Today’s windows are made so well and last so long that you’ll likely only need to replace your windows once or twice in your lifetime. To ensure things go as smoothly as possible, read on to learn what to expect during the window installation process, how you can get ready for it, and your role as your windows are being replaced.
How to Get Ready for the Window Replacement Process
If you will do a few things before your installation team arrives, it will help the process to go more smoothly.
Call and confirm your installation date and time
Contact your contractor to ensure you are both planning on the same date and time for your installation to begin.
Keep an eye on the weather as your installation date approaches
The weather elements can impact the timing of your installation. If bad weather is in the forecast, reach out to your contractor and find out what to expect as far as any scheduling adjustment.
If some of your windows have special instructions, tape them on the window
Perhaps you live in a historic home and you don’t want all your windows to be replaced. Over-communicate and you will ensure that no mishaps occur. Put your instructions in writing, and make them easy to spot.
Make special arrangements for young children and pets
For the safety of your young children and pets, make arrangements for them to be somewhere else during the installation process.
The Window Replacement Process
At Craftsman Exterior Remodeling, we think of manners along the way. That’s why we notify your neighbors of your upcoming installation—so you can have peace of mind that your neighbors are being treated with respect as well. To eliminate project delays, we take every aspect of your replacement window installation into consideration before estimating accurate dates.
1. Meet with the project manager or lead person
When the replacement window team arrives, connect with the project manager and walk through your home together. Review the plan for your windows and ensure you are both on the same page. Any discrepancies will be more easily remedied at this point rather than after work is complete.
2. Your current windows will be carefully removed
The team will lay down drop cloths to safeguard your flooring from damage. The crew will gently remove your old windows and place them outside to dispose of them properly. If you want them, periodically pick them up from the pile the crew makes and place them in your garage or an obscure place so they aren’t hauled off.
3. Replacement windows will be set in place and leveled
Next, new windows are set into place and leveled with shims. And then, your replacement windows are meticulously nailed into place for you to enjoy for years to come.
If your window replacement project isn’t complete in one day, the installation team will get things back in order at the end of the day. No tools will be left behind, rooms will be swept, and your old windows will be out of the way.
5. Optional trim installation
Once all your new windows are installed, if you have included trim work in your new window installation, the team will work outside to place trim around your new windows. This cladding delivers a tight seal, safeguarding your home from moisture intrusion.
6. Quality checklist
Your new windows will be tested to ensure they open and close with ease.
7. Final walkthrough
At Craftsman Exterior Remodeling, we guarantee 100% satisfaction. You can rely on a final walkthrough. If there is anything else we can do, we take care of it at that time. And at the end of each project, we recycle anything that can possibly be recycled to help improve the neighborhood we live in.
What to Do When Your Windows Are Being Replaced
Don’t try to manage the crew
The best thing to do when your windows are being replaced is to not manage the crew installing them. You did your research before choosing which contractor to hire, so trust them to do the work with precision, and give them the space they need to perform at their best. If your office is out of the home, or if you decide to be home while your windows are being replaced, camp out in the first room they complete so you are out of their way.
Extend kindness in practical ways
There’s no need to provide food for the work crews (they will take a lunch break and get their own), but it is a nice gesture to have bottled water on hand and offer it to them.
Be easily accessible by phone
If the contractor has a question or an issue to run by you, they need to be able to reach you easily. Provide a phone number where they can access you throughout the installation process should they need anything.
Use common sense with your fragile items
If you have fragile items located near your windows, relocate them temporarily while your windows are being replaced.
Get Gorgeous New Windows Installed to Perfection for Your Indy Home
Now that you understand the window installation process, getting your new windows will be a breeze. At Craftsman Exterior Remodeling, we don’t leave you in the dark. We are all about communication. You will get emails or text messages updating you along the way as your window installation project progresses, so you are well informed throughout the process.
We prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to remodeling, and our attention to detail is unmatched. We focus on the small things other contractors overlook and take our time so we can deliver the best possible outcome for you. Learn more about how our window services can enhance your home’s beauty, deliver expansive views, and protect your home from the elements.