One of the best home improvements you can make is to install a replacement window because of its benefits, from energy savings to curb appeal.
However, once you’ve decided to replace a window (or all of them), you may be left wondering how long it is going to take. Below is a walkthrough of the timeline of replacing a window.
Selecting the Right Windows
The process begins with meeting with a technician from the window company. This is when you’ll decide which window or windows you’d like replaced and what you’ll be replacing them with. Then the installer will come and measure the windows for a precise fit. It’s crucial to get these measurements right before they order the windows from the manufacturer.
It Takes Time to Make a High-Quality Product
Generally, it takes between 4-6 weeks from ordering to fabricate the windows. Once they’re ready, the window installer will schedule an installation date with you. It’s ideal for you to be home during this process, as workers will need to be in and out of the house, and so you can be available should the foreman need any instruction.
The process of removing the old windows and replacing them with new ones usually takes 2-3 days. Of course, there are many variables, such as the number of windows being installed, the type, and the weather. Installation crews aim to remove an old window and install a replacement window on the same day, to avoid the need for boarding up windows or leaving your house open to the elements. A good window crew will often replace 10 to 15 windows in a day. The benefit of hiring a pro is that the actual installation only takes around 30 minutes, and it will be completed safely with all the proper tools and equipment. After the old window is removed, the new one is inserted, then leveled using shims. Once leveled, it is nailed or anchored into place. To ensure a good seal, any gaps are filled with insulation. The final step, which is optional, is to add cladding on the exterior. This makes the window weathertight, protecting against leaks and the elements.
While the actual replacement of a window only takes around 30 minutes for a professional, the whole process–from signing a contract to window fabrication to installing exterior cladding–takes about six weeks.
Northern Utah Glass Can Help
Hiring a professional to install a replacement window will ensure the entire process goes smoothly. At Northern Utah Glass, our technicians are ready to assist you throughout the entire process of selecting, measuring, ordering, and installing your new windows.
With over 15 years of experience, we are ready to help you upgrade your home. We’re based in North Ogden and serve Weber, Davis, and Salt Lake Counties. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate, and let’s get started on making your dream home.