Window Installation That Fits
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How Window Installation Works
The importance of proper window installation.
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 window installer.
4 window installation options.
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 window manufacturer’s professionals, you’ll benefit from having a team of expert installers who have been professionally certified to install their own brand of windows.
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 windows.
Work with your local home improvement store. Most local and national home improvement stores partner with subcontractors to install replacement windows. 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 window installation tools and materials.
2 window installation methods.
Pocket installation: Only the sash of the old window (the part that holds the glass) is removed. The new window slides neatly into the existing frame. Installation can typically be completed in about an hour per window. With pocket replacement, you're limited to the size of the existing opening.
Full-frame installation: The entire window is removed, including the frame and trim. The new window 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 window. Full-frame replacement is more time- and labor-intensive and requires work both inside and outside the home.
What to Expect on Installation Day
Taking the mystery out of the window installation process.
You’re making a big investment in your home, so you have the right to expect a high level of service from your window installers. The most experienced professionals will do the following on installation day to make the process easy for you:
- Review the window installation plan with you.
- Cover their work area with drop cloths to help protect your space.
- Carefully remove your old windows.
- Contain their work space so there’s little to no disruption to your home.
- Finish your window with interior/exterior trim, and add the necessary hardware.
- Keep you updated on the status throughout the day.
- Clean up after themselves, leaving work area cleaner than when they arrived.
- Haul away your old windows.
How to Prepare for a Window Installation
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 window 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.
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