How to Remove Window Frames

Home repairs can be a daunting chore that requires skill, expensive tools and hours of time.

But don't panic. Not all DIY repairs have to be difficult. Some can be relatively easy, and executed in minutes. Read more to learn how to remove window frames in less than 30 minutes.

Start from inside the home. Remove the storm window.

Go outside to remove the window frame. Remove all screws and check for those hidden beneath paint and mold.

Use a drill to back the screws from the window frame. Remove the screws completely.

Apply light pressure to the window frame. If frame does not move, use a hammer to gently nudge from its setting. Remove frame from the window.

Return to the inside of the home. Use a knife to carefully cut the paint and caulk located between the sash stop and window casing.

Loosen the sash stops. Remove the upper sash, lower sash and window crack in one smooth motion.

Remove the parting strip using a pair of pliers. This task completes the removal of the window frame.

Things You Will Need

  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection goggles


  • Always use caution when handling a hammer or pliers.


  • Consult a professional prior to any DIY repair or maintenance work.

About the Author

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.