Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 4: What to Expect During Your Replacement Window Installation
Replacing your home windows can feel like a large undertaking. But if you’ve followed our Window Replacement Plan, you’ve discovered:
- Tips for scheduling the ideal time for your window replacement.
- How to select which type of window is right for your home.
- Why consulting with a pro can make all the difference in meeting your window replacement vision.
Now that you’ve purchased your replacement windows, the next step is the most rewarding: Getting them installed! Your windows will only perform as well as their installation. Knowing what goes into a window installation, and what to look for from a professional installation process will help ensure you enjoy your windows for years to come.
Who Should Install Your Windows?
Choosing the right person to install your windows can be just as critical as the windows themselves.
Is your window installation a project you’ll take on yourself, or will you leave it up to the professionals?
Thanks to online installation guides, you may feel up to installing windows yourself. But there are many reasons to use professional installers. For one, you can have your windows installed by a professional who is certified to install your windows in order to get the greatest energy efficiency and durability benefits of your windows. And the installers should be recertified annually. That means they’ll be educated on new installation techniques, constantly learning best practices, and armed with the tools to meet almost any situation during an installation.
Ahead of your installation date, a professional installer will meet with you to develop an installation plan. This will give you a good idea of your project’s timeline—one that will take into account factors like your personal schedule and possible weather changes.
Make sure that, when planning with a contractor or professional window installer, there is a clear plan of the installation’s scope and timeline before starting. A vague time estimate can crate problems that can impact your home life, especially if you have a larger installation project.
Here are some questions to talk about in developing your installation plan:
- How long will the installation take?
Depending on the quantity of windows and products being installed, a professional installation (such as those done by Pella of Victoria) usually won’t take more than a day.
- How might weather impact the timeline?
Most professional window installers will bring the necessary gear to protect your home from any weather during your window installation. Knowing your installer is preparing for any weather will give you peace of mind on your installation day.
- How will my room be protected (inside and out) during installation?
Even if weather doesn’t play a role in your window installation, you’ll want to keep your house and belongings safe. It may be necessary to shift furniture inside a room or take means to protect areas around the installation site, such as flowerbeds, to prevent damage when taking out the old windows or installing the new replacement windows.
- What can I do to help prepare?
Professional window installers are experienced with working with home furnishings, but it never hurts to give them more space. Take time to review what belongings around the rest of your home can impede the installation process. If you have young children or pets, you will want to make preparations to keep them in a safe place away from the work zone.
- Do I need to be around during installation?
Making sure that installers can get into the house in order to work on the windows may require you to remain home or nearby.
A good contractor or window installer should guide you through all the steps of the procedure, and keep you informed of the job’s status prior to and during the project.
The Day of Your Pella Installation
With a good installation plan in place, the day of your window installation should be all about action, not delays.
Pella® installation experts take pride in respecting homeowners and their homes during the installation process.
Before they even get under way, the Pella installation team, led by a Pella Expert InstallerSM, will park in a place that is convenient for you, show their identification, and review the installation plan with you to make your installation project go smoothly.
From there, they’ll lay protective covering on your floor and wear booties over their shoes to help prevent dirt from being tracked inside. Your old windows will be carefully removed, with close attention being paid to making sure that the work area doesn’t interfere with other parts of your home.
After that, your new windows will be installed, and the team will finish them with interior/exterior trim and necessary hardware.
The old windows will be hauled away and the installation team will clean up their work area, with the target of leaving it tidier than it was before they started.
They’ll demonstrate how to use your new windows and make sure you can easily use them. Then your installation will be wrapped up. This will be a good time to review your window warranties or post-installation service agreements.
When you buy Pella windows, you know you’re buying a quality product. Professional installers from Pella of Victoria can provide you with a quality installation, as well.
Learn more about what to expect during a professional Pella window or door installation online or call your Victoria area showroom today.