Even the best-performing door is only as good as its installation. So to truly get the benefits you expect from your project – like improved comfort, energy savings, peace and quiet, and security – you’ll need to find an experienced door installer.
Who you choose to install your windows and doors is an important consideration, because even the best products will only perform as well as they’re installed.
The goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident during the installation process.
Here are some choices to consider.
If you’re a skilled DIYer, you could install your windows and doors yourself, based on your experience and comfort level in tackling similar home improvement projects.
You’ll want to make sure you have the time and tools available for installation.
If you’re not sure whether you can complete the project alone, stores like Lowe’s offer installation by independent contractors for the windows and doors you buy there.
Another option is to hire an independent replacement contractor.
A few things to consider when choosing a contractor include their experience level with window replacement projects similar to yours, company reputation and Pella installation training.
Don’t have a trusted contractor? Pella Certified Contractors are an elite group of independent remodeling professionals, certified and selected by Pella.
They’re trusted by homeowners like you to provide the customer service and craftsmanship that will meet the standards of an industry leader.
Installation by Pella Expert Installers is available exclusively through your local Pella showroom.
These courteous and meticulous professionals are re-certified annually and lead a team of installers who leave your home cleaner than when they arrived — and will likely finish your project in as little as a day.
Plus, they back their work for up to 10 years with an installation warranty and service agreement.
The right installer effects the investment you’ve made in your beautiful new windows and doors, and helps ensure you’ll have a view you love for years.
There are a number of ways to find an installer that can bring your beautiful new view to life. If you have experience working on other home improvement projects, your installer could be you.
Go with the manufacturer’s installers
If you choose a door manufacturer’s professionals, you’ll benefit from having a team of expert installers who have been professionally certified to install their own brand of doors.
Hire an independent contractor
A good contractor’s business will be based largely on recommendations from other customers. Choose one that has been trained and certified to install your specific brand of doors.
Work with your local home improvement store
Most local and national home improvement stores partner with subcontractors to install replacement doors. With any contractor you use, make sure you ask these 8 important questions .
Do It Yourself
If you’re an experienced DIYer and confident you can handle the job on your own, make sure to research all of the steps and purchase all of the necessary door installation tools and materials.
There are two main types of installation:
Pocket installation: The new door slides neatly into the existing frame. Installation can typically be completed in about an hour per door. With , you're limited to the size of the existing opening.
Full-frame installation: The entire existing door is removed, including the frame and trim. The new door is installed in a new frame, along with new insulation and trim. This method provides greater design flexibility because the size and shape of the opening can be changed to accommodate an entirely new style of door. is more time- and labor-intensive and requires work both inside and outside the home.
You’re making a big investment in your home, so you have the right to expect a high level of service from your door installers. The most experienced professionals will do the following on installation day to make the process easy for you:
Before your installers arrive, there are a few basic things you should do to get your home ready.
Move any furniture and decorations away from the door being replaced. Most professionals are used to working around home furnishings, but it never hurts to give them more space.
If you have young children or pets, make arrangements to keep them in a safe place away from the work area.
Scheduling an in-home consultation
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Selecting an installation partner
See how a single company can help you select, install and service your new windows and doors.
Finding the best warranty
Review the 5 questions that will help you find the best warranty for your windows and doors.
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