Window replacement is not as complicated as roof replacement. But knowing the process can nevertheless help you anticipate unexpected changes and keep your project on track.
After the contract is signed, and the downpayment is paid, your window replacement contractor will need a week or two to order the new windows from the manufacturer. During this time, your contractor will ask you to prepare your home by clearing the areas around the windows as well as mark a path for the installers. Your window contractor will call at least a day ahead of installation to remind you of the appointment.
Window installation usually requires no more than two installers, even when installation involves specialty products like high impact windows. After arrival, installers will lay drop cloths, cover indoor and outdoor paths, and protect surrounding landscaping. It takes less than an hour to prepare an average-sized home.
Window installers can begin installation immediately because they don’t have to remove all the old windows first. Instead, windows are removed and replaced one at a time. This process helps minimize energy loss through air leaks. This is especially beneficial for bigger-than-average homes that may require two or more days to complete window replacement.
Before installing the new windows, installers will inspect the window opening and perform repairs as needed. This is important, as the windows will need to be anchored to a structurally sound part of the wall.
After installation, all windows will undergo a strict quality inspection, which will be performed by a manufacturer representative or a quality inspector from your contractor. Anything that’s not up to installation standards will be corrected before the project is marked as complete. You may also receive a demonstration on your new windows’ features as well as tips on their care and maintenance. Your contractor will follow up in one or two days to complete warranty registration and collect remaining payments.