Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

What To Expect When Getting Replacement Windows Installed


Do you have an upcoming appointment for your windows to be replaced on your home, but you're not sure what to expect? Here is what will happen on the day you get new windows. 

Glazing And Glass Removal

The process starts by removing the plastic glazing on the old windows. This sometimes needs to be heated so that the glazing can be peeled back gently. This allows the installers to remove the old glass and take it far away from the house, which will ensure it does not accidentally shatter and make a mess. 

Framing Removal

Now the installers have the task of removing the old framing material from the home. This can be either very easy or difficult depending on how the original contractor put in the windows. The framing will need to be removed while maintaining the existing bricks on the outside of the home and the drywall on the inside of the home. 

Be aware that this process can be a bit noisy since it does require some force to pry out the old framing material. That old window is likely not going to come out in one piece either, with the old windows frequently needing to be taken out in several small pieces.

New Window Placement

The new windows will have been measured well in advance to ensure that they are the perfect size for your home. The windows should hopefully fit right into that hole that was left behind without any issues. Care will be taken to make sure the window is completely plumb and square before the window is secured to your home. 

Trim Placement

It's possible that the window may need some trim applied around it in order to make it fit and look well in your home. This may be necessary if the hole of the window is not even all the way across, leaving a gap on one side of the window. The trim is used to make the whole window look even and seal those gaps.

Caulk Application

With the trim in place, the installer can now finish the job by placing a solid bead caulk around the entire perimeter of the window. This will close up that small gap where air and water can potentially get through to the inside of your, which makes the new window weather tight.

Reach out to a window installation company for more info on how the installation process will go. 


4 February 2021