So, you’re trying to answer what to expect when replacing windows and during the installation?
Before the window installation phase, you’ll have screened local contractors and compared pricing and reviews; chosen colors, gridlines, window style, brand, and hardware. However, if you’re still looking for a contractor, use Harvey’s ProZone tool. With ProZone, you can find, compare, and get quotes from pros in your community. Check out The Kick-Starter Guide to Window Replacement Projects for help with the other decisions.
But, once the initial legwork is done, here are five things to expect during window installation.
1. Home prep
Your installer team will show up on time and ready to roll. Here’s how to prepare:
- The installers will use drop cloths and padding to protect your belongings inside the home. You can also move furniture away from the windows to ensure their safety.
- Remove flower boxes or other blocking items on the outside of your home — trim hedges to provide easier access.
- Turn off any security features you have on your windows. We don’t want ADT rushing over for a false alarm!
- Remove window treatments like curtains, blinds, and sheers.
- Reconfirm with the correct windows for replacing with the installers.
2. Replacement Window Installation Process
The installation process of a replacement window is rather simple – more so than you might assume.
- First, installers cut any ropes in the sash of your old windows (if they’re present, this step may not be necessary with all windows.) They’ll remove interior window stops (small pieces of trim that run along the jamb,) and carefully pry out the old windows.
- Next, the crew will ensure the opening is level by using a thin strip of material called a shim. Installers will loosely fasten the window within the opening so they can test operation. Ensuring windows are plumb and square is crucial; windows not leveled will operate inefficiently.
- Then, the installers securely fasten the windows into the opening. The stops are reinstalled to their original positions and caulked.
- Lastly, your exterior trim will be installed to protect the window from moisture and to provide a tight seal.
Depending on how many windows, the crew could finish within a day. Now that’s fast!
Expect these steps when replacing windows, not for a full renovation. Some contractors refer to that as tear-out or new construction installation, and it requires more steps.
3. Additional Labor
During the consultation and measurement phase, your installer may have noticed additional labor expected for your window installation. Additional labor tasks include fixing rot, modifying window stops, and cutting mull posts. These tasks are crucial to ensuring your installation goes smoothly. It will also ensure your windows operate and insulate properly.
Expect the installers to work on this either before, or after replacing windows. Most often, these necessary adjustments can be identified before installation. Though, sometimes the old window must be removed to notice any damage.
4. Walk Through & Inspection
Walkthrough and inspect windows after installation. You should only sign off on the job if you feel delighted, with no remaining questions or concerns. If you’re working with the right installer, they’ll swiftly fix any issues. They will also sweep the work area and remove debris and extra material. The best contractors will leave your home cleaner than it was before they came.
Ask questions, and be sure to understand the warranty before purchasing. A contractor focused on customer service can explain it and will follow up a few days later to make sure you’re happy with the product. Expect your replacement window installation to be a smooth process. But, in the unlikely event of a functional issue, your warranty may cover the window at no cost.
Harvey provides industry-leading warranties that guarantee your windows remain free of material defects. Harvey’s standard warranty covers your window parts and mechanisms for life. Some Elite Dealers provide lifetime glass coverage from defects and accidental glass breakage.
For accidents or things not covered by warranty or installer, Harvey dedicated field service department will assist with product issues.
The best part? We all want the same result
Your goal is to receive a set of flawless, custom-built Harvey windows that look and operate as expected. Keep these tips handy, and you should expect a window installation process that’s easy, painless, and quick.