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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 4: What to Expect During Your Replacement Window Installation

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Replacing your home windows can feel like a large undertaking. But if you’ve read our Window Replacement Plan, you’ve found:

Now that you’ve selected your replacement windows, the last step is the most rewarding: Getting them installed! Your windows will only perform as well as their installation. Preparing for what goes into a window installation, and what to expect from a professional installation process will help ensure you love your windows for years to come.

Who Should Install Your Windows?

Selecting the right person to install your windows can be just as important as the windows themselves.

Is your window installation a job you’ll handle yourself, or will you leave it up to the professionals?

Thanks to online installation tools, you may feel up to installing windows on your own. But there are many reasons to use professional installers. For one, you can have your windows installed by a professional who is certified to install your windows in order to get the greatest energy efficiency and durability benefits of your windows. And the installers should be recertified annually. That means they’ll be knowledgeable on new installation techniques, constantly learning best practices, and armed with the tools to overcome almost any situation during an installation.

Ahead of your installation date, a professional installer will talk with you to make an installation plan. This will give you a good idea of your project’s timeline—one that will include factors like your personal schedule and possible weather changes.

Make sure that, when dealing with a contractor or professional window installer, there is a clear vision of the installation’s scope and timeline before starting. A vague time estimate can cause problems that can impact your home life, especially if you have a larger installation project.

Here are some questions to ask in compiling your installation plan:

  • How long will the installation take?
    Depending on the number of windows and products being installed, a professional installation (such as those done by Pella of Grand Rapids) usually won’t take more than a day.
  • How might weather impact the timeline?
    Most professional window installers will provide the right gear to protect your home from any weather during your window installation. Knowing your installer is preparing for any weather will give you peace of mind on your installation day.
  • How will my house be protected (inside and out) during installation?
    Even if weather doesn’t play a role in your window installation, you’ll want to keep your house and things safe. It may be necessary to adjust furniture inside a room or take measures to protect areas at the installation site, such as flowerbeds, to prevent damage when removing the old windows or adding the new replacement windows.
  • What can I do to help prepare?
    Professional window installers are experts at working near home furnishings, but it never hurts to give them more space. Take time to review what items around the rest of your home can impact the installation process. If you have young children or pets, you will want to make preparations to keep them in a safe place away from the work area.
  • Do I need to be around during installation?
    Making sure that installers can access the house in order to work on the windows may require you to stay home or nearby.

A good contractor or window installer should guide you through all the steps of the installation, and keep you informed of the job’s status ahead of and during the project.

The Day of Your Pella Installation

With a good installation plan set, the day of your window installation should be all about work, not delays.

Pella® installation experts take pride in respecting homeowners and their homes throughout the installation process.

Before they even get started, the Pella installation team, led by a Pella Expert InstallerSM, will park in a place that is convenient for you, show their identification, and go over the installation plan with you to make your installation project go smoothly.

From there, they’ll lay protective covering on your floor and wear booties over their shoes to help keep dirt from being tracked inside. Your old windows will be carefully removed, with close attention being paid to making sure that the work space doesn’t interfere with other rooms of your home.

After that, your replacement windows will be installed, and the team will finish them with interior/exterior trim and necessary hardware.

The old windows will be driven away and the installation team will clean up their work area, with the goal of leaving it neater than it was before they started.

They’ll describe how to use your new windows and make sure you can easily operate them. Then your installation will be complete. This will be a good time to review your window warranties or post-installation service agreements.

When you purchase Pella windows, you know you’re buying a quality product. Professional installers from Pella of Grand Rapids can provide you with a quality installation, as well.

Learn more about what to expect during a professional Pella window or door installation online or call your Grand Rapids area showroom today.

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