Installing new replacement windows is a process that most homeowners go through only once or twice in their lifetimes, so it is normal not to have the slightest clue of what happens. The following is a highly generalized account of what you might expect when a full-service company replaces your windows.


Having replacement windows in Syracuse might not be something that everyone goes through regularly, maybe once or twice in a lifetime. The process happens so few and far between that people might not know what to expect, which is what we aim to help you with. Here’s a rundown of the process and everything you need to know. This way, you can be sure that the process is done correctly, and you get the best results possible.


Should you stay home?

It’s adviced that you remain at home during the process, as it can be a rather invasive process, despite the fact that you’re not required to. Having the windows of your entire house reinstalled means that every room must be worked on. It’s a good idea to keep track of the process, as well as a close eye on your valuables.


Small items of value such as watches and jewelry should be kept in a locked in a cabinet. Even though the window company might be reputable, it doesn’t mean that every single employee must be as honest as the company.


If you must work, during the installation process, you should ask the foreman to do your home office first in order for you to continue your work.


How closely should you monitor the workers?

The best way to go about it is to keep your distance and let them do their work. Don’t hover and snooping around their work. You should make your presence felt, but not so much that they feel like you don’t trust them. This can make them feel nervous, which can ironically be the cause of issues.


Before Installers Arrive

Touch bases with the salesperson or scheduler and confirm installation date and time.

If you have any specific requirements or instructions, place your notes on the wall next to the windows that are to be replaced. For example: "Please save old window."


Day 1: Remove Old Windows and Begin Replacement


  • You should talk to the foreman as you walk around the house. Anything that you want the workers to do specifically, you can tell the foreman. This is a good opportunity to see how the company deals with the ordering process, which will tell you a lot about how the process is going to go.


  • A team of window installers usually have a  set of installers and removers. They work in tandem to ensure that the work goes quickly and smoothly.


  • There might be quite a bit of dust and debris during the process, so if you want to protect your furniture, then you might want to consider covering it up with drop cloths.


  • Once the old windows are removed, the new one is installed in its place. The new windows will be measured in and leveled with the shims to make sure that they are lined up. They will then be nailed in place.


  • The old windows will be stacked outside your house.


  • As the process gets going, just have a chat with the foreman to see what he thinks about the process and what his opinions are on the new windows.


  • Depending on the size of the crew, you can expect up to 10 newly installed windows within a day.


  • Once the installer team leaves, there should be no tools left lying around the house. Your floor and furniture should be cleaned of any dust, and the old windows are discarded safely and properly.


Days 2 and 3: Finish Removal/Replacement; Begin Exterior Cladding of Windows


  • Installers arrive to continue to the job.


  • Once the window is put in place, the exterior of your window will then be trimmed to give it protection from the weather. This might or might not be a part of the service, depending on the contract.


  • The installation process will typically be finished on the second day in a normal-sized house. It can extend to the third day if there’s any difficulty or if the cladding or trimming is a part of the service. You should plan your time according to this schedule.


  • Once the process is completed, your house will be broom-cleaned and your new windows will be water-windows tested.

Replacement windows in Syracuse add significantly more value and more functionality to your home without detracting from the look and feel of it. If you’ve decided that replacement windows are for you, get in touch with us today so that you can start looking for the perfect modern windows that will complement your home’s historic charm.