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

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

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

Now that you’ve purchased your replacement windows, the next step is the most rewarding: Getting them installed! Your windows will only perform as well as their installation. Being aware of what goes into a window installation, and what to anticipate from a professional installation process will help ensure you value your windows for years to come.

Who Should Install Your Windows?

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

Is your window installation a task you’ll take on yourself, or will you leave it up to the professionals?

Thanks to online installation guides, you may feel up to installing windows yourself. 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 complete 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 deal with almost any situation during an installation.

Before your installation date, a professional installer will work with you to create an installation plan. This will give you a good idea of your project’s timeline—one that will take into account factors like your personal schedule and possible weather changes.

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

Here are some questions to discuss in developing your installation plan:

  • How long will the installation take?
    Depending on how many windows and products being installed, a professional installation (such as those done by Pella of Des Moines) usually won’t take more than a day.
  • How might weather impact the timeline?
    Most professional window installers will offer the proper 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 home be protected (inside and out) during installation?
    Even if weather doesn’t play a part in your window installation, you’ll want to keep your house and things safe. It may be necessary to shift furniture inside a room or take measures to protect areas near the installation site, such as flowerbeds, to prevent damage when taking out 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 things around the rest of your home can delay the installation process. If you have young children or pets, you will want to make arrangements to keep them in a safe place away from the work zone.
  • Do I need to be home during installation?
    Making sure that installers can enter the house in order to work on the windows may require you to be 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 prior to and during the project.

The Day of Your Pella Installation

With a good installation plan in place, the day of your window installation should be all about action, not issues.

Pella® installation professionals 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 revisit the installation plan with you to make your installation project go smoothly.

From there, they’ll place protective covering on your floor and wear booties over their shoes to help stop 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 parts of your home.

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

The old windows will be taken away and the installation team will clean up their work area, with the goal of leaving it tidier than it was before they worked there.

They’ll demonstrate how to use your new windows and make sure you can easily open them. Then your installation will be complete. This will be a good time to go over 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines area showroom today.

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