A successful window replacement takes more than just careful planning. When you decide to get rid of your old and leaky windows this spring, make sure to choose energy-efficient windows that will benefit you in the long run. You’ll also need to look for a trusted window contractor who’ll guide you throughout the replacement process.
Depending on the type of window replacement, you may need to take some time off work if you want to be present during the whole installation process. It helps to schedule the installation at a favorable time, as this will likely cause a bit of inconvenience when it’s being done.
But if you’re still on the fence about whether or not your windows need to be replaced, we recommend having them done during the spring. You’ll benefit from the mild temperatures and consistent spring weather, so contractors can easily install windows with speed and efficiency. To ensure your window replacement goes smoothly and safely, roofing and window contractor Villwell Builders, LLC shares what you need to do:
Before the Installation
1.Deactivate Your Security – If you also have a security system in your home, be sure that it’s deactivated. This is especially if you have sensors in your windows, so your contractor won’t accidentally trigger the alarm. You may need to get a professional from your local home security company to disconnect the alarms and then reconnect them once the installation job’s done.
2.Clear the Area – This means anything fragile or delicate must be moved out of the way before the installation starts. If you have any furniture near your windows, be sure to set them aside to clear any obstructions. Be sure to remove anything hanging on the walls or sitting on floating shelves. Don’t forget to take down your window treatments if you’re saving them to use over your new windows.
You’ll also need to remove any obstructions between the window and front door. Be sure to clear a path between your windows and your front door so that it will be easy for your hired window replacement contractor to bring in your new windows carefully. Also, remove any curtains or blinds that are attached to the old windows to prevent damage.
If you’re replacing several windows at once, you might need to clear some space around your home as well. Make sure that there’s room outside for scaffolding, lifts and ladders, especially if you’re having the second-story windows replaced. Clear out any landscaping features such as sculptures, light fixtures, and decorations around the window area. Any patio furniture should be kept out of the way as well during the installation.
3.Make a Temporary Workspace – This is useful for your hired window and building renovation contractor so that they’ll have a place to set up their equipment. They may also need access to an electrical outlet, so the temporary workplace should be within range. If there’s going to be expected rain during the installation, you might also need to make room in your garage.
If you need to get something near the workspace, you can set a prearranged break time with the crew so that they’ll stop work and let you do what needs to be done. This is especially important since window contractors may not be fully aware of what they’re walking on, especially when they’re hauling heavy materials.
4.Keep Your Children and Pets Safe – It’s important to keep your children and pets away from the windows before they get replaced. You can do this by keeping them in a secure place either in or around your home, so long as it’s far from the work.
5.Cover Your Belongings – Make sure to cover your furniture with blankets or sheets to protect them from dust created during the installation project. We suggest moving them at least four to six feet away from the window openings that will be worked on.
Outdoor items and landscaping features also need to be covered to protect them during the installation process. For instance, if you have flowers planted below the windows that are to be replaced, cover them with a tarp to protect them from dusty frames, drywall debris and old paint and glue.
During the Installation
Once the window replacement contractors arrive at your home, you need to show them where they can park and set up their equipment. While the workers unload the truck and get set up, make sure that they’re able to explain what will happen during the installation process. You can also check out each of the window openings to see if the replacement windows are in the right size and configuration.
Make sure that you point out any landscaping or other things that must be protected during installation. You can try to save your old windows or trim if you wish to do so, but it may be better to throw them out unless you have a definitive use for them. If something happens during the installation, there’s no need to worry. Your installer will know what to do when this happens and will contact their office to devise the best way to resolve the issue.
Once everything has been discussed, you can leave the window contractors to do their work. You can still be present during the installation if you want to, but if you need to leave, let the workers know of your plans before you go and exchange phone numbers in case anything happens.
After the Installation
After the window installation, make time to put everything back in place. The workers will also walk you through all the new windows and show you how they’ll be operated. They’ll make sure if you’re satisfied with the installation and answer any of your concerns before they pack up and leave.
If you planned for a clean-up, let the workers take care of disposing of the old windows and any debris generated from the job. But if you’re going to do it yourself, we suggest arranging for a dumpster to be delivered to the site to clear the area from hazards.
If you’re looking for a reliable window and building renovation contractor, Villwell Builders, LLC has got you covered. You can reach us by calling (203) 879-2118 or fill out our convenient contact form. Call us today!