Taking out old, drafty windows and replacing them with new ones is a great way to improve the overall beauty, comfort and energy efficiency of your home. You can also improve your home’s protection against the elements when you install high-quality windows. To help you prepare for this major home improvement project, be sure to follow these important tips:
- Be prepared for the noise and mess. Like any other construction projects, window replacement involves sanding, scraping and the use of power tools. Your neighbors and family members might find this off-putting, so be sure to inform them ahead of time about your project so they too can prepare. The process can also lead to dust spreading and settling onto floors and furniture. To reduce the spread of dust and dirt, put down drop cloths or plastic sheets near the work area. This can make post-installation cleaning easier. To give you peace of mind, many expert contractors provide their own drop cloths and clean the area thoroughly after finishing the job.
- Clear the way to the work area. Although you can expect your contractor to prepare the work area, they still need lots of space to move around. Clearing the way to the site can help facilitate accessibility to the work area. Keep nearby rooms, hallways and the path to the front door clear of clutter; set furniture to one side and remove items hanging on the walls that may fall and break. In the front yard, be sure to leave a small space where the team can park their tools and equipment.
- Get a temporary storage container. If you’re planning a large-scale window replacement project, consider renting a temporary storage container for your furniture and decor. Have it delivered to your property on the day of the installation, and store your valuables so they don’t get in the way of the installers during renovation.
- Let the pros handle it. The success of your project and the overall performance of your new windows will rely heavily on the quality of installation. With that in mind, it’s important to give full responsibility to the experts. By letting only professional workers install your new units, you can be sure that your replacements will be free of air leaks, water damage and condensation.
Your new windows will only be as good as the installation, so make sure your project is handled by a reliable expert. In the last part of this three-part blog series, we’ll explain the qualities you should look for in a contractor Stay tuned!