First time homeowners considering a window replacement for their property should become familiar with the window installation process. Information found in this post will provide you with a clear perspective of the many facets involved during window replacement. In addition, you will also discover tips for what to do before the installation begins to help the project run smoothly and more efficiently.
- Selection and measurements
- Acquiring permits for new window installation
- Scheduling an installation date
- Preparing your home
- Unforeseen circumstances
- Asking questions
Selection and Windows Measurements
When you contact a sales representative or window supplier, you’ll be asked a series of questions such as what type of windows you’re interested in, the style, frame material, whether you need impact-resistant window panes, glazing options, the number of windows, and price range. Your sales rep will provide you with information and schedule a date for their in-house contractor to visit your home to take measurements of the windows.
After measurements are taken and all questions are answered, your sales rep or supplier should provide you with a detailed, written estimate. Review the estimate carefully to ensure it includes the type and style of window desired and that the price covers both removal and installation, job site clean up and removal of old windows. In addition, verify with your contractor or supplier who is responsible for permits when applicable as well as the warranty period for both the windows and installation.
Acquiring Windows Permits
Check with your local building department to find out if a permit is needed for new window installation. This is usually the case if the current window opening will be modified to accommodate a different size or type of window. A permit may also be required if you live in a state considered to be in the hurricane zone located along the east coast and Gulf coast where impact-resistant windows are mandatory.
Scheduling the Windows Installation Project
The number of windows being replaced will determine the number of days the project will take. On average, expect between a two and three day timeframe to start and complete the project. This is contingent on everything running smoothly and no additional repairs needed or inclement weather interfering with the installation schedule.
Preparing for the Windows Installation to Save Time & Money
Preparing your home prior for the arrival of the crew not only saves time, it will also save you money. Extra time the crew spends on prepping your home could lead to additional costs. You can easily take care of the following prep work yourself.
- Clear a pathway to each window both indoors and outdoors. This means removing any obstacles such as flowerpots, patio chairs, barbecue grills, and toys located outside. If hedges or vines are covering the windows, trim them back so the installer can access the window easily.
- Inside—move tables, lamps, throw rugs, breakable items, wall hangings/pictures, and window dressings including drapes, blinds, or shades. You don’t want anything in the way that could slow down the crew or cause them to trip.
- Make room for the crew’s equipment so they can reach it quickly and easily.
- Since there may be cutting, caulking, and painting involved with the project, lay drop cloths over floor and furnishings for protection.
- Before the project begins, have everything in place and ready to go. For safety purposes, if you have pets, put them in a safe and secure location and keep children away from the work area.
Unforeseen Circumstances During a Windows Replacement
Be prepared for the unexpected. Nothing may arise, but until a window is removed, the contractor won’t know if there are underlying issues that need attention. This can mean an increase in the initial cost of the project.
Should weather become an issue, this can prolong the project. As a general rule, only one window is removed and replaced, at a time. This ensures that your home is not exposed to the elements, especially if the project runs over time, exposed window openings would not need to be boarded up until the crew can return.
Ask Questions – Be Involved
A professional window installer knows their business, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask questions and monitor the project.
When the contractor arrives, walk with him from room to room to ensure everything is in order. If you have any questions about the process, this would be the time to ask.
Throughout the project, be available should the contractor have any questions for you.
When the job is completed, walk through each room noting any problems or issues you may need to address with the contractor.