How to Install Aluminum Window Wrap
Aluminum window wrap is a self adhesive tape with rubberized asphalt. It is usually vinyl coated and is available as 50 by 2-foot rolls which are known as trim coil or stock in the market. It is used around the exterior ends of doors and windows and comes in multiple styles and colors. It is beneficial in preventing leaks around windows. Also, it can be used as a seal around nails and screws. It not only reduces noise but also improves efficiency of energy. In addition, it acts as a seal for air, vapor and water. Thus, aluminum window wraps can be quite effective if they are used around garden windows. You can easily install aluminum window wraps yourself by following the simple steps described below.
Step 1: Take Appropriate Precautions
Before installing the wrap, identify the surface you are attaching it to. It should not be attached to flexible gasket, silicone caulking, uncured caulking or uncured solvents. Confirm from the manufacturer that the wrap can go with asphalt. Check the area to which it will be glued. Make sure the surface is dry, clean and oil free. Also, ensure that you have a suitable temperature and that the weather is clear to glue it down.
Step 2: Measure Length and Cut the Wrap
Before starting with the installation, measure the length of wrap needed. This will be determined by the respective window sizes. Add 8 inches and cut the wrap.
Step 3: Gluing the Wrap
Before gluing the aluminum window wrap down, make sure the caulk is cured, if it isn’t, it will cause dripping and streaking of the wrap once it is attached to it. Also ensure that the caulk is completely dry. After ensuring, use adhesive spray to attach the wrap along the window. Remember that adhesive spray works best at low temperatures on limited range of materials which include building paper, concrete and masonry. Let the wrap extend about 4 inches at the window openings.
Step 4: Placement of the Wrap
Cut the wrap more than the jamb length since, the head area should be more than the jamb area. At the bottom of the window, the wraps should overlap each other. Sometimes, the wrap is not applied at the bottom to allow the draining to occur. This is applicable to a garden window.
Step 5: Folding the Wrap and Painting
Cuts should be applied at the ends of the wrap where it is to be folded. Once the wrap is glued to its proper area around the window, fold it back down. Make sure it is properly folded to remove any discrepancies. After this is done, paint the aluminum window wrap in order to prevent early tarnish and corrosion.
Step 6: Finishing Up
Tidy up the work area, put away your tools and enjoy your work.