Your replacement window is now ready, but not quite yet! There are still a few finishing touches that the installation crew has to do, including:
Weatherproofing your home…
No matter how good your windows fit, there will always be some small amount of space between the window frame and the opening in your wall. Custom-fitted and –designed windows leave much less of a gap than you might have with another product, but it’s a gap nonetheless. To address this issue, insulating foam will be placed around your window, turning it airtight. Depending on the installation crew you’re working with, it’s possible that they may have their own specially designed insulating foam to seal those gaps perfectly.
…and covering up the foam
Insulating foam is a great weatherstripping ally but it’s not exactly known for its beauty. Good thing that it’s usually covered up! After they are done applying insulating foam, the installation crew move on to installing trims on your window. As it covers insulating foam, trim also serve as a water-resistant barrier that protects foam insulation from moisture exposure.
Insulating foam? Check. Trim? Check. The last thing that the installation crew will do is to remove the protective film over your window and polish the window glass so that it shines. Now that everything is in place, it’s time for the installation crew to clean up after themselves, removing all debris resulting from the job and moving back all furniture around the installation area. By the time they’re done, they’ll make it look like nothing even happened.
Window installation is generally a straightforward process but not a lot of homeowners know what goes into it. Knowing what to expect will give you peace of mind to help make replacing your windows an enjoyable project.