With average winter low temperatures in the teens and 20s, you need good windows for your Grand Rapids home. That way, you can keep heat from escaping and driving up your heating bill.
If it’s been a while, it may be time to replace your window or windows. However, you may wonder how long the process will take.
Read on to learn more and for tips to speed up the installation.
Placing an Order
One of the first things you need to do to replace your window is to figure out which windows to replace. Consider where they are in your home and how many windows you want to change.
You’ll also need to decide what type of windows to replace them with and if they’ll be a different type. Make sure you measure the windows in question multiple times so that you get the correct size.
Then, you can work with a window replacement company to order your new windows. Workers can come to your home and give you an estimate for the project so that you can get an idea of the cost and the installation time.
Overall, ordering your windows should only take a few hours between measuring them and contacting a company.
Window Production and Shipping
More factors that can affect how long it takes to replace your windows are production and shipping. First, you should consider where the company you hire will get the windows from.
If they work with a local or domestic company, the shipping time will be lower. On the other hand, if they make their windows abroad, you may have to wait a while.
Another thing to keep in mind is the color of the window frame. White is a standard color, but ordering custom windows can increase the production time.
You may be able to speed up the production process, but expect to pay more for the faster service. On average, windows will arrive anywhere from two to six weeks after you order them.
The window company has your windows, and you’ve scheduled an installation date. When that day arrives, the installation time can be anywhere from a couple of hours to all day.
It will depend on a few factors, such as the number of windows, the size of the windows, and the number of workers. One person can replace your window in one room in around two hours.
However, if you want to replace all of your windows, it may take all day. Even if the window replacement company sends a team, they may still take multiple hours to complete the job.
Don’t try to rush this step of the process, or your windows may not go in correctly. Then, you could end up wasting a ton of money on utilities due to a lack of proper insulation.
How to Speed Up the Installation Time
While you shouldn’t rush the workers, you can do a few things to cut down on the installation time. Consider the following things and how they can help.
Remove Window Dressings
Before the window team arrives, take down any curtains or blinds that you have on your windows. Remove any drapes, shades, and other things that you cover the windows with.
It also helps to take down curtain rods that go over the window. That way, you won’t have to worry about those getting in the way as the workers replace your window.
Find a safe place in your home to store the dressings for the day. You can put them back up after the new window is in place.
Clear the Area
You’ll also want to clear the area near the inside and outside of the window. Move any couches, bookcases, and other items at least a few feet away.
Moving the items yourself means you can find a safe spot for them. You’ll also help the team save time since they can easily get to the windows in question.
If you want to replace your window on an upper floor, you should consider what’s on the ground. Make sure there’s plenty of room for the team to use a ladder.
Yes, this will take time away from your other obligations, but it shouldn’t take too long. Plus, you can make sure the window installation goes smoothly.
Unlock Your Doors
While people are there to replace your window, you should unlock your doors. Unlocking your doors will allow workers to come in and out of the house as necessary.
That way, they can work on the windows from the inside or outside of your home. It can also save you some time because you won’t have to get up and open the door every time a worker needs to enter.
You can focus on work or other activities that you need to get done that day. Then, everyone involved can work more efficiently, and you can keep the installation time down.
Find Someone to Be Home
Maybe you can’t be home the day a company will be replacing your home’s windows. If so, try to find some other adult you trust who can stay home and let the workers inside.
You can ask your partner, a friend, or another relative to watch the house. They can even direct workers to the rooms with the windows you want to replace that day.
Having someone who can be at your house also comes in handy if the workers have any questions or if something goes wrong. If you have a friend stay over, they can contact you if necessary.
You can always leave a list of notes regarding the windows you’re replacing and any other details related to the project.
Replace Your Window Today
Overall, it can take a few weeks to replace your window, from ordering one to the installation day. However, the installation time should only be a few hours.
Be sure you prepare the areas around your windows before the workers get to your house. Then, you can help them save time, and you can keep your valuables safe.
Are you ready to replace your windows? Learn more about our window replacement service.