Replacing windows can change the whole look and feel of a building, breathing new life into a home that may have started to age.
For some homeowners though, concerns over how long the replacement process could take means a large number of projects never get off the ground.
The good news is, freshening up a property with new windows is not as painful, or time-consuming, as you might think.
However, it’s important to understand the process, be aware of the timescales, and have a plan in place to ensure you get quality windows that will stand the test of time.
Window Replacement Process – What you need to know
- Measure and order new windows. The important first step is to get accurate measurements of the existing window opening to ensure the new window will fit properly. Getting this wrong can cause delays in the project timeline. So getting your measurements right and choosing a reputable manufacturer with a good reputation for producing high-quality windows will help ensure a successful outcome.
- Prepare the opening for the new window. This involves removing the old window and checking the opening is square and level; removing any obstructions that may prevent the new window from fitting properly.
- Install the new window. This is the main installation process, which includes securing the frame in place, installing the glass-sealed unit into the frame, and sealing it all. The length of time for this step will vary, but it typically takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day, depending on the size or style of window. Bay windows, for example, can take longer to fit. It is important to ensure that the window is properly installed to prevent air and water infiltration so that the window performs well for years to come.
The whole process can take anywhere from four to 15 weeks – from initial evaluation, through to manufacturing and installation. Wait times can be affected by a number of factors, including how quickly the manufacturer can deliver your windows to the installer, the experience of your installer, the complexity of the job, and even the weather. Rainy or cold conditions can mean a job takes longer, while during the hot summer months, window companies and installers can be extremely busy.
What are the signs it’s time to replace your window?
- Age. Windows that are more than 15 years old can begin to deteriorate and lose their efficiency. Over time, seals around windows begin to break down, causing air and water infiltration. This can lead to increased energy bills, as well as damage to the interior of your home. Replacing old windows with newer, more energy-efficient ones will help tackle those rising bills, while improving the comfort of your home.
- Draughts. If you’re feeling draughts and cold air in your home, then this is likely to be a sign your windows are no longer sealed properly. Blasting the heating to keep warm is only a short-term solution – especially with those aforementioned energy bills; making replacing old windows with modern systems the most sensible, and cost effective, option.
- Poor functioning. Worn out, or poorly installed, windows can be difficult to open and close. An obvious safety concern, ‘sticky’ windows are also a hindrance to proper ventilation.
- Condensation between the glass. This can indicate that the seals around your window are failing and need to be replaced. Broken seals often lead to water damage and mould growth in the home, as well as a decrease in energy efficiency.
- High energy bills. Are you on tenterhooks every time you go to check your latest bill? Consistently high energy bills may be par the course in the UK at the moment, but if yours are continuing to soar, there could be other factors at play; namely your old windows need replacing.
- Wear and tear. Over time, it’s not uncommon for windows or window frames (think rotting or warping) to start showing signs of wear and tear. This may not only affect their appearance and functionality, it can also lead to more serious issues such as leaks or air infiltration.
- Increased noise. Does the traffic from outside suddenly sound like it’s coming through your living room? If you are hearing more noise from outdoors, there’s a very good chance your windows are not properly soundproofed and need to be replaced.
VEKA window installation – Choosing the perfect windows for your home
If you’re feeling draughts, hearing outdoor noises, seeing wear and tear, and constantly fixing leaks – the time has come to replace your windows.
Installing new windows is a fantastic way to give your home a facelift, while at the same time keeping your energy costs in check.
End to end – from manufacture to installation – the process can take anywhere from four to 15 weeks.
However, installing windows can take anywhere from a couple of hours, to a full day, depending on the size and complexity of the project.
If you want your home to look its best with windows that stand the test of time, it’s important to choose a company with a reputation for quality.
VEKA is a well-respected brand with years of experience, offering a wide range of system solutions to fit the needs of any home.
Our windows are manufactured to the highest of standards. They’re energy efficient, durable, stylish, and incredibly easy to maintain. We also offer a variety of customisation options, so when it comes to finding the perfect windows for your home, you truly are spoilt for choice.