Windows serve to protect your home from outside elements. However, they can also be a standout feature of your home’s curb appeal. There are different window types to keep your home or business running efficiently. With proper selection and installation, energy-efficient windows can significantly minimize your lighting, heating, and cooling costs. So, when it’s time to replace your old windows with new energy-efficient options, you can expect the following process:
1. Survey and Estimate
The first step to window replacement is a thorough inspection of your current windows for potentially problematic issues. After the inspection, you’ll learn the process of getting your windows replaced.
Before receiving the estimate, you’ll choose the new windows you want. When calculating the cost for your replacement windows, your contractor will consider many factors. In general, the cost to replace windows depends on:
- How many windows you need
- The size of windows (custom sizes will cost more)
- Brand of windows chosen
- Design and style of your new windows
- Glass quality
- Labor requirements for the installation
Reputable window installers will ultimately maximize the design and efficiency of your windows to meet all of your requirements, including storm protection, size, and color.
2. Preparing the Area
Your windows installer will first ensure all your personal items are out of the way to prevent potential harm during the installation process. This includes safeguarding your plants, shrubbery, decks, lawn furniture, and other items in the immediate vicinity. Once the old window is removed, your contractor will inspect the condition of the window jamb to ensure there is no structural damage.
On many occasions, an old window may leak or rot out of the jamb. If there is significant damage, the damaged areas of the frame will need to be repaired or replaced before moving forward. Additionally, the installer will measure your rough opening to ensure it will accommodate your new window. Generally, the space needs to be 1/4″ to 3/8″ wider than the exterior dimensions of your new window.
3. Pre-installation Assessment and Repair
Once the existing windows are removed, the installation crew will inspect the window frames for rotten wood or damage. If needed, the underlying issues will be fixed to ensure a solid foundation for installing the new window. Additionally, a window stop can be placed around the outer side of the window jamb to prevent the window from slipping out of the opening.
4. The Installation
The major task at hand involves fitting the new window into the prepared space, ensuring your replacement window is square in the existing opening. Before applying silicone to the window stop, your installation crew will dry-fit the window to ensure there are no fitment issues. If any fitment issues are noted, they must be addressed at this stage before dry fitting the window again.
Once the silicone is applied to the edge of the window stop, the new window is put in place. Window installers place a level across the top of the window and drive cedar shims between the bottom side of the window frame and the jamb to get the precise window sitting level. Fortunately, replacement windows usually come with their own hardware packets, consisting of four screws to go through the sides of the window to anchor it to the jamb.
The team may insulate the window with an expanding-foam sealant between the window and casing to improve energy efficiency. Once the foam dries, excess can be scraped off with a knife. Avoid adding too much foam since it may bow the window and ruin its functionality.
5. Cleanup and Finishing
The final process is to finish the framing by carefully filling any nail holes with paintable or stainable wood putty. The crew will then paint or stain the trim molding around the window to provide a smooth, finished look.
An experienced installation crew will strive to maintain a clean and safe working area throughout the project. After the project is done, your installer will thoroughly clean the area.
6. Final Walk-Through
When your windows replacement project is completed, the final inspection happens. Here, your installer will do a final walk-through and discuss your warranties and maintenance tips. Any billing details will also be covered at this time.
Work with a Professional Windows Installation Company
Trico Exteriors in Charleston, SC has been installing high-quality windows for several years. Our crew has the skills to design, renovate, and install window and door systems for many properties, including residential, commercial buildings, body corporates, schools, and more. We can guide you through the entire window replacement process to help create the most energy-efficient window installation. Contact us today to request a free estimate!