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What Can I Expect During My Window Replacement Project?

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When it comes to home improvement projects, replacing your windows is a significant undertaking that can greatly improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. In this article, we’ll guide you through the window replacement process, from the initial consultation to the final inspection. So, if you’re considering a window replacement project, read on to discover what to expect every step of the way.

Initial Consultation and Measurement

The first step in your window replacement journey is reaching out to a reputable window replacement company. Typically, after you’ve made contact, a representative from the company will schedule an initial consultation with you. During this consultation, the focus will be on gathering essential information.

Window Measurement and Style Discussion

One of the primary tasks during the initial consultation is to measure the windows that you intend to replace. This step provides the company with the necessary dimensions to give you an accurate proposal. Additionally, you will discuss the various window styles available and any specific design elements, such as grid patterns, that are pertinent to your project.

Within 72 hours of this consultation, you can expect to receive an itemized proposal outlining the scope of work discussed. In many cases, companies use specialized software to generate window quotes quickly, making the process efficient.

Deposits and Contract Signing

Once you’ve reviewed the proposal and agreed upon the terms, it’s time to move forward with the project. At this point, it’s important to note that most window manufacturers and suppliers typically require a deposit for special-order or non-stock windows. This deposit is usually around 50% of the total cost, as the materials often make up the majority of the project’s expense.

After signing the contract, either the company’s representative or one of their associates will visit your home to perform a final measurement. This measurement ensures that the window openings are accurately sized, and it also allows for consideration of other relevant details, such as the drywall return and trim types both inside and outside.

Window Ordering and Delivery

With the measurements in hand, the company will proceed to order your windows from their supplier. The timeline for window delivery can vary, typically taking anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks. The duration depends on the specific product you’ve chosen and the manufacturer’s lead times.

Once the windows arrive at the supplier, they will arrange a delivery date that works for you. Most often, they will store the windows in a protected area, like a garage, to prevent exposure to the elements.

Professional Installation

The installation phase is where the real transformation happens. When the installation crew arrives, they will measure both the replacement window and the existing window in the opening to ensure accuracy. This step helps avoid mistakes in the ordering process and prevents delays.

During installation, the team will use high-quality fasteners, expanding foam, caulking, and silicone to complete the window replacement. Expanding foam is typically used to fill any gaps, providing insulation and ensuring a snug fit for the new window. This meticulous approach minimizes air and water infiltration around the window unit, improving energy efficiency.

The level of craftsmanship during installation is crucial, and experienced crews take care not to damage exterior and interior trim. If any trim is disturbed during the process, they will make sure it looks as good as new once they’re finished.

Timing and Sequence

When it comes to combining window replacement with other projects, such as siding or deck installations, there’s a preferred sequence. While it’s possible to do the siding first and then the windows, most installers find it more efficient to complete the windows before tackling larger projects. This ensures that your windows are properly installed before any exterior work begins.

Final Inspection and Satisfaction

Once the window replacement project is completed, you and the company representative will conduct a thorough inspection. This inspection will cover both the exterior and interior of the windows to ensure they operate correctly and meet your expectations. Only after you are 100% satisfied with the results will final payment be collected.


A window replacement project involves several key steps, from the initial consultation and measurement to ordering, installation, and final inspection. Each stage is vital to ensuring the success of your project. If you’re considering a window replacement, reach out to us. We will guide you through the process and help you enjoy the benefits of new, energy-efficient windows in your home.

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