How to Prepare for Window Replacement

Replacing old windows in your home is a great way to save energy and money, but there are some things you need to know for safe window replacement.

Window replacement occurs so infrequently that it’s important to carefully prepare for safe window replacement before the job starts. Following a few easy tips can make life easier for all involved in a safe window replacement project.

“Since many homeowners have lived in their homes for only a decade or less, most people have not faced a full window replacement project before,” says Christopher Burk, product manager for Simonton Windows. “A professional installer can ease concerns and answer questions well in advance of a replacement project. Good communications is the key to homeowners feeling comfortable and ready for a safe window replacement project.

Remove interior window treatments before the installers arrive to allow safe window replacement. Additional glass ornaments or decorations should also be removed from the windows, ledges and sills.

Pre-determine with your installer how much space will be needed to operate inside and outside the home for each window. Some furnishings may need to be moved away from windows and breakables taken off wall shelves. On the outside, ladders may need to be used in gardens or bushes to reach windows for replacement.

Kids, pets and contractors — they’re like oil and water. For safety sake, make arrangements to keep young children and family pets secured and away from workers at all times.

Discuss removal of your old windows with your installer. Sometimes either the new or used windows may need to be stored at your residence for several days. Direct the team where to store the windows, how to securely protect them and a time frame for removal. Make certain all family members know to stay away from the windows.

Ask about cleanup. There’s a fair amount of dust and mess that comes with a window replacement project. Discuss beforehand with your installer if furnishings should be covered during the installation process and what the company’s policy is for clean-up after installation both inside and outside the home.

“When communicating in advance about concerns and expectations, the actual installation process itself can go quite smoothly for both the homeowner and the installer,” says Burk. “One final tip is to select a window installer and installation team that is bonded and insured. Get copies of the paperwork before the job starts and make certain to review all procedures for the installation in advance with your installer.”

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