What to Expect During a Window Replacement

By: Architectural Visions

Replacing your windows is a big step toward improving your curb appeal, energy efficiency, interior aesthetic, among other benefits. However, after you’ve made your selections, measured the openings and ordered the windows, it’s time to prepare your home to ensure a smooth installation. If you’re wondering what you need to do during your window replacement, read on to learn what you need to do to prepare your home, what will happen during the installation, and what needs to happen after the installation process is complete.

Key Takeaways

  • Installation time varies depending on the size of the windows and on how many windows are installed, the size of the crew, and the weather.
  • Preparing your home ahead of time will help make the installation process go smoothly
  • Preparing your home for a window installation includes removing window treatments like shades or blinds, and moving nearby breakable objects to a safe location
  • Windows are installed one window at a time

What to expect from the crew

The installation time of your new windows will depend on the scope of the project. Window replacement jobs can take several hours to several days to complete, pending weather delays or unexpected repairs. Factors may include the number of windows, the shape of the windows, or specialty windows. As an approximate number, an average-sized window can take about an hour to replace.

The scope of your window installation process will also determine how large the crew will be. For example, if you’re only replacing several smaller windows, you may only have a few installers on the job. On the other hand, there may be a larger crew if it’s a whole house project.

What to expect during preparation

The windows may arrive at your house several days before the installation crew comes, or the team may arrive with the windows. If the windows are delivered before installation day, you should have a secure space available to store them, such as a garage or shed. When delivered, inspect the windows thoroughly to ensure they are not damaged and that they are the correct windows you ordered.

If you don’t have the space to store the windows, the crew should bring them on the installation day. If the window replacement project is for a large house with many windows, a dumpster may be needed to dispose of the debris from the old windows.

Preparing your home before the installation technicians arrive will create a smooth installation day. If you have pets, it’s a good idea to make alternative arrangements for them, so they are not underfoot during the installation process.

To prepare the space for installation, remove the window treatments, such as shades, blinds, shutters, curtains, from all the windows being replaced. Additionally, you should remove any breakable items, like lamps, picture frames, art and shelf items, and items close to the windows, like plants or furniture pieces.  The crew should come equipped with drop cloths, but you can also remove any rugs to safeguard against potential damage. All windows should have an easy access path so the installation technicians can focus on installing the windows. Exterior barriers such as hose reels, window boxes, etc., should also be cleared. The installation technicians should have enough room for ladder access to the upstairs windows.

What to expect during installation

On the installation day, the installation crew should have ample space to enter and exit the house. When the team arrives, they will assess the space and advise you to move any additional items, then prep the area with a drop cloth and the appropriate protective coverings.

The crew will remove the old windows and install the replacements individually. This process happens one window at a time to ensure that heat or air conditioning doesn’t escape the house, and to be sure that the house isn’t left exposed in case any unforeseen issues arise.

If you’re replacing the windows with inserts, there will be minimal disruption to the trim because the window utilizes much of the original framing. However, if a full window replacement is required, the interior and exterior trim will need to be replaced.

The installation crew will dispose of the old windows.

What to expect when the project is complete

After the new windows are installed, inspect every window before the installation crew leaves. Points to inspect include scratches or dents on the wihttps://www.irs.gov/instructions/i5695ndow glass, trim, sash, and frame. It’s also essential to make sure there are no gaps between the window frame and the wall. Open and close each window several times to ensure that it works smoothly.

Take the opportunity to ask any questions about the window functionality and warranty before the crew leaves. Lastly, store the warranty information and window labels in a safe place, in case you need to refer to it at a later date.

Installing new windows is a project you won’t have to take on more than one or two times at a single residence, so brushing up on the preparation steps is a helpful way to ensure you’re prepared on window installation day.  Whether it’s the first time you’re installing windows or you’re familiar with the process, ensuring your home is ready for window replacements will make the process go smoothly.

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