Hiring a skilled and experienced window installer is crucial for ensuring a proper window installation. Any mistake in the installation process will affect the energy efficiency, durability and aesthetics of your new windows. That’s why good window installers take several precautions to avoid these seven common pitfalls.
1. Ignoring Proper Measurements
Accurate measurements are fundamental to a successful window installation. Inaccuracies can lead to ill-fitting windows, air leakage and water infiltration. Experienced installers take precise measurements, ensuring that the new windows fit snugly and function optimally, just as when installing siding.
2. Improper Sealant Application
The sealant or caulk used during installation is vital for preventing water and air leaks. Inexperienced installers may apply sealant haphazardly or neglect it altogether. A good installer knows the importance of using high-quality sealants and applying them meticulously to create an airtight and watertight seal.
3. Neglecting Insulation and Flashing
Proper insulation and flashing are essential for energy efficiency and preventing moisture intrusion. Skilled installers pay close attention to these details. Insufficient insulation can result in drafts, while improper flashing can lead to water damage. Good installers ensure that insulation is correctly placed and flashing is installed to redirect water away from the window.
4. Ignoring Local Building Codes
Window installations must adhere to local building codes and regulations. Inexperienced installers may overlook these requirements, potentially leading to costly violations. Experienced window installers are well-versed in local codes and ensure that installations meet all necessary standards.
5. Rushing the Job
A rushed window installation can result in subpar workmanship and future issues. Experienced installers understand the importance of taking their time to ensure every step is done correctly. This includes leveling the window, using shims when needed and securely fastening the window in place. Rushed work can result in uneven frames, gaps and inefficient insulation.
6. Using Low-Quality Materials
High-quality materials are crucial for window and siding installations. Using subpar materials can lead to premature wear and tear, reduced energy efficiency, and a diminished overall appearance.
Good installers make informed recommendations for materials and hardware. They select products that offer durability and energy efficiency to maximize the value of your window installation. Cutting corners with low-quality materials is a mistake they conscientiously avoid, aiming to provide you with windows that stand the test of time.
7. Neglecting to Check for Leaks and Drafts Post-Installation
Finally, a good installer continuously checks for leaks and drafts post-installation. Much like checking for gaps in your siding, it’s essential to guarantee that the window seals correctly. Failed seals might lead to higher energy consumption and potential water damage.
With a track record of success in window installation, Krech Exteriors consistently provides top-notch service across Minneapolis. Our experienced team delivers premium results that stand the test of time. Contact us today at (651) 688-6368 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.