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8 Steps To A Smooth Window Installation

Are you sick of seeing your home’s windows frozen and frosted up in the winter? Are your heating and cooling bills through the roof? Are you looking for ways to give your home an update and boost your resale value? Without a doubt, windows are a very important feature to keep more money in your pocket, ensure you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and make your home more desirable to a potential buyer. Whatever your reason for wanting to replace your windows here is the expert’s guide to stress-free window installation.

What You Need to Know Before You Install Windows

There are countless brands, styles, shapes, and types of windows, so how does a savvy homeowner like yourself know what to choose? Here are some of our top tips to love your window makeover:

  • Consider Your Home’s Style: When replacing your windows you want to ensure they will complement the appearance of your home. Take a look at your existing mouldings, baseboards, hardware, and fixtures. Keep these in mind when choosing your new windows, casings, window handles, and curtain rods.
  • Choose Vinyl Windows: Although many people like the look of wood, vinyl is much more durable and resistant to moisture making them a great choice.
  • Do Your Research: Make sure the manufacturer provides a warranty on the entire frame, the sash, and the IGU (insulating glass unit). When upgrading your windows there are certain specifications that will make them last longer and help save you money on your utility bill. Consider gas-filled, double-paned, Low E (low emissivity) glass, fusion-welded vinyl corners,  and Energy Star guidelines.
  • Consider Functionality: Do you want a fixed, casement, sliding, double-hung, or pivot style of window? Take a look at the room and the view to answer that question for each space. Don’t forget that there may be building codes that affect the style of window you choose.

There are a lot of details to take into account when choosing new windows to install in your home. Don’t rush your decision and don’t hesitate to bring in a professional to help you with your home improvement project.

How to Install Windows Like a Pro in 8 Steps

You have done your research and it’s time to begin your project. Here are our tips to ensure your order, install, and finish your home's windows like a pro:

  1. Measure the Opening: When replacing your window you will need to get an accurate measurement of the pocket opening. If you measure your window incorrectly you will surely have to spend more time and money later to adjust the window opening, so be sure not to rush this very important step.
  2. Order Replacement Windows: Be sure to take into account all the tips above to get the best windows for your space.
  3. Remove Windows: Double check that you have everything you need for your window removal and installation project. Examine your new windows looking for any damage prior to installation and confirming their sizes before beginning work. Cut through paint and caulk with a utility knife, remove trim and window stops if necessary. Carefully lift the old window out of the opening.
  4. Check for Damage: Once the window has been removed check for any rotten or damaged boards that need to be replaced prior to installation.
  5. Follow Instructions: The window manufacturer will provide instructions for any assembly specifications such as accessory pieces and sill extenders.
  6. Ensure Window is Plumb: This is incredibly important because your window will not open and close properly if it is crooked. Tilt the window into the rough opening and make sure that the new window is properly centred. Use blocks and shims to ensure the perfect placement. To check for square, measure the window diagonally from corner to corner. They should be exactly the same. You can adjust the fit with shims to get the window square.
  7. Properly Insulate: Once the window has been installed according to the manufacturer’s directions, fill all gaps around it with a minimally expanding foam. This is important because otherwise, your window placement can shift as the foam expands. 
  8. Window Finishing: Now that the window is properly installed you will want to do all the finishing steps: install the interior trim/casings, caulk interior and exterior seams, and finish nail holes with a flexible sealant. Once the caulking has dried, paint the new trim and casings to match the rest of your home.

Calgary’s Window Removal and Replacement Expert Tips

Replacing your home’s windows may seem like a simple project, but each step of the process has multiple steps and missing even one could mean a DIY disaster. An incorrectly installed window can lead to broken panes, uncomfortable and money-wasting drafts, reduced noise cancellation, difficulty operating the crank/slide, and worst of all leaks and mold.

Avoid the headaches by bringing in Calgary’s best window installation team to get the smooth window renovation you desire. At Asonic Roofing & Construction we offer an industry-leading 10-year warranty, so reach out by calling (403) 462-2808 or fill out our online contact form for your no-obligation estimate today.

FAQs

What is a new construction window?
New construction windows are used when a new home is being built. During this initial construction, the studs of the home are exposed allowing the new construction window to be installed directly onto the frame and is nailed into the framing of the home. Replacement windows, on the other hand, have no nailing fins or flanges: they are smooth-sided so the installer can easily insert the window into the pre-existing window opening.

What is a low E Window?
Low E stands for ‘low emissivity. Low E windows are preferred by homeowners as they are more energy-efficient, hold the temperature better, and offer better protection from UV Rays.

When should I replace my home’s windows?
When you choose to replace your home’s windows depends on their quality, style, and previous installation. If your windows were installed by a professional and were a high-quality option you may find that could last for 20 years or more. But tastes and design trends change over the decades and many people opt to upgrade their home’s windows for a fresh, more modern look.

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