What You Can Expect During Your Window Replacement Project
By: savanna g
Replacing the windows in your home can significantly affect your home’s curb appeal, interior aesthetic, energy efficiency and more. Window replacement is a substantial home improvement project you may only experience once or twice. Learning what to expect when replacing windows can help you feel more comfortable with the project. If you’re wondering what to do during your window replacement project, read on to learn what to do when collaborating with the experts, preparing for delivery, what happens during installation and how long this project will take.
- When you’re replacing your windows, collaborating with experts is essential.
- Before installation day, it’s essential to prepare the space by removing objects near the windows to help installation day go smoothly.
- On the installation day, the crew should have ample space to enter and exit the house, and the windows should have an easy access path so the installation technicians can focus on installing the windows.
- As an estimate, an average-sized window takes approximately an hour to replace.
Collaborate with Experts
When you’re replacing your windows, collaborating with experts is essential. Working with a team of professionals will help you select the best windows to complement your home’s exterior and interior architectural style. The experts will also carefully measure the openings to ensure that the windows fit your home perfectly. Then, they will order the replacement windows, coordinate the delivery and schedule the installation date.
Prepare for Delivery
Your replacement windows may arrive at your house several days before installation day. If the windows are delivered before installation day, you should have a secure space to store them, such as a garage or shed. When delivered, inspect the windows thoroughly to ensure they are not damaged and are the correct ones you ordered. If you don’t have space to store these windows, it’s essential to indicate that when you’re ordering the windows so the crew can bring them on installation day.
Before installation day, it’s essential to prepare the space to help installation day go smoothly. This means removing all the window treatments and adjacent items such as furniture, lamps, art, shelving, or plants. Exterior barriers should also be cleared, such as window boxes and hose reels. On installation day, it’s a good idea to make alternative arrangements for your pets so they are not underfoot during the installation process.
Window Replacement Process
On the installation day, the installation crew should have ample space to enter and exit the house, and the windows should have an easy access path so the installation technicians can focus on installing the windows. In addition, the installation technicians should have enough room for ladder access to the upstairs windows. 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 that the house isn’t exposed in case any unforeseen issues arise.
If you’re replacing the windows with inserts, the trim will have minimal disruption because the window utilizes much of the original framing. However, if a complete window replacement is required, the interior and exterior trim will need to be replaced. The installation crew will dispose of the old windows. 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.
After the new windows are installed, it’s important to inspect every window before the installation crew leaves. A few details to check include:
- Look for scratches or dents on the window, glass, trim, sash, and frame.
- Check for 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 them later.
How Long Will Window Installation Take?
The installation time for your replacement windows depends on how many windows you’re replacing. A window replacement project can take several hours or several days, depending on the number of windows, the shape of the windows, weather delays, or unexpected repairs. As an estimate, an average-sized window takes approximately an hour to replace.
AVI Windows & Doors
At AVI Windows & Doors, who you choose to install your new windows is just as important as the beautiful windows that you select. AVI is your one-stop shop for all styles of windows, with in-person and online service options. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone, online, or in person at one of our locations today: