to take further precautions. Adding tint for home windows or installing privacy windows will help you keep your neighbors from seeing into your shed without having to compromise on natural light.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
It seems like the most critical part of the window installation process should be cutting the hole for the new window. But, if the opening is too big or small, then it doesn’t matter how careful you were when cutting it.
It may seem like prep work, but measuring and marking out the space for your new window essential to the installation process. If you get one measurement wrong, there’s a good chance your window either won’t fit or will fall through once you let go of it.
So, be extra careful when measuring how much space you’ll need for your new windows, and don’t forget to leave a little wiggle room for the insulation.
The siding on your shed is not there to support the structure — it’s just there to keep everything covered. So, if you try to install your new shed windows directly into the siding, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up with a big hole and no windows.
When installing a window in a shed, you need to make sure you take the time to add a support beam. A support beam will give your new window something to sit on that’s strong enough to carry its weight.
Don’t Forget to Insulate!
Unless you have plans to live in your garden shed, you may not think insulating it is all that important; but you’re only partly right. While you may not have to worry about your lawnmower complaining about the temperature, moisture is an entirely different matter.
Too much moisture leaking into your garden shed could not only damage your lawn care equipment, but it could also affect any chemicals you have stored in there.
So, when installing your shed windows, make sure to properly insulate it to protect your windows and your gardening supplies from damaging moisture.
Must-have Tips on How to Install a Window in a Shed
A dark garden shed isn’t just a nuisance — it’s a hazard. If you can’t see what you’re doing, you run the risk of running into some dangerous equipment and severely injuring yourself.
If you need your shed to lighten up a bit, there’s no better option than installing a few windows. And, by following these helpful, must-have tips, you’ll be able to fill your garden shed with light in no time at all.
Now that you know a bit more about how to install a window in a shed, it’s time to get to work giving your garden shed a much-needed upgrade.
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