Replacing your windows isn’t something that we need to do very often, and it can mean a substantial investment. Therefore, it’s good to have an understand of what is involved in the process.
The first step is to pick the windows, this should take into account the age of the property, security, your own preferences and of course take into account the level of outside noise. For example, if you live on a very busy road, then trying to mask that noise will be of greater importance than someone living in the countryside. Likewise, if you have an older property, choosing the most modern designs could well look out of place and detract from the overall style of your home.
With that in mind, once you have decided on the type and style of your windows and employed a company to supply and fit them, here’s what you can expect to happen next.
What Happens During a Window Installation?
Here’s a step-by-step guide to how the whole window replacement process works.
1. Remove and Dispose of Old Windows
Your window company will safely remove the windows and frames for you to ensure they do not damage the interior of your home. They will ensure the proper disposal of the glass, frame, trim and sill plate.
2. Making Necessary Adjustments
After the casing has been removed your window company will check that the headers and studs are OK and that the dimensions and specifications match your new windows. They may need to make some minor adjustments, especially if the old windows had been in place for a long time.
They will also leave a gap on all sides to allow for future adjustments if required when installing the windows and insulation, so don’t be concerned if you see 2 ½ inch or an even bigger gap.
3. Installing New Windows
The window in installed from the bottom and adjusted on the way up, approaching from the outside. When in situ screws are used to keep it in place by anchoring to a surface of solid wood, some additional adjustment may be required.
Next, an additional coating of window wrap is applied so that it fully covers the surface, this helps to keep the moisture out.
An expanding foam is used to seal and insulate the window, it is used in the gaps between the window itself and the casing. The window will be protected with tape during this process. Once the foam has properly dried, it will be scraped off.
5. Exterior and Finishing Touches
Lastly, the new interior casing and trim is fitted to finish the installation. The window company will clear and clean the areas they have worked in and ensure that you are happy with the finished result.
They will hand over the window keys and explain the functionality if required before asking you to sign off the installation and leaving the property.
It is best to give yourself a day at home whilst the work is happening in case there are any questions and to help the homeowner feel more comfortable with having people working in the house. Any good window company will be able to supply testimonials and contact details for past customers, so that before engaging with them, you can be happy that you have made the right decision.