breaking news
Healthy Food Factory Commissary Commercial Kitchen in Boca Raton, OUR KITCHENS ARE AVAILABLE 24/7/365 - Call (561) 394-7466 - Healthy Food Factory Commissary Commercial Kitchen in Boca Raton, OUR KITCHENS ARE AVAILABLE 24/7/365 - Call (561) 394-7466
Sign up for Newsletter
Email:
Florida_Panthers_Single_Game_Tickets_DIGITAL_8_2_18_CHILL_300x250.jpg
Century_21_Stuart_Goodwin.jpg
SFWW_236X150_WEB_AD_HAPPY_HERALD.jpg
Healthy_Food_Factory.jpg
South_Flo_Gutter_Services.jpg
Superios_Tint.png
DirectFreight.jpg
Open_house_Interior.jpg
A_H_Automotive.jpg
Dos_Amigos.jpg
Storm_Depot.jpg
Perfectly_Imperfect.jpg
Hemp_Factory.jpg
CBD_Docs.jpg
Bicycle_Spot.jpg
Allure_Massage.jpg
PG EXPRESS_1.jpg
Nomad_banner.jpg
Ace_Hardware.jpg
FinsFurs_Feathers.jpg
Ace_Hardware_rental.jpg
rss.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Home / Articles / Columnists / Projects to Improve your Home /  Windows Need New Sills
. . . . . . .
Monday, October 3,2011

Windows Need New Sills

By Roger Zona  

Question:

I had new windows installed but now the inside sills look shabby. They are ceramic tile and the grout is gray. Can I replace the sills?

Answer:

In place of ceramic tile, marble became the material of choice. It is easy to install, easy to care for and is very durable. Ordinary household tools are all that is necessary for the weekend warrior. A masonry chisel may help getting the old mortar out.

Marble costs about 10 per square inch. So – if you need a sill 4” deep x 36” long the material will cost: 144 sq. in. x 10 = $14.40. Using the same calculation, a 5” deep x 36” long sill will cost $18.00. Now add to those prices the cost of ready to mix mortar and caulking. Each 3ft sill will take about 11/2 hours to remove the old tile and install the new sill.

First remove the existing sills from all the windows. Be careful to avoid damaging the window frame. Use a chisel to remove the old mortar and clean out as much as possible. Next identify each window and make note of all the dimensions. Measure the opening width at the sill line and allow 1/8” at each end for caulking. Measure the sill depth and allow about 1/2” overhang. Remember, measure twice – cut once. Buy your marble cut to your exact measurements.


Don’t mix more mortar than you plan on using in two hours. Trowel the mortar onto the cleaned sill. A thin layer is all that is needed – about 1/2” to 3/4” thick. Place the new piece of marble in place and, with a level on the sill, tap the marble to gently push it in place. Next use a thin bead of water soluble caulking material. As an extra precaution, it doesn’t hurt to seal the marble with a wax or “marble sealer”.

 

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 

Also in Projects to Improve your Home:

 
Close
Close
Close