5 Tips for a Smooth Window Installation

5 Tips for a Smooth Window Installation
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    You've bought a window for your home or office, and now you want to install it.

    However, it may not be as easy as you thought.


A smoothly operating window installation is one that will not cause any problems with the integrity of your building.

Here are five tips to get your window installation done in no time at all.

Measure Twice

Before you order your window, take precise measurements of the opening where it will go in. This involves measuring both horizontally and vertically at all four corners — measure each corner twice to make sure your results are consistent.

If your measurements aren’t accurate, your new window won’t fit properly. You can also take this opportunity to confirm that all four corners are square — if they’re not, it will cause major problems when it comes time for installation.

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Arrival Date

If your windows are custom-made, check with the manufacturer to verify when they will be shipped to you and delivered.

If the windows are standard sizes that you have purchased from a big box store, check with the retailer’s customer service department for an estimated window delivery date.

Clear the Area Around the Window

If a new window is going in where an old one used to be, you need to remove the old window and its frame before installing the new one. If the frame is still there, but you’re replacing it with a larger window, you’ll need to enlarge the opening by removing part of the wall.

In either case, use a hammer and chisel to break up any concrete around the frame. Once that’s done, use a reciprocating saw or crowbar to remove the frame itself.

When you’ve got it out, clean up any remaining shards of concrete or wood and vacuum the area, so it’s free of dust and debris.

Have a Walk Through With the Foreman

If you’re installing new windows throughout your home, chances are good that this is going to take more than one day. Before work begins, set up a walkthrough with the foreman, so you can clearly explain what needs to be done on each day of the job.

Ask if there’s anything you should prepare for or move from certain rooms by a certain time of day.

Install the windows

While this may not be necessary for everyone, it’s always a good idea to be available for questions during an installation. Contractors will often have questions about where things should go or how certain parts should fit together.

It’s also possible that unexpected issues will come up during an installation project, and having someone who can help goes a long way.

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With the right advice and preparation, your window installation will go smoothly and without hiccups. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t rush a successful installation; if the installation is rushed, it’s likely that small details will be overlooked or forgotten, which could lead to problems in the future.

By being careful and paying attention to detail, you can ensure that you have properly installed windows for a long time to come.

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