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Tips to Prepare for Window Replacement | American Architectural

November 12, 2021

Tips to Prepare for Window Replacement

Replacing windows

 

Are you in the process of considering a window replacement project in your building? The process may seem daunting, but with the right tips, you can have it done professionally with minimal disruption at a fair price.  In this blog post, we’ll give you a few pointers on how to get started.

 

Here are a few tips that’ll help you get started for replacing your windows.

 

1. Determine whether you will hire an architect or engineer to assist with product specifications for your building needs and to assist the with bidding process. Often on buildings with older designs and new code requirements in your area, figuring out what is exactly needed can be complex.  In these cases, it can make sense to hire an architect or engineer to ensure that replacement windows meet the latest standards of the state and local codes.

 

2. Get quotes from window replacement companies. If you’re thinking of replacing your windows, the first step is to speak with qualified window replacement companies like American Architectural Window and Door. They can give you a good idea of the cost of the project, what are some of your options to consider, and a good sense of what would be involved throughout the installation process.  Speaking to multiple qualified contractors will also helps you compare different companies. When requesting quotes, ask about the warranty offered on the window products and replacement workmanship.

 

3. Choose the right windows for your building.  If your windows are old, functionally challenged, and drafty, it may be time to replace them. When choosing new windows, it is important to consider both function and form. Functionally, you will want to make sure that your new windows operate easily, are properly insulated, and fit well into your window openings. Aesthetically, you will want to choose windows that complement the style of your building.  Additionally, choosing the right window material, whether wood, vinyl, aluminium, UPVC, etc is critical they fir the building needs and installation method for the building.  

 

4. Choose the right window installation methods.  There are a few things to keep in mind. First, it is important to determine the proper installation method for your building’s specific needs as well as choosing the right type of window for your climate. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures, you will need to make sure that your windows are properly insulated. Second, depending upon the height, number of stories, wind loads and other environmental factors in your area, you will need to consider window replacements that meet local codes, ordinances and conditions.  Third, for older buildings, typically with brick and masonry, it’s likely your current windows are no longer available.  This means working will skilled contractors who can take accurate measurements of all the building openings to order your custom sized replacement windows.  

 

5. Choosing the Right Contractor. It is always best to hire a professional for your window installation.  Be sure you have checked their references before contracting with them.  With their experience and expertise, they will be able to install your windows quickly and efficiently. In almost all cases, the contractor will order your replacement windows and manage the entire process, from measuring to placing order, shipping arrangements, logistics of their arrival and installation. With a contractor who offers a full turnkey service, be sure to understand what your contractor will and will not do before signing on the bottom-line.  And it’s a good idea to have a sample window installed to show you what you are getting.   With them having ownership and control of this process, it will ensure that the windows fit properly and look neat and trim when installed, while removing this burden off your shoulders.  

 

6. Prepare your home for the installation process. In the case of occupied space replacement projects, it is necessary to be sure residents remove all their window treatments, such as curtains, blinds, and shutters. Additionally, any furniture that is near the window should be moved out of the way to create a clear path for the installers to brings materials. It is also important to remove any items that are stored on the windowsills. Once these preparations have been made, the old windows can be removed, and the new windows can be installed.  

Typically, in occupied space window replacement projects, the contractor will also provide a schedule to the property manager of what floors and apartments will have work taking place each day so residents will have a couple of day notice to have their preparation completed.  It’s important to have a competent contractor that has extensive experience in this area and understands how to work with your residents, including a foreman who is many situations is multilingual to communicate with residents. 

Replacing windows in a multifamily building is a big project but using an experienced company and following these simple tips will help to make sure that the process goes smoothly.

 

Enjoy your new windows!

 

Now you’ve had your new windows installed; it’s time to enjoy all the benefits they offer. Clean the window regularly to keep it looking its best. Your new windows should last for many years. Enjoy the natural light and fresh air!