You’ve done the hard work of interviewing window contractors, discovering the value of replacement windows, and choosing your contractor. You’ve taken the leap and made detailed decisions on everything from window styles and frames to energy-saving features and hardware—and installation day is swiftly approaching.
Since you may only replace your home’s windows once or twice in your lifetime, read on to learn what to expect when installation day arrives:
Window Installation 101
As your window installation day draws near, take a look at the weather forecast and reschedule if necessary. If you can be at home during your installation, that can help in case the crew has any questions, so schedule the day out of the office if possible.
It’s a kind gesture to have bottled water on hand for the crew, but realize you can leave it at that. There’s no need to prepare meals or anything elaborate.
Tape a note on windows that won’t be replaced to ensure there are no misunderstandings. Be sure to plan for your children and pets to be cared for during your window installation, and take the steps to ensure your home and yard are ready for the installers to get to your windows.
There are two types of window replacements: insert replacement and full frame replacement.
- Insert replacement—A pocket window replacement is different than a full frame replacement. Instead of removing the window frame (like in full frame replacement), the pocket window fits inside your existing window frame. This is also referred to as a pocket replacement.
- Full frame replacement—The installation crew removes the window and its frame. They get down to the original opening and replace everything from insulation to your window.
Meet the contractor’s point person
Walk through your home with the lead person, reviewing the specifics for each window replacement. If you work from a home office, coordinate when they will replace your window.
Ensure your property is protected
While you should have made a path to your windows in each room, moving heavy furniture out of the way before their arrival, make sure the installation team places drop cloths throughout your home to protect your possessions and prevent dust and dirt accumulation on your furniture.
Installers will remove your current windows
As one part of the crew removes your windows, the remaining members will bring your new windows into your home.
Window frame preparation
For full-frame replacements, once the window, frame, and trim have been removed, your installer will see if there is any damage that needs to be repaired before installing your new window. InsertPocket replacements won’t get down to the rough opening and won’t need the same preparation.
Edges will be sealed to prevent water and outdoor air from entering your home. Once sealed, the opening will be insulated to increase your energy efficiency.
New windows are set in place
Your beautiful replacement windows are fitted in place and leveled with shims. Once your windows are leveled, they are secured into place with nails.
Old windows are disposed of
Unless you want to keep your old windows and move them out of the way during the installation process, installers will take your current windows out of your home to keep their work area clean.
Exterior trim is added
If you include it in your replacement window plan the exterior trim will be done after your windows are installed. Exterior trim or cladding will be added, delivering a tight seal against the elements.
Once your replacement windows are fitted in place, the crew will clean up the work area, removing all drop cloths.
The installation crew will walk through your home with you so you can take a look at the finished product. They will do a quality check and demonstrate how to operate your windows properly. The lead team member will ensure your satisfaction with the finished product, and you can start enjoying your new windows!
Transform Your Home with Stunning New Windows
At Beissel Window & Siding we care about your Twin Cities home so when we install windows, we put down tarps, wear footies over our shoes, and make sure we clean up after ourselves so you don’t have to.
Take a look at how our window services can spruce up your home.