Preparing for the Installation of New Windows

Replacement windows are a great investment. This is especially true if you want to increase the value of your home, update the aesthetics, and cut down on energy expenses. So you took the plunge and hired the professionals to come and replace your old windows. Now what? Prior to installation day there are a few things you can do to prepare your home. These easy steps will give workers easier access to the windows and facilitate a seamless installation process.

Process for Installing Replacement Windows

Here is the general process for window installation:

  • Meet the job foreman and walk through your home
  • Remove any obstructions and obstacles
  • Put down drop cloths and dust barriers
  • Begin the careful window removal process
  • Install new windows upon removal of old ones
  • Finish replacing windows and install exterior cladding and trim

For average sized houses window replacement usually takes a couple of days. Larger homes with more stories and windows will take longer. The last thing you want to do is prolong the project. It all comes down to preparation. By following a few simple tips you can quicken the pace and cut down on some labor costs. Here is what you should do.

Step 1. Clear a Path

Installers will repeatedly walk in and out of your home and move room to room. They will be carrying oversized and heavy windows. For safety purposes, you want to be sure they have an unobstructed path. You don’t need to clear everything out, just make sure they have easy access by clearing the way. Move furniture and other obstacles that might block their path. Also remove things outside your home, like patio furniture, hoses, or lawn decorations. You will especially want to move any fragile plants so they do not accidentally get trampled.

Step 2. Remove Window Treatments

Next, be sure and take down curtains, sheers, blinds and anything else surrounding the windows. You will need to remove interior shutters, hardware, and trimmings. All of these will only get in the way and the last thing you want is for installers to waste time taking down the trappings. You might consider removing wall hangings and pictures near the windows. No need for anything to be accidentally knocked down during new window installation.

Step 3. Put Down Dust Covers

Window installation is dirty work. Be sure and talk with your contractor beforehand to understand what they plan to cover so you can decide what you should cover on your own. Due to liability, most contractors put down their own drop cloths. But to make sure your home stays tidy, you might want to take precautions and cover furniture near the windows.

Step 4. Conserve Energy

There is no way to completely eliminate cooling and heating losses during the installation of new windows. However, if you plan to replace windows, try to schedule it in the fall or spring in San Diego, CA. The best months are usually March, September, and October. Another thing you can do is turn off your heater or air conditioning during the installation.

Step 5. Give them Access

It is best to schedule time off during your window installation. If you can’t be there, make arrangements to have a friend or neighbor let the installers in. You will also want to contact your provider if you have an alarm system. They should disable the window and door alarms until the completion of the installation project.

Getting your house ready for new windows will take some time, but the efforts will be worth it. It will not only help the crew, but cut down on installation times and reduce the risk of any accidents.

Interested in getting new windows in San Diego? Contact Pelican Replacement Windows today to get a quote on your home. You can call us at (760) 598-6422 or visit our storefront at 2210 La Mirada Dr, Vista, CA 92081. We look forward to hearing from you!

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