Common Window Replacement Mistakes

Installing replacement windows is one of those home projects where you will want to call professionals to install your windows. The team at New Windows for America is the only professional team you should trust as Denver’s window replacement experts where we will work to complete each job right every time, and help you choose the right window for your home.

If you want to end up with an energy-efficient, smooth operating, and long-lasting window, every step of the installation process needs to be executed with the greatest attention to detail.

Here are some of the most common window replacement mistakes and some useful tips that will help you avoid them.

Basing Window Choice on Price

Window prices vary depending on style, size, and brand. New Windows for America will help you choose a window based on your budget, as well as the right fit for your home.

Incorrect Measurements

It is very important to install the correct size replacement window. When measuring for new windows we must always account for settling out of square and the condition of the substrate. New windows are typically a deeper window so we must account for the extra depth by cutting drywall back or adding new trim boards. Our replacement windows are custom-made to the 1/8” to ensure proper fit and installation.

Rely on the experts at New Windows for America to take exact measurements for the best fitting window for your home.

Flashings and Proper Installation

Replacement windows should be installed in the same footprint as existing windows, utilizing the existing drip cap flashing if possible. If the existing drip cap flashing cannot be utilized then a new drip cap must be installed. Typically, replacement windows are a block retrofit type installation. With this type of manufacture-approved installation, the existing window can be removed, and the new window installed without damaging the interior or exterior trims and finishes. Before installing the new window, we must clean the opening of all dust and debris and install a self-adhered flashing sill pan.

If you aren’t sure what to look for, our professional installers at New Windows for America can help. We will ensure that the window opening is adequately prepared and measured before placing your new window.

The New Windows for America team will only recommend the right replacement windows for your home and will help you select the appropriate installation materials to keep the window securely in place.

Using the wrong spray foam

Filling the cavity around the entire perimeter of the window with expanding spray foam could prevent unwelcome water from escaping back to the outdoors. Also, dispensing too much foam or the use of high-expanding foam could bow wood jams or even distort a window frame.

Not following manufacturer instructions

While all windows share similar installation procedures, most of them have unique requirements based on extensive laboratory and field testing.

Upon installation, we will provide you with instructions and best practices from the window manufacturer.  Following the instructions will also prevent voiding the warranty.

Not reading reviews before you hire a contractor

Reading reviews is one of the most important things you can do prior to meeting with a company. Search reviews on Google, Angi, Yelp, or a similar website to see what other consumers are saying about their experience with the companies you are interviewing.

New Windows for America has numerous 5-star reviews, you can read through them here.

Not understanding lead times before ordering

Lead time is an estimated time from when the order is placed to when the product is delivered to the destination.

We will be in constant communication with you on when the windows will be ordered, delivered, and installed so that you will have clear expectations and can plan accordingly.

For knowledgeable, experienced experts in replacement windows in Denver and surrounding areas, you will want to contact New Windows for America. We are a locally owned and operated Colorado business proudly serving Denver and the surrounding communities for over 20 years.

Contact us today at (303) 920-0175 to schedule a FREE in-home estimate for your window replacement project.