Remove roof windows in simple steps

In some cases it may be necessary to remove a skylight. If you stick to a few small steps, this is not difficult at all. How this works with a swing window, we show here.

Replace the roof window

Whether you just want to extend the skylight or if you want to use a new window, it does not matter, you should be aware of the weight of the window, before you try to balance it alone.

Remove the skylight step by step

In this manual, we assume that your skylight should be completely removed to later use a new skylight. But if only the wing is removed, you only need a screwdriver.

  • screwdriver
  • pincers
  • saw
  • hammer
  • chisel
  • crowbar

Remove roof windows in simple steps: simple

1. Remove the panel

The interior trim must be removed. Depending on whether you want to use them again, you should do this cautiously. If the frame is removed, the outer panel must also be removed. The roof tiles are best placed inside in a safe corner where no one steps on it.

2. Take out the wings

The wing of the skylight must be turned around until the outer side is completely inside. Then there are usually buttons on the hinges that you need to push in. These buttons must be kept pressed while at the same time the window sash is pushed outwards.

Careful, since the wing is quite heavy, you can easily drop it, then it would slip off the roof. As a precaution, make sure that the area under the skylight is locked.

3. Remove the frame

The screws holding the frame are simply removed. This is often not possible after years. Therefore, you often have to cut the frame with the saw and break it out with a crowbar.

Tips & Tricks

With a medium-sized roof window, only the wing with the window can weigh up to 60 kilograms. This is what few home improvement people do without a backache. Therefore, you should still invite a strong neighbor for this work.

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