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What to Expect During Your Window Installation

Expert Overview

  1. Your installation crew should follow a distinct set of steps, and should make sure you understand each step of the process.
  2. The crew should handle all elements of preparation, demolition, installation, sealing, clean up, and hauling off the old windows.
  3. Someone from the crew should inspect the work and make sure all windows operate properly. They should also make sure you understand how to operate and clean.

So you’ve chosen your window replacement company, picked out your window styles and designs, and now you’re ready for installation. Here’s what you can expect on the day of your window installation.

1. Greeting and walkthrough

Champion installer greeting customer

On the day of your install, your installation crew should greet you at your home and do a walkthrough of the home before beginning the work. The crew leader should also explain the full installation process to you and answer any questions you may have about the project. Remember to secure any pets, and keep them away from the windows.

2. Preparing the area

Champion installer putting down drop cloths in front of window

The installers will then prepare the areas where windows are being installed. They will put down drop cloths to protect your floors from dirt and debris and will ask you to remove any window treatments or fragile items near the window.

3. Preparing and cleaning the opening

Champion installer removing old window frame

The next step is removing the old windows. Your installation crew should remove the windows, and then inspect the opening for any damage and repair that damage as needed. It’s important that any rotting wood or decaying frames are either removed or repaired before installation. Otherwise, your windows may not operate properly in the future.

4. Insulating and sealing the frame

Champion installer sealing the edges of a window

Now, the crew will install the new windows. They should ensure that the new windows are a perfect fit for the opening and are performing properly. They should tightly seal the area around the window and replace the trim as well.

5. Clean up

Champion installer removing old window frame from home

Your installation crew should handle every aspect of clean-up. They should haul away and dispose of your old windows and any leftover debris. The crew should also completely clean up all work areas and ensure that nothing is left behind in the home. It should be as if the crew was never even there at all.

6. Verifying the work

Champion installer doing final inspection of installation

The last step of the window installation process is a final walkthrough with your crew leader. They should walk through your home and do a final inspection to make sure all windows fit perfectly and are operating correctly. They should also show you how your new windows function, show you how to clean them, and answer any questions you may have.

Any reputable window replacement company will follow all of the installation guidelines that we’ve laid out above. If they skip any steps or compromise on any part of the process, it could be a sign that you may have issues with your windows down the road.

Download our free buyer’s guide to help you throughout your window replacement project.

Or, learn more about how to care for your new windows.

We hope this guide has helped you become more informed about replacement windows and the buying process!

Are you ready to meet with a reputable window company? Schedule a free in-home estimate appointment with a Champion expert today! Mornings, afternoon and evening appointments available in person or virtually.

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