The process of window replacement involves much more than just removing the old window and fitting a new one into the hole. It’s a meticulous procedure that even when performed by a professional contractor, requires careful planning, knowledgeable and precise execution, and a thorough cleanup.
If you’re considering undertaking the process of window replacement, here’s a step-by-step guide on what the process will entail. When you work with a professional contractor you’ll have expert guidance for every step of the process, but when you DIY you’ll generally have to use any available resources to find solutions to unexpected or unanticipated problems.
Initial Assessment and Measurements
The first step in the process of window replacement is to make an initial assessment of the current windows and the surrounding structure. This assessment will determine if there is a likelihood for additional issues to come up during installation, like the removal of rotted structural components. Following the assessment, the existing windows will need to be measured to ensure a seamless fit. This measurement stage is critical.
Window Selection and Customization
Next, you’ll need to pick your window. This can be complex and even overwhelming without professional help. However, working with a contractor, they will be able to lay out all of the various manufacturer options and styles that would fit your application. Once the window is selected, the finish and color are chosen from available options.
Removal of Old Windows
After the new windows have been built and shipped to the contractor, they will remove the old windows. This step will require intense attention to detail and meticulous care to avoid damaging the surrounding wall and window frame. The window is detached from the frame and is safely disposed of.
Installation of New Windows
Out with the old, in with the new. The new windows fit the openings created by the removal of the old windows. The windows must be installed completely level and plumb so that they will be able to operate as intended and without any binding or sticking. The window is checked for smooth operation and proper alignment, and all remaining gaps or spaces around the new window are caulked or otherwise sealed.
Final Inspection and Cleanup
Once the installation is complete, the window needs to be checked and inspected one final time to ensure proper operation and movement. This is important since the window may shift during the final stages, and needs to remain absolutely level and straight. If you’re working with a contractor, the contractor will conduct the final inspection with you, and will then clean the area and remove all debris created during the project.
This is something you only get when you work with a professional. After your professional installation, your contractor will provide any post-service support that’s needed to resolve any issues that may pop up down the road.
All-Star Products Can Be Your Expert Local Window Installer
If you’re reading this and thinking that the process of window replacement sounds a little daunting for the average DIYer, you’re not alone. Leveraging professional help for your window replacement project is far more common than attempting it yourself, and leads to a much more reliable and consistent result.
By working with All-Star, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your window is being installed with a systematic and detail-focused process that leads the industry in customer satisfaction. Reach out to All-Star today for more information on replacement windows, or to schedule your new window quote.