At some point in every homeowner’s life, windows throughout the property will need replacement. Most homeowners lack any experience dealing with the window replacement process. If you’ve ever wanted to understand more in-depth details about the window replacement process, read to discover more!
The Replacement Process: Replacing windows —especially if the affected area is throughout the entirety of your property— can be a highly invasive process. Workers will require access to every affected area of your home, which can easily unbalance your daily routines. It is important to know who will be in charge of the installation and ask about their certifications and references. There is some disruption and noise associated with replacing windows. However, you are not required to vacate the home during installation. You should receive a clear timeline for the completion of the project before it begins.
Before Arrival: Before the replacement window installers arrive, be sure to thoroughly prepare the home and review all of the essential details of the process. Confirm the installation time and date with the company you are schedule with and leave visual reminders —such as through the use of StickyNotes— around the home to convey essential information to the workers. Before work begins you will need to deactivate any alarm systems connected to your windows, trimming shrubs or other landscaping that might be in the way of your windows, clearing the work area of any fragile or delicate items, and covering furniture.
The First Day: On the first day of the window replacement process, be sure to introduce yourself to the foreman of the job and alert them to any crucial information regarding your home. Carefully discuss the upcoming process and review any details before installation, in order to catch any potential errors. Verify that the work team is using drop clothes in your home so that your interior is protected from potential damage. At this point, the crew generally splits into a removal and installation team. At the end of the first day, it’s a good idea to request that no windows be left boarded up halfway through removal and installation.
Final Days: In the final days of the window replacement and installation process, installers will continue removing and replacing the old windows. Once all of the windows are in place, the exterior trim is installed on the new windows. This trim seals your windows against the weather; however, some contracts do not include this portion of the service.
After this, the house is lightly cleaned and all of the new windows are tested. For smaller homes, the removal and installation process should generally take around two days. Larger homes can occasionally require three days to complete the full window replacement process.
By carefully understanding the entire window replacement process, homeowners can feel more at east when letting a team of installers into their home for a multiple day installation. When deciding upon a contracting team to replacement the windows in your home, be sure to select a professional team that you can highly trust!