Windows can be troublesome to install, which is why many window replacement contractors will never recommend taking on this project as a DIY. Unless you have considerable construction experience, attempting it almost always ends badly.
Even though you’re mostly definitely not going to replace your home’s windows by yourself, it pays that you check with your contractor if they are taking these necessary precautions. Now, there’s no need to hover over their shoulders while they’re working, but a few well-timed questions can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Unfortunately, a lot of people invest in replacement windows without ever considering that the braces where the windows sit will shrink over time. Placing the actual window sill flush above the wood sounds like the right thing to do, but once the rainy season comes, and the weather cycles through wet and dry, you’ll find that most wooden braces can shrink by up to a third of an inch. This causes spaces to appear between the wall and the window, a huge problem when winter kicks in.
Bricks for Braces
If your windows sit on bricks instead of wood, then you’re luckier than most. However, there’s a huge chance that these bricks are connected to wooden frames or fixtures somewhere else in the home, which, of course, can potentially cause warping issues. This can be easily remedied by allowing a half-inch space that can take the changes in size quite well. Ask your contractor to take these into consideration when replacing your windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta sends Certified Master Installers to handle installation of all windows, but even with their expertise, leakage may still occur. Luckily, almost everyone knows this, and solutions can be easily put in place. Discuss with your window replacement contractor what remedies they will use to prevent leakage.
Make the most of your replacement windows by calling Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta at (888) 908-3332. Services are available in the Greater Atlanta Area.