Installing Doors and Windows: Getting Ready In 4 Steps

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Have your brand new windows and doors been ordered and they are going to be installed today? We understand you, nothing like modern windows - and high energy efficiency - to revamp a home. How can you prepare while waiting for these to be delivered and installed? Here are the four steps we recommend for an installation without unpleasant surprises and in complete peace of mind.

The choice of installers

When signing the agreement with your supplier, you could decide - or not - to have your doors and windows installed by his team of installers. If you have a new house built by a contractor, they will take care of it.

You can also hire your own aluminium window and door installers in Pretoria or do it yourself. That said, there are benefits to using the installation services offered by the manufacturer that goes far beyond saving time, including:

Proper installation will maximize the energy performance of your doors and windows and prevent premature wear of mechanisms.

Know-how: professionals have the training, experience, and expertise required for a proper installation.

Precautions

Once your choice of installers is made, all you need is your products. Has the manufacturer confirmed the exact delivery date to you? Although it is possible to install doors and windows during all 4 seasons - yes, even in winter - certain weather conditions may vary the date of delivery, installation, or the duration of the work.

Before the installation team arrives at your home with its trailer and tools, you have a minimum of precautions to take:

  • Does your municipality require a permit or certificate of authorization for such work? It is your responsibility to obtain one.
  • You must remove the coverings of your doors and windows: blinds, curtains, shutters, curtains, fabrics, and even rods.
  • Do you have a pet roaming free in the house? Make sure it is in a safe place; the installers will open the door several times.
  • Is your property protected by an alarm system? It is better to notify the company or to temporarily unplug it.

To protect your belongings and extend their life, cover valuables and move those located near interior and exterior openings (furniture, garden furniture, light fixtures, plants, decorations, garden hoses, etc.).

3. Preparation of the installation of doors and windows

Before the truck arrives, free up a parking lot near your house. Installers will have to make several trips back and forth to their trailer with tools or heavy materials.

There must be a responsible adult on site. This person will be able to take the opportunity to ask all the questions that he wishes to the installers; They're here for that!

Depending on the season, the temperature may vary slightly in the house or insects can enter. Since this is renovation work, there will certainly be noise as well as a slight accumulation of dust. Rest assured, this is all minor, as the openings are replaced one at a time, like this:

  • Removing the existing door or window
  • Inspection and preparation for the opening
  • Positioning and fixing of the new product so that it is square and plumb
  • Insulation and finishing

4. Finishing

Once the work is completed, the installers will ensure the cleanliness of the premises in order to restore them - as much as possible - to their original state. A seasoned installer will take the time to inspect new windows and doors with the customer. He will also make sure that the latter knows how his products work and can even give him maintenance recommendations. To prepare for this final step:

  • Do you know what you will do with your old windows and doors? Will the installers take care of it? Can your local vendor recover them?
  • Plan to reinstall your window treatments - treat yourself, this is your opportunity to replace them!
  • Expect to fill a few cosmetic holes on the door frames or touch up paint.

These few preparatory steps will certainly make the job of the installers and yours easier. If you have any further questions, please ask your representative or the manufacturer's service department for more information. The choice of the speaker depends on where you are in your purchasing process. In all cases, a resource person will be able to answer you.

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