DIY Window Installation Troubleshooting in Victoria, B.C
Your satisfaction with your Pella windows and doors is our highest priority. Should you find a problem with your Pella product that you suspect may be related to the window’s installation, taking the following steps could help determine if the product is installed level, square and plumb.
First, grab a level and set it on the frame of the product, across the bottom or sill. Do not put it on the sashes or panels of the product as it may not give an accurate reading. The bubble of your level should fall in the center, demonstrating the product is installed level.
Next, examine plumb of your window or door. Plumb means the window or door is straight down or up, vertically. To test for plumb, place your level on the two vertical side jambs on the exterior face to ensure the product is plumb from the inside out. Next, you’ll check for plumb from left to right by placing the level on each side. The bubble should fall in the midpoint on both sides, signifying the product is installed plumb.
When you finish checking plumb, you can check for bowing by measuring the unit horizontally across the top, middle and bottom. The measurements of each of the three places should all be equal, allowing 1/8 inch of leeway. It’s crucial to always measure to and from a single point on both sides for consistency. Lastly, determind if your window or door is square by measuring from one corner to the other in an X fashion on the outside of the product. The measurements should be within 1/8 inch of each other to indicate the product is installed square.
You may also inspect the reveal, where the sash meets the frame. The gap should have the same look from top to bottom and left to right. All sides of your product should appear the same, signifying the product is installed level, square, and plumb.
Setting aside time to do a little troubleshooting on your own can present helpful information to fix a problem. If it turns out that you have stumbled upon one, or even a couple, of these issues, visit the Pella Window and Door Showroom in Victoria or give us a call at 250-475-1277.