Replacing windows or doors isn’t something that happens very often. Homeowners will usually only have to deal with this task once or twice, so it’s completely natural if you’re unsure about how this process works. Last time, we provided our handy checklist about how to prepare your home for window installation to help make this process go smoothly and efficiently. Now, we’re diving into the dos and don’ts about what to do and what not to do during your window installation. Here’s everything you need to know!
What to do:
Confirm the date
We always recommend touching base with your contractor ahead of time just to confirm the set date and time. This way, you can ensure everything is just as planned. This is also a good time to relay any special requests, whether it’s to preserve the window frame, old stained glass, or something else.
Be at home
Many of our clients often ask us about whether they should be at the house while the work is being done. We generally recommend that if it’s possible to work from home or even take some time off, it’s a good idea to do so. It’s always better to be there to keep an eye on everything. However, since the installation process can be a tad messy and invasive, we suggest sending kids or pets to stay with family, friends or a neighbour, so they’re not around such a chaotic environment. It’s always better to be safe.
Stay within hearing distance
When you hire a reputable company, you can expect that the job will be done with quality workmanship. So there’s no need to feel like you have to linger and supervise what’s happening. You should feel free to go about your tasks. However, it can be helpful to stay within close proximity so you can hear if there are any questions. But remember to give the contractors enough space to do what they do best.
Clear away the window area
Don’t forget to clear away the areas close to the windows. Remove any hanging pictures, artwork, knick-knacks, furniture, and window treatments before your contractors arrive. This will help everything move faster, and also prevent any of your valuables from being damaged.
Do a walk-through with the foreman
When the installers arrive, do a walk through with the foreman to go over any details that need to be relayed. Now’s another good time make or remind them of any special requests. Show them which spaces they will be working in and which spaces contain all the special items that need to be protected from dust and debris.
Make sure workers have covered the floors properly
It’s a good idea to also do a walk through and take a look at the drop cloths. Moving windows in and out can ruffle the cloths and expose areas of the floor, so keep an eye to make sure yours are protected. Usually, workers will bring in their own floor coverage protection cloths but just in case they don’t, make sure to have towels, thick plastic, or canvas to cover any surfaces.
What Not To Do:
Though it’s helpful to stay at a close enough distance at home so you can answer any questions, try not to hover when the workers are busy. Giving the crew space to do their work is often when they’re able to really do a thorough job efficiently.
Don’t have young kids or pets at home
Another example of what not to do during your window installation is to have young kids or pets running around. As previously mentioned, it can be a very invasive, messy, dusty, and potentially dangerous work environment. This can make it hazardous for children and your furry loved ones to be around. Make arrangements prior to the date so they can stay somewhere until it’s complete.
Don’t leave items near the exterior of windows
Workers will need a clear area to work in, both inside and outside of the house. Any garden equipment, tree branches, or shrubs near the windows should be trimmed or removed so they can get access with ease. Any decorative wall hangings or patio furniture should also be removed and tucked away until the work is done.
Don’t forget to test out windows before they leave
Once the work is finished, don’t be afraid to test out the windows. This should always be done before the workers leave so you can see the completed product up close and determine if you’re satisfied. And don’t forget – any good contractor should also sweep up before they leave, so make sure yours does too.
Whether you have more questions regarding the process or would like to set a date for your window replacements, reach out and give Aztech Window & Doors a call! Serving the GTA for over 30 years, you can count on our expert team to take care of your window needs. Get in touch today!