The key to a successful window replacement project is hiring a trustworthy and experienced contractor. So how do you find such a contractor?By knowing what to look for.
As professionals, window contractors pride themselves in what they can offer their customers. When you find the right window expert, you can expect the following:
When looking for a contractor to replace your windows, you want someone who knows what they are doing. You’ll need to do some research to check if your prospective contractor has the right qualities to guarantee your investment is in good hands.
LICENSED, INSURED, CERTIFIED: Your window contractor should tick all the right boxes to guarantee window replacement success.
Make sure your window contractor is:
- Licensed: A license is important because it means that your window contractor has met the requirements for the type of work they are offering–that they are trained, experienced and knowledgeable in their field. This ensures they have what it takes to provide you with the replacement services you are looking for.
- Insured: Just like any home improvement project, window replacement comes with some risks, both to people and properties. When a contractor is insured, you are protected in case an accident should occur on your property during the construction. For total protection, make sure your window contractor offers both liability insurance and workers’ compensation.
- Certified: Established window manufacturers require contractors who wish to offer and install their products to undergo factory training. Once a contractor completes and passes such training, and commits to continuing education, they are certified to offer the manufacturer’s products, signifying their commitment to quality.
Thorough Inspection and Consultation
SIT DOWN AND TALK: A reliable window contractor will talk to you about your window replacement goals and expectations.
Once you find a licensed, insured and certified contractor, you can schedule a consultation with them to discuss what you want to get out of your window replacement project. Done at your home, this will also involve a thorough inspection, providing your contractor with the information they need to recommend the perfect window solutions for you and to identify any issues that might get in the way of a successful replacement. If your prospective contractor doesn’t want to do an in-home consultation, take that as a red flag.
Wide Range of High-Quality Products
Window replacement needs vary, so one-size-fits-all solutions won’t do. This is why it’s crucial that your window contractor offers a range of high-quality products. This means your contractor is in a better position to address your needs, helping make sure you get everything you want out of the project. The wider the range of window products, the better. And don’t forget to take into consideration the customization options made available to you, as these are what will make your new windows truly yours.
SHOW, DON’T TELL: A window contractor certified by an established manufacturer can offer a variety of replacement window options.
An Efficient Replacement Process
An efficient window replacement process is a hallmark of a reliable window contractor. Following standards allows your contractor to control and ensure installation quality.
The ideal window replacement process typically follows these steps:
- In-home Consultation/Custom Measurements: The best replacement windows are custom-manufactured. Installing standard-sized, stock-manufactured windows can work on newly constructed homes, but is not recommended for existing homes requiring replacement windows. This is due to differences in measurements as structures change over time. A reliable contractor will visit your home to take precise measurements while taking note of structural anomalies or other issues that could impede installation.
- Pre-installation: Once your replacement windows are manufactured, they will be delivered to your home as scheduled, typically on the same day as the installation. Alongside your new windows, your contractor will bring everything they need, including tools, equipment and even their own power source.
Before any work begins, however, your contractor will take measures to protect your property, covering the work area as needed to ensure your furniture and other items inside your home are safe from debris.
- Removal of Old Windows: Once they have secured the area, your contractor is ready to carefully remove your old windows.
- Installation and Adjustments: Now comes the fun part: your replacement windows! Don’t panic if you notice that your new windows seem too small for the openings you have–replacement windows are really made smaller to make room for adjustments. Since your home may have settled over the years, the space between the window frame and the opening will give the installers wiggle room to ensure a perfect fit.
- Insulation and Weatherstripping: After your new windows are up, it’s time to seal gaps between your window frame and walls with foam insulation. Aside from filling in the gaps to keep your window in place, foam insulation also serves as weatherstripping to prevent air leakages.
- Trimming: While functional, foam insulation does not look good. This is where window trims come in. The same color as your replacement units, trims hide foam insulation so your new windows look great.
- Final Inspection and Contract Fulfillment: When brought to your home and installed, replacement windows are covered by a plastic sheet to protect them from dirt and damage. Once the installation has been completed, this sheet is removed to reveal your new windows. After cleanup, you can inspect your replacements to see if they are sturdy and operating as expected. If no adjustments are needed, your window contractor will continue with cleaning the work area. With everything in place, the installation process ends with fulfilling your end of the project contract.
You can ensure a smooth and stress-free window replacement project by working with trusted professionals.
Alex Esler is the marketing manager for Renewal by Andersen offices in Southern New England, Greater Philadelphia and Colorado, which make up the largest replacement window company in the RbA dealers network. Overseeing the company’s marketing and promotional efforts, she is known for her positive outlook in life and driven nature, always eager to showcase what Renewal by Andersen has to offer. For updates from Alex, check out the company blog!