You want your window installation to be as seamless as possible. Being well informed can help! The steps below describe a typical window installation, but every project is different. Once a project begins, problems can arise that call for custom solutions, such as rot around your window openings that needs to be replaced. That’s why we always recommend you choose an experienced contractor who has the knowledge to handle the unexpected.
Read these six simple steps so you’ll know what to expect throughout your project.
First, a contractor will come out to your home to take measurements on the windows you want to replace. If you haven’t found a contractor yet, you can use our free service, HBP ProZone, to search for one in your area. Once your contractor places your order, it will take roughly three weeks for your windows to arrive and for the project to be underway depending on the options you’ve chosen. Your contractor will reach out to you when your windows arrive to schedule a date and time to begin installation.
Before installation begins, it’s important to protect valuables and furniture. While the installer will take necessary precautions to protect your home from debris, it’s best to clear the area around the windows, both inside and out, to make sure they are easily accessible and that none of your belongings are in harm’s way.
Once your home is protected, the installers will begin removing your old windows and installing the new ones, disposing of the old ones as they go. Your contractor will clean the opening and check to make sure there is no damage or rotting and that it is properly insulated. Depending on how many installers are on the job, one team may be responsible for removing the old windows, while another team follows with the installation. There are a variety of factors that determine the length of the installation process, but, on average, it usually takes about an hour to install a window from start to finish.
Once the installation is complete, the contractor will inspect all the new windows to make sure they are working properly and there are no problems with the window or installation. Don’t be shy! You should open, lock and tilt them yourself to be sure that everything operates well and to your satisfaction before moving along to the next step.
Exterior trim is then applied around your windows to provide a tight seal against weathering. This will add additional protection from elements that can cause rotting, drafts, and condensation.
The final step in the window replacement process is to make sure your home looks as fantastic as possible. Professional contractors and installers will go through and pick up any trash left behind, sweep, and remove all the garbage accumulated during the installation process.