Window replacement is a process that involves a number of factors. It may seem rather complicated for a homeowner like you, and you may be easily overwhelmed by all the details, but don’t fret. As with any home improvement project, there’s always some room for error and everything will be fine if you at least know the basics involved. One surefire way to avoid big and costly window replacement mistakes is to educate yourself about the process itself.
The window replacement process starts even before your window contractor comes knocking at your door with your new windows. If your contractor performs these pre-installation measures, you can be assured of a smooth-sailing project.
• Custom measurements. The window contractor’s factory-trained representatives must take custom measurements ahead of the scheduled replacement job to guarantee that the new windows fit the openings, and that the succeeding steps will be performed properly.
• Window crew arrival. Once the measurements have been taken, your windows will be designed and the window crew will arrive at your house, bringing all needed materials, tools, and equipment.
• Preparing your home. To reduce stress and eliminate complications, the window crew must move valuables and furniture away from the work area or areas.
Once the team has set up in your home, it’s time for the actual replacement window installation.
• Removal of old windows. The window contractor should be able to remove the old windows without causing any damage to your home and belongings.
• Installation of new windows. The crew will fit the replacement windows into the opening. In case any of the surfaces is no longer level, which is common in older homes, they will perform the necessary steps to make it level, and to ensure a perfect fit. Once the replacement windows are set, their operation will be tested.
• Weatherproofing the home. Gaps around the window must be sealed, usually with an insulating foam. This will ensure that your windows are weatherproof, and your home’s energy efficiency is enhanced.
To wrap up the window replacement project, a reliable contractor will usually do the following:
• Finishing touches. The insulating foam applied to seal and weatherproof your new window may not instantly match the look of your home. By applying trims with matching style and color, your new windows will become more aesthetically pleasing. The trims also serve as a water-resistant insulator.
• Area cleanup and project finalization. Window replacements usually come covered with a protective film when delivered. The last step involves the removal of this film to reveal the real shine and beauty of the new windows. Furthermore, the crew should also clean the work area and dispose of any waste properly.
Now that you already know about the ideal window replacement process, it’s time to learn about the window features that guarantee quality and value. Stay tuned for the next post as we discuss them!