What is holding you back from giving your home the replacement windows it needs? Is it the cost? Is it the time? Is it the uncertainty of what comes with the process?
The thought of replacing your home’s windows may sound daunting, but in reality, the process is rather straightforward. And a skilled contractor can get the project done effectively and timely.
If you are considering a window replacement, don’t fret. Here’s what you need to know about the type of window replacement fitting for your home as well as what an installation will look like.
Two Types of Window Replacements
Professionals can perform two different types of window installations. The first is a pocket replacement, and the second is a full frame replacement. With a pocket replacement, the contractor is simply swapping out the actual window itself for a new window of around the same size. This window fits within the old frame.
With a full-frame replacement, the expert is removing not only the window but the surrounding frame as well. They are getting down to the original opening and replacing everything from insulation to the actual window.
Which Option Is Right for You?
The type of window replacement you need depends on a variety of factors, but to break it down, full-frame replacements will be needed for major window damage or complete style changes. If you desire a new window style or size, you will need a full-frame replacement. Additionally, if your window is faulty structurally or lacking sufficient insulation, a full-frame replacement is the best option.
Pocket replacements can be performed on windows without severe damage. They are faster and cheaper to install, making them a great option for homeowners looking to increase their home value. However, the downside of a pocket replacement is the loss of glass space, due to fitting a frame within an existing frame casing. It is important to leave either form of installation to a professional.
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The Window Installation Process
Before Installation Day
The process actually begins with selecting a contractor and window type. Once you have these selections made, the installer will need to measure your windows to ensure they have the proper equipment come installation day.
After the final measurements are taken, it can take roughly four to eight weeks for your new windows to arrive for installation day.
On the day of installation, you can expect installers to spend roughly 30 minutes on each window they remove and install. Depending on the number of windows in your home, the process should only take a day.
1. Pre-Installation Preparation
Before a contractor arrives for your window installation, make sure to remove all forms of window treatments. Warn your contractor about any animals that may be in the home, or have them stay with a friend or relative. Make sure there is a clear pathway through the home and that all furniture has been moved a good distance from all windows.
On the end of a contractor, they begin the process by preparing your home. This would include placing drop cloths on the interior of your home or tarps over landscaping to protect your property.
Once the home is prepared, the installers move to the removal phase. For a pocket installation, this would include the windows only. For a full-frame replacement, the contractor would remove the window and the trim surrounding it until the raw opening is exposed.
3. Frame Preparation
This step is for a full-frame replacement only. A pocket replacement will not get down to the rough opening and will therefore not need the same preparation. Once the entire window, frame, and all trim have been removed, an installer can assess the opening for damage. They will seal the edges to keep water and air outside of your home while helping your windows adhere to the opening.
After it has been sealed, the opening will be insulated to help the energy-efficiency of your home. This step is largely what makes a full-frame replacement more
Finally, the crew is ready to install your replacement windows. For pocket windows, the installer will fit the new window into place and adjust as needed. It slides into the old Once the window is in place, they will seal and caulk the exterior.
Many times, touchups will be needed on interior drywall or paint after the completion of a full-frame replacement.
5. Final Walkthrough and Cleanup
Now that the windows are in place, the contractor will take you on a final walkthrough as the crew cleans up the work areas and removes all drop clothes from your home. They will perform a quality check with you and show you how to properly operate your windows. Take the time to assess them and let your installer know about any concerns or questions you may have.
Ask about proper maintenance for your specific window type to help maintain your investment for years.
Feel Confident in Your Window Replacement
A window replacement can be as simple as selecting new windows and a skilled contractor. Remember that attempting to DIY your window replacement can result in damage to your window frame or can void any warranties on your materials. Seek the help of a professional to be confident in your replacement.
Our team is ready to answer your question so that you can feel secure in your replacement window installation. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. Let us show you how stress-free windows can be.