It’s exciting to have new windows installed, but the excitement may be replaced by disappointment if you’re not prepared for installation day. Unlike appliances where you can just rely on the delivery people to do everything, windows require quite a bit more work to install. As such, you’ll need to prepare your home for the installation process to flow smoothly.
What exactly do you need to do before and on window replacement day? In this article, we’ll discuss the actual installation process and how you can help ensure that the installation is a success.
Before Replacement Day
If there is something wrong with your windows–either they’ve been damaged or have simply fallen out of style–then you might have made the decision to have them replaced. However, replacing a window isn’t as simple as going to the store and picking out the window you like. You’ll need to go through a few steps to ensure that you pick the right window.
LOOK FOR YOUR WINDOWS: The first step in preparing for window replacement is deciding on what type of replacement windows you want for your home.
- Decide on the exact type of replacement window you’ll need
There are many different kinds of replacement windows. You might find it confusing to choose the best type for your home. To make sure you pick out a suitable one, choose a window design that complements the architectural style of your home.
As much as possible, choose a window the same size as the one you’re replacing. If you intend to replace it with one that’s larger or smaller, be prepared for the additional costs to resize the hole in the wall.
- Find a reliable contractor
In some cases, the distributor you purchased the window from will also be the contractor with the most qualified team to install the window. If not, then you’ll need to find a reliable contractor. It’s best you contact only local contractors, or those with an office in your area with the necessary permits and licenses to operate.
- Have the contractor obtain measurements for your new window
Once you have a window design in mind, have the contractor perform an inspection to validate that the design is suitable. Next, have them take the right measurements for your window. Your contractor should understand the work involved and come to your home prepared with all the tools and equipment they may need.
PREPARE YOUR HOME: Covering and moving furniture and other items away from the installation area is necessary.
- Prepare your home for replacement day
When replacement day comes around, you’ll have very little time to prepare your home. It’s best to do the preparation at least a day before.
You’ll need to ensure that the area where the new window is to be installed is free of any furniture, appliances, or any object that can become an obstruction.
In some buildings and communities, replacing a window will require a permit from the building management or community officials. Find out if you need to obtain such permits in your area.
You’ll also need to know where the contractor can dispose of the old window. Old windows need to be disposed of properly as they can become hazardous, especially if there is any broken glass.
Last, make sure that you’re around during replacement day to assist the contractors in case they need anything. Keep in mind that should there be any damage to the wall where the window is to be installed, the contractor will need to repair that damage, and may need to have you there for approval.
During Replacement Day
The installation process may differ from one contractor to another, but will usually center around the following tasks:
- Clearing the installation area
If you failed to prepare the area before the contractor arrives, they’ll need to clear the area themselves. This takes additional time. Moreover, be aware that the contractor will not be liable for any damage to furniture or appliances that they’ll need to move to gain access to the window.
- Removing the old window
Once the area is cleared, the contractor will proceed to remove the old window. Any damage to the wall will be revealed during this process.
- Repair any damage to the wall
In the event that the contractor discovers minor damage to the wall, they may be able to repair it right then and there. The time it’ll take to repair the damage will depend on the type of wall and the materials they’ll need to perform the repairs. However, if the problem is extensive, your window replacement contractor may not be equipped to perform major construction work.
- Install the new window
If the contractor doesn’t need to increase or reduce the size of the hole in the wall, then installation shouldn’t take too much time.
- Ensure the quality of installation
Once the replacement window has been installed, the contractor will ensure that everything is securely in place and that all the mechanisms are functioning as they should.
WEATHERPROOFING AND INSULATION: The window replacement process will not be complete without the application of proper and sufficient weatherproofing and insulation material.
- Installing weatherproofing
Even though the new window has been measured to fit almost exactly, there will still be small gaps between the window and the wall. To fill in those gaps, the contractor will install or apply weatherproofing materials.
- Perform any finishing touches
The new window may look great, but what will make it look even better are the finishing touches. The contractor will install trims that will make the window look even more beautiful.
- Clearing up
After installation, the contractor will remove any debris and clean up the mess. Everything including furniture or appliances removed prior to the installation will be returned to their rightful places. Most contractors will strive to leave the premises cleaner than when they first arrived.
- Inspect the new window
Once the contractor is done with the installation, they’ll have you inspect their work. Don’t be afraid to point out any faults or installation mistakes that may cause concern, even if you’re unsure whether there really is anything wrong. Be sure to ask the contractor your questions and bring up any concerns you may have about the new window or its installation.
The bottom line is, no matter how much preparation you’ve done, successful window replacement will all come down to your choice of contractor. If you work with a reliable window replacement company, you won’t have to worry about how the project turns out.
About the Author
Lance Schepps is president and general manager of Renewal by Andersen® of Los Angeles. Lance is committed to helping clients make their homes more energy-efficient, comfortable and beautiful. He believes that the first step to achieving these goals is to help homeowners make smart window replacement decisions. Check out the company blog for more of Lance’s tips, industry news and company updates.