Replacing old and outdated windows is a valuable remodeling project that comes with a long list of important benefits for your home. Along with a modern and more beautiful appearance, high-quality replacement windows can improve your home’s energy-efficiency and lower your energy bills, enhance
the effectiveness of your HVAC system, and help your family to breathe cleaner, healthier air—among other amazing benefits.
Of course, the process of replacing your windows can seem intimidating for many people. Knowing what to expect from your window contractors and how to best facilitate the process is an important step towards a successful, no-stress window installation.
At New Windows for America, our mission has always been to eliminate the stress and hassle of window renovation for our customers. In this article, our team will answer some important questions you may have about replacement window installation to help you prepare for a smooth and streamlined process in your home.
How Does the Window Replacement Process Start?
Once you’ve determined that
you need new windows, it’s time to visit a trusted contractor for advice on
getting started. It’s highly recommended that you contact several companies in
your area to request free estimates.
During the initial pricing estimate and consultation, a contractor should visit your home to evaluate your needs for new windows. Use the opportunity to ask questions about their process, and to compare prices, products, and warranty information. Once you’ve chosen the company you want to work with, you’ll receive more information on how to get started and when to expect the project to begin.
How Long Does the Window Replacement Process Take?
The length of time that window replacement will take depends on the type of window being installed, the area of the home it’s being installed, and most importantly, the experience and professionalism of your window contractors. In general, a simple one-window replacement performed by a skilled contractor shouldn’t take more than thirty minutes to an hour to complete. Installing more windows will take longer. Similarly, windows located on higher floors or difficult to reach spaces will be more complicated than windows on the first floor in a highly accessible spot.
However, the entire process from start to finish will vary greatly according to a number of factors. Most importantly, the windows you’ve ordered and the length of time they’ll take to arrive—which in most cases takes around four weeks. Custom windows will take longer to ship than factory-made windows, however, and standard-size windows will take much less time to ship than large or custom-sized windows. Another factor that can cause delays is your window contractor and the availability they have to attend to your project. If they’re particularly busy, it could take weeks for them to fit your project into their schedule, so make sure you take this into consideration when you’re choosing companies.
Other factors that will affect the length of time of your window replacement process includes:
- The type of windows you’re having installed, and the materials being used.
- The condition of the rest of your home’s walls and areas surrounding the windows. If there’s damage to these areas, it may take some time to fix before installation begins.
- If your project requires prior approval from a homeowner’s association before beginning, make sure to ask your contractor how to proceed beforehand to prevent delays with your replacement.
How Can I Prepare for Window Installation?
Your contractor will know what to do to prepare for your window installation, however, anything you can do to help out beforehand will help to make the process faster and easier on everyone involved. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to get your window installation project on the right track before it begins:
- Remove curtains, blinds, and other window treatments.
- Cover your inside furniture and floors with plastic covers or old sheets to protect them from dust, dirt, and debris coming from the worksite.
- Disable and remove window alarms and home security system components around the frames.
- Remove furniture and any other items near the windows. Take pictures down from the walls and anything else that could get in the way of the installation.
- Clear paths outside the home and inside as well, as your contractor will likely need to move in both areas to complete the window replacement.
Finding the Right Window Company for Your Replacement Windows
In most cases, your window replacement project will take somewhere between four to six weeks to complete from the moment you sign a contract with your window company. While there are many things you can do to prevent delays and to facilitate a speedier process, including the suggestions we’ve made above, the most important factor in experiencing a swift and successful project is to hire the best and most reputable window installers you can find for the job.
A good, reputable company will tailor the experience to suit
you and your household’s needs—from your family’s budget, your home’s style,
your timeline, and many other factors. They’ll also ensure you’re getting the
best prices on the highest-quality products on the market—including triple-pane windows, energy-efficient windows, and so much more. Finding a good
company is a matter of doing some research into the companies in your area,
getting recommendations from family, friends and reading online reviews, and
receiving in-home estimates and comparing quotes. While this may seem like
obvious advice, it’s worth mentioning—as a bad contractor can make your window
replacement project a costly nightmare that wastes your time, money, and
Replace Your Home’s Windows with New Windows for America
With over 50,000 window replacement projects completed and an A+ rating from the BBB, our team at New Windows for America is proud to be one of the top-rated window installation companies in the Twin Cities. We’re committed to providing the outstanding customer service, premium products, and affordable prices our customers deserve and would love to speak with you about how we can make your next window replacement project easy and enjoyable.
If you’re in need of home remodeling services, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professional window installation experts at New Windows of America for a free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation. Give us a call to speak with one of our agents today or fill out our quick online form to get started.