Not knowing what to buy, how much it’s going to cost and who is going to install your new doors or windows can create jitters in anyone new to replacement projects. Although there are many ways to go about having a door or window replaced, there’s only one way that can ensure you get your money’s worth: Hire a professional and experienced contractor.
Working with a professional ensures the ideal replacement process is followed, helping guarantee your replacement project is a success. To give you peace of mind, here’s what you can expect from the ideal door and window replacement process:
- In-Home Consultation
If you want the best window or door replacement for your home, then you’ll need the help of a design expert. There’s no harm in choosing the design on your own. With the help of an experienced professional, however, you’ll be able to choose from designs you might never have even thought were possible.
However, design isn’t the only thing that you should be concerned with when choosing a replacement door or window. You’ll also need to make sure that it fits, was made of high-quality materials and functions the way you expect.
- Measure and Manufacture
Working with a design expert not only opens you up to a world of so many different styles, but also ensures that the design you chose will be ideal for your home. You can expect the contractor to take measurements of the area, which will be forwarded to the manufacturer to produce the replacement door or window in accordance with your exact specifications.
Once the door or window has been produced, it’s ready for installation. After your new door or windows are installed, your contractor will inspect the installation to ensure that it meets certain quality standards. It’s important that you witness this inspection, too.
- Customer Care
If you chose the right company, the story doesn’t end with the installation of your new door or window. Quality companies offer after-sales support, providing top-notch customer service well after the work is done. If you run into any trouble using your door or window, or simply have questions about their products, customer care representatives will be more than willing to assist you in resolving your concerns.
The Ideal Replacement Process
If you noticed, we jumped a little ahead on the installation process. This is so you can get a better idea of what to expect throughout the entire process of changing your door or window. Let’s go back a little and describe the installation process in detail.
Before the product can be installed, or even manufactured, exact measurements need to be taken. This should have taken place before your order was submitted to the company. However, prior to the actual installation, measurements will be taken again to make sure that the original measurements didn’t change.
The installation process is pretty straightforward. Once the installers arrive at your home, they’ll first ensure that the area they’ll be working in is cleared and free of any objects that may hamper their work.
They’ll then proceed to remove the old window or door. This process may take some time as they’ll need to get rid of everything and inspect your wall for any damage or problems. If there are any, they’ll need to fix those first before installing your new door or window.
After installing the product, the installation crew will then apply sealant to prevent air or water from entering through small gaps between the wall and the casing. They’ll then attach the trims and perform some finishing touches, such as cleaning the door or window to prep them for use.
Once the installation is complete, an inspection will be carried out to ensure the project was done in accordance to accepted quality standards.
Before leaving, the installers will make sure that the work area is cleared of any debris and that objects moved are returned to their original position.
Guaranteeing You Get the Ideal Replacement Process
The entire replacement process may seem a bit long and tedious, but every step ensures that you will be fully satisfied with the job at hand. However, you’ll only get the ideal replacement process if you choose a reputable door and window company.
You will have to do some work weeding through door and window contractors in your area, but know that your effort will be well worth it when you see the results of your replacement project. Getting new doors and windows is an investment, so you’re going to want to ensure that you make the most of it.
Larry Closs is the President of Renewal by Andersen of South Louisiana, a New Orleans-based company that offers replacement windows and doors. He is also President and Founder of MaxHome – a local construction company that was named the fastest growing construction company in the country in 2014 by Inc. Magazine. They are also a three-time winner of Nola.com and Times-Picayune Top Workplace award. When he’s not in the field, he shares home improvement tips and other industry knowledge through the company blog.