Replacing your windows can feel like an overwhelming project – especially if you’re unsure what to expect. After all, a lot goes into this home renovation project. Your old windows may need to be removed, and permits may need to be obtained. Of course, this is why it’s always best to work with a professional contractor who intimately understands the process. Yet, even when working with a contractor, there are things you need to know as a homeowner.
At Your Window Solutions, we understand the questions and concerns our clients may have before undertaking a window replacement project. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide on what to expect when replacing your windows. Of course, you can also click the button below to learn more about window replacement with our company specifically.
Important Things to Consider Before Installation
There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved in replacing windows, and there are a few crucial considerations you may want to make. How much should you expect to pay when replacing your windows? How long will the process take? We dive into these pressing questions and more in the section below.
How Much Does a Window Replacement Cost?
Standard window replacements range from $375 to $800 a window. The price depends on many factors, such as the materials used, the window’s size, your location and the style chosen.
On the initial call to a window company, they’ll give you a rough estimate of what you can expect to spend. However, it should be noted that the estimate can change after the installers do a walkthrough.
What’s the Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?
When the weather is warm, like in spring or summer, is the best time of year for window replacement. There will be holes in your house between the time it takes to remove and reinstall in the winter. So, it’d be very unpleasant to do this during the winter because the chilly air can soon fill your home.
But if you can brave those cold drafts for a short time, it may be worth it to consider replacing your windows during winter. Why? There’s less demand for window replacement during the colder months, so prices may be slightly lower.
Is a Permit Required?
Sometimes, a permit is necessary for window installation or renovation projects. Some states require you to get a permit to change the window size. In addition, some areas want a permit if the opening and closing features change. Make sure to work with your contractor to determine everything’s in the clear before installation.
What About Clean Up?
Finally, determine how the clean-up will look after the project is done. Some companies dispose of the old windows for you. They should also clean any dust or debris that accumulated during the job. Be sure to ask whether these services are included with installation.
What to Do on Installation Day
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for—installation day! But you still have questions about what to expect. Should you clean the area or remove your nearby personal belongings? Can your kids and pets be home during the project? Find out how to prepare for window installation and what’s expected of you below.
Should You Clean the Area?
It’d be helpful to clean the surrounding areas before installation starts. Workers will likely be entering and leaving your house all day. Their job can become more challenging if they must step around things. A dirty area can also create safety issues.
Here are a few things you should take care of before they start work on installation day:
- Take anything delicate or fragile out of the area.
- Remove anything hanging on the wall.
- Cover furniture to protect it from dust.
- Make sure all wiring is tucked away or taped to the ground so no one trips.
- Trim landscaping to give the team clearance to access the house.
Can Kids and Pets Be in the House?
Kids and pets can get in the way during window replacement. So, getting them out of the house for the day isn’t a bad idea. Perhaps contact a family member to take them to the zoo or museum while the project is being completed. Your pets could enjoy themselves at daycare.
Of course, we understand that not everyone can get their kids and pets out of the house for the day. If that’s not an option, you’ll want to ensure they can’t reach the work area. Baby gates can be useful for small children, while older children can likely be told to stay in certain parts of the home. Pets can be placed in an unused room with the door shut to keep them safe.
Will Companies Offer Work-from-Home Options?
Businesses undergoing a window replacement project might offer work-from-home options for their employees. Most installers working on a commercial project will try to work outside of business hours to limit distractions. However, that’s not always possible.
If the installation team must work during the day, employers should consider letting staff stay home so they can work undisturbed.
Do You Need to Be Available to the Installers?
Someone should stay in the residence or office to answer any questions that pop up. The team might need your opinion on things or inform you if there’s a change in the timeline or budget.
Will the Installers Work from the Inside or Outside?
Most work will be done from the inside of the home. However, some steps or projects may require some work to be done from the outside. You can speak with the installers ahead of time to determine where they’ll be performing their work specifically.
What Happens After Installation?
The final aspect of replacing your windows is what you do after installation. Below, we shed light on a few questions you may have about what happens after the installation has been completed.
How Long Does a Window Replacement Last?
If you work with a trustworthy company, a window replacement should last decades. Typically, new windows last between 20 and 50 years. You shouldn’t have to replace the windows more often unless they’re damaged in an accident or natural disaster.
Will the Installers Verify Their Work?
A reputable window replacement company will perform a verification of work after installation. This process means that installers “double-check” their work. They should look over every seal and closure to ensure you’re protected from the elements and intruders.
What If There’s a Problem After My Installers Leave?
Hopefully, there won’t be any issues with your windows after the installers leave. But, on the slim chance there is, you should call your installers. At Your Window Solutions, all our windows come with a lifetime warranty. So, if you have any issues, our warranty will likely cover them!
What Happens If I’m Not Satisfied After the Install?
At Your Window Solutions, we review the project with you during the final walkthrough. If you aren’t satisfied with something at that time, we’ll do any necessary work to make it right. To us, a job isn’t completed until you’re entirely satisfied with the outcome.
Considering a Window Replacement Soon?
Setting expectations before replacing your windows makes everything go smoothly. Knowing how much money you’ll spend or how long the project will take will prepare you for what’s in store. It’s also important to work and communicate with your contractor throughout the process so you’re on the same page.
Need new windows in your home? Your Window Solutions will help make your dreams come true! As a family-owned business that offers lifetime warranties, we put our customers first. Your happiness is at the forefront of our minds.
Editors Note: This blog was originally published in July 0f 2022 and was updated in February of 2024.