Many homeowners don’t know a lot about the technical aspects of window replacement, but they (including you!) probably collectively know one basic thing: that a new window must fit well into the home’s walls. This is necessary for windows to function properly and last long. A good fit also ensures good looks, because really, a window installed haphazardly is an eyesore.
By the end of this post, you will already have an idea what important things guarantee a good fit and what you should expect from a window replacement and installation.
- Accurate Measurements
For windows to fit, they should, of course, be measured properly. The only best way to get replacement windows is to have them custom-manufactured. Fortunately, reputable brands such as Renewal by Andersen offer customized replacement windows. Proper measuring will ensure a snug fit, precise installation, and ultimate energy performance.
When measuring for window replacement, it is imperative that all measurements are done on the interior side of the windows–in other words, inside the home. The smallest measurements taken must also be used for the manufacture, as this will ensure that the new windows will fit the frame or opening. Should there be any gaps, your trusted window crew can easily shim them, as opposed to trimming down a window that’s bigger than the opening or having to perform structural changes on the wall.
Three aspects should be measured when replacing a window:
- The width of the window frame or wall opening
- The height of the window frame or wall opening
- The squareness of the window frame or wall opening
- Good Products
Even if you get the measurements right, if the window itself is not manufactured following high industry standards — applying the latest production technologies and techniques, and using the highest-quality materials — getting a good fit cannot be guaranteed. Thankfully, though, if you get your windows from reputable manufacturers, you can rest assured about having purchased products manufactured using the most advanced technologies and top-notch materials.
So how do you ensure that you get the best products on the market? Here are some tips:
- Purchase ONLY from a trusted brand. When it comes to window replacement, always prioritize quality over price. Products from reliable brands are generally costlier than those that come from less reputable companies–for a good reason. For one, you are assured of guaranteed quality, which is further proven by the extensive warranties that come with the products.
- Work with a window contractor certified by your chosen manufacturer to offer and install their products.
- Opt for custom-manufactured replacement windows rather than store-bought ones that come in only a few standard sizes. This way, you can be sure that the windows will be made to fit based on the measurements taken in your home, and that they will be made according to your specific preferences, from the type of glass down to the accessories and hardware.
- Carefully consider energy efficiency features recommended in your region. Remember that not all windows are created equal. Some specifications are good for regions that need more cooling than heating and vice versa. Always check the NFRC label that comes with every reliable fenestration product.
- Proper Installation
After the measurements have been taken and you’ve found the best brand — what’s next? Ensure proper installation–because no matter how properly measured and high-quality your windows are, they won’t fit and perform right if not properly installed.
The Ideal Window Installation Process
When you hire a certified contractor, you can be assured that they have been trained to install and replace windows according to the standard procedures laid out by the manufacturer. Here’s how an ideal window installation process should look like:
Phase 1: The Important Pre-requisites
In this phase, a representative or consultant from the window company will talk to you to discuss your needs and requirements. From the info that will be gathered during the consultation, you will be provided with an estimate of the project’s cost.
If you like what’s in the estimate or quotation, and would like to proceed with the window replacement project, the window consultant and/or his team will conduct pre-installation measuring. Then, your new windows will be custom-manufactured.
Phase 2: Installation Day
After your new windows have been manufactured, the window crew will arrive for the installation. They will first prepare and protect the installation areas. This will involve covering various items, including furniture and flooring, and other related tasks. Next, they will remove the old windows carefully. Once the window opening is cleared, the installation of new windows will begin.
After the windows have been put in place, weatherproofing materials will be applied, as well as the finishing touches. Finally, the window crew will clean up the area and dispose of the old windows, other discards, and waste materials.
Phase 3: After-Sales Service
Window installation and replacement service should not end with the installation. You can expect the window company to provide assistance and service as needed and determined by the warranties that come with the products.
By ensuring proper measurement, choosing good products, and hiring a reliable window crew for the installation, you can make the most out of a window replacement project and allow yourself to enjoy the many benefits that come with it.
About the Author
Nick Peterson serves as the marketing manager for the Renewal by Andersen locations in Houston, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Nick has become passionate about helping homeowners improve their homes using Renewal by Andersen’s superior quality replacement windows and doors. When not busy handling the company’s marketing and promotion efforts, Nick spends his free time writing articles to help homeowners further.