Avoid Common Problems with Window Installation
If you hire a certified window installer, you’re unlikely to run into the problems other homeowners have experienced. Here are some things to be aware of, and discuss with your window installer:
Measure First: Insist that your installer measure each window before removing them. There’s a chance your replacement window won’t fit, and it’s better to know that before old windows are removed. Otherwise, you’ll have a hole in your house while waiting for the new window.
One Window at a Time: Even though it may be more efficient, do not allow your contractor to rip out all your old windows as the first step of the job. If an issue arises during the project, such as a problem with the new windows, or a rainstorm, you don’t want your house full of open window holes. A good window installer will remove one window and replace it before moving on to the next window.
Caulk for Painting: If you plan to paint around your windows after they’re installed, ask the window installer to use acrylic-latex caulk. If they use silicone, it can’t be painted.
Check the Work: Before you hand over the check to pay for the window installation, go around and make sure every window opens and closes properly. It’s much easier to get that fixed while the installer is there, than to schedule a repair visit. A good window installer will likely ask you to doa final check anyway.