You can have the best quality windows in the world but if they’re installed incorrectly, it won’t make any difference. Your windows may have slight gaps, or they may be crooked, or they may not open and close quite right. Whatever the case, shoddy installation leads to poor performance over time.
That’s why quality installation and quality materials both go hand in hand. Don’t assume that just because you chose the best windows that money can buy that they’ll be installed properly. The average homeowner knows very little about window installation, which puts them at the mercy of installers who may take advantage of them.
That’s why you want to choose an installer that prides itself on an honest, upfront window installation process. This includes a free initial consultation, precise measurements, open communication, quick yet efficient work, full cleanup and a phone call follow-up to check on satisfaction.
Common Problems with Poor Installation
Improperly-installed windows can lead to many problems down the road such as water that leaks into the wall structure and damages your walls.
Other signs of poorly installed windows to keep an eye out for include:
- Condensation within panes: The appearance of moisture signals a failure of the seals inside the unit, meaning the perimeter has been broken.
- Increased energy bills: Poor installation could be to blame for increased energy bills. Those bills are supposed to be going down, not up!
- Poor operation: If your windows stick, or otherwise don’t open and close smoothly, this is a clear sign that the installer failed to following the manufacturer’s guidelines, or it could be the result of the wrong sash size.
During, and immediately following installation, you can spot shoddy installers through these signs:
- Messy or incomplete caulking: This is typically the last step, applied to the outer perimeter of the windows. This material acts as a barrier of protection between the weather and your interior. Even though it may look like it was evenly applied at first, it may develop holes or gaps as it begins the drying process, which can take up to a few weeks. Take a look at the caulking in a few weeks to ensure it doesn’t have gaps. If it does, call your technician back to fix it. A professional window installer will take painstaking efforts to make sure the caulking is applied neatly and adequately the first time around.
- Stains on the glass: Stains and smudges are common after installation. Technicians wear gloves, but gloves get dirty and can transfer dirt onto the glass. Caulking and glues can also bleed onto the window. A true professional will clean up your windows to make sure they are clear and free from debris or stickers.
- Inadequate cleanup: Window installation is a messy job. Your technician likely told you to cover your furniture with tarps as well as any valuables. Dust and debris inside your home is inevitable during the process. However, a good installer considers cleanup a part of the job and will leave your home the way they found it by cleaning up after themselves. You can always spot a reputable professional by the way they treat you and your property during and after a job. A shoddy installer will leave the place a mess and consider it your
- Failure to come back and address issues: If you have an issue with your windows after the fact, your window installer should have no problem coming back and addressing it. After all, customer satisfaction is what drives business. Anyone who disappears after the initial installation and can’t be bothered to address your concerns is no one you want to deal with in the future.
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