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What to Expect During Your Window Installation

3 min read

You’ve set an appointment for replacement window installation. Now what? Most homeowners only go through this process once or twice in a lifetime, so if you have no idea what to expect, you’re in good company. While every situation is unique, here are the basic expectations for an appointment with your window installers.

Before Your Installation

Strip Your Windows

Remove any drapes, shades, and blinds before the installers arrive, so they’ll have easy access to each window. If you have plants, picture frames, or other decorations on the window sill, you’ll want to move those out of the way, too.

Clear a Path

Your installers need a clear path to your windows, both indoors and out. Inside your home, remove toys, furniture, rugs, lamps, and any breakable items. Outside your home, clear potential obstacles like barbecue grills, flower pots, outdoor toys, and patio furniture. You want to move anything that could cause delay or harm.

Protect Your Space

It’s safe to expect cutting, caulking, and painting with this project. Drop cloths will protect your floors and furniture inside, and your flower beds and other landscaping outside.

Designate Access for Installers

Decide in advance which doors the crew will use to enter and exit your home. Communicate this information with the installers before they arrive.

Make Arrangements for Children and Pets

Be sure to make prior arrangements for your children and/or pets before the installation to keep them—and our installation team—safe.

During the Installation

Walkthrough With the Installer

Before work begins, complete a quick walk-through with the installer to go over each window that needs to be replaced. Be sure the correct windows were delivered and everyone knows which windows to address.

Check the Window Labels

Double-check the labels on your new windows. If you ordered ENERGY STAR® qualified windows, but the labels read otherwise, you’ll want to have this addressed before work begins.

Old Windows Will be Replaced

Depending on the size of the job, you will more than likely have a crew of several people in your home. One group of installers will remove windows as the others bring in new ones. Periodically, old windows are moved outside. Window World does one-for-one replacements, which means windows are removed and replaced at the same time. Other than unforeseen circumstances, there should not be an instance where an installer has moved on to another window and left an opening with no window.

Installers Will Add Exterior Cladding

The installers will add an exterior trim to your windows. The trim, or cladding, is designed to provide a weathertight seal.

Be Available

Don’t hesitate to ask questions and be involved in your project, but avoid hovering or micromanaging the crew, which can impede progress. Be confident in the installers’ ability to do their job well. They may not need your input at all during the installation process.

Be Prepared For the Unexpected

Broken glass, cracked backsplash tile, the discovery of existing water damage — these things are rare but can happen. You can’t plan for every mishap that may occur during a renovation, so it’s best to go into the situation prepared for whatever happens.

After the Installation

Test Your Windows

Take time to open, close, lock, and unlock each new window as soon as possible. If you notice any issues, the sooner you report them to the window company, the better.

Ensure Your House is Clean

This doesn’t mean your home will be dirt- and dust-free, but the crew should have taken care to leave your house as close to the way they found it as possible. Keep in mind that after having an entire crew of people in and out of your home, as well as intermittent exposure to outdoor elements, you’ll probably need a deeper cleaning than the one they provide.

Check For Windows or Tools Left Behind

Check to make sure the old windows have been removed from outside your home and that the crew didn’t forget any tools or materials.

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