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3 Tips For Cutting The Exterior Siding For A New Window

When adding a new window to your space, once you cut out the frame on the inside of your home, you are going to need to cut out the exterior siding as well before you can complete the window installation process.

#1 Drill Holes To Mark The Corners

You need to know where to cut when you are on the outside of your house. Take a drill and place it in the upper corner of frame you made inside of your home. Drill a hole into the corner. Then move onto the other three corners of the window frame, drilling a hole in each one. This will make it easier to see where to cut the siding when you are on the outside of your home.

When you drill, you are going to want to use a drill bit that is at least 5/8th of an inch so that it makes a large enough hole for you to see and work with outside. You can use a larger drill bit as well, you just want to make sure that you will be able to see the holes.

#2 Measure It Out

Once you make the holes, go outside. Take a tape measure and some chalk. Measure from one hole to the next, and make sure that the measurements on the outside of your house add up with the measurements you made inside of your home for the window frame.

Use a leveler to ensure that you have created straight lines. The last thing you want to do is cut out a crocked window frame.

#3 Cut With A Jigsaw

The best saw for cutting through the siding on your home is a jigsaw. Place the blade of the jigsaw right next to the marks that you made on the outer edge. Then, make a nice, long smooth cut for each side of the window frame.

To keep your saw blade straight and to ensure a smooth cut, put a board under the line where you will be cutting. This will act as a guide for you and ensure that you don't cut crocked. Use the leveler to make sure the board is straight alone the lines that you measure.

Be sure to use a new sharp blade in order to obtain the smoothest cut possible. An old blade could make the job more complicated.

Always be sure to double check all of your measurements before cutting the siding on your home for a new window. Be sure to also wear the appropriate protective gear as you cut out the siding for your new window. 

Contact a company, like JFK Window & Door Co, for more help.