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What To Expect When Having Home Windows Installed | Oahu, HI

What To Expect When Having Home Windows Installed | Oahu, HI

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Installing new home windows can be an exciting time. It can also be stressful as you’ll need to find a contractor and go through the process of having your windows replaced.

Likely, most people will only have home windows installed once or twice in their lives, so you can be forgiven for not having a clue about what to expect from the process.

This article will tell you exactly what happens when windows are installed. If you live in Oahu, HI, and are looking to have new windows installed, you may like to contact Sunburst Windows. The company specializes in installing windows and doors as well as siding.

Should I take a day off work when my windows are being installed?

If you can take a day or two off work or work from home when your new home windows are being installed, it’s a good idea to do so. Window installation can be extremely invasive, especially if all your windows are being replaced at once.

Your window installation company will likely tell you that you don’t have to stay home, but it can be a good idea to do so, especially if you want to keep an eye on the work or on your valuables.

It may be a good idea to lock small items that are valuable away. You may think that you’re employing a reputable company that has a good reputation, but occasionally good companies end up hiring dishonest employees.

If you’re working from home and have a home office, it may be a good idea to ask the company foreman if your office windows can be replaced first. This will allow you to get on with your work while the rest of your home windows are being replaced.

How Closely Should I Monitor Workers?

While tradespeople don’t appreciate you hovering while they are trying to work, you should remain within calling distance in case the team needs anything. Likely, the foreman won’t need to call on you very much. It’s best to leave the team to it and give them space to do their best work.

What to Do Before the Installers Arrive?

Before you have new home windows installed, you’ll need to choose a window type that best fits in with your home’s aesthetics. You’ll want to find a window that looks great from the inside and outside of your home. There are many different types of windows available, from sash windows to Velux windows, and these can be made from wood, vinyl, or metal.

Before your windows are installed, you can touch bases with the installers to schedule or confirm the date and time the installation will take place. If you have specific needs for certain windows in your home, you can write your requests on a Post-it note and stick it to the wall next to the windows. For example, some homeowners want to save their old windows.

The window installation process

It will take most window installation companies two or three days to replace your windows. The process will depend on how many windows need to be replaced, but in general, you can expect the following:

Day 1: Old Windows Will Be Removed, and Replacement Begins

The first day of your window replacement is likely to be an exciting time. Today you’ll meet the team. The job foreman will likely walk you through your house and will have a look at each window that needs to be replaced. If any errors have been made when your windows were ordered, or if something doesn’t seem right, now’s your chance to say so.

If you’re having multiple windows installed, it’s likely that the team will also arrive with the foreman. One set of installers will start to bring the new windows into your home as the other installers remove your old windows.

It may also be a good idea to check that the window installers have put down cloth inside your home to protect the floor from damage, dirt, and debris. You may also wish to add drop cloths outside if you have flower beds that are located underneath your windows that you want to preserve. Window installation doesn’t create much dust, and most installation companies will bring their own dust clothes, so you don’t need to worry.

Once the company has removed the old windows, they will begin with the installation process. Ropes are likely to be cut for sash windows, and weights will be dropped to the bottom of the window pocket. Your new home windows will then be set in place, and the installation team will check that they are leveled using shims. Once they are happy that the windows are level, they will be nailed into place.

The installers will also move the old windows into a stack outside. Depending on how many people are in the installation crew, it’s likely that by the end of the first day, about ten windows would have been replaced.

At the end of the day, you don’t want the team to have to board over any windows. Each window space should either have a new window in it, or the old window should be left in place. Tools shouldn’t be left overnight in your home, and rooms should be swept with a broom before the installers leave. The installation company should also remove the old windows from outside as they leave.

Day 2 and 3: Exterior Cladding of Windows

On the second and third days of installation, the contractor should arrive at your home bright and early. They will continue to remove and install your home windows.

They will also begin installing exterior trim or cladding on your windows. This will provide a tight seal against the weather. Once the window installation process is finished, your house should be broom-cleaned, and the windows should be left looking clean and presentable. The installers should test each window to ensure that they work effectively.

Sunburst Windows of Hawaii, Home Windows

If you’re looking to have new home windows installed in Oahu, HI, or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to contact Sunburst by Anderson for a free no obligations quote and to discuss your needs.


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