As with any home improvement project, window replacement can get messy. Dust and dirt are inevitable, and even the best contractors cannot guarantee a mess-free job. This is especially true when it comes to full-frame window installations.
For this reason, it’s important to take extra precautions to protect your home from the potential mess the project may create along the way.
1. Ensure There’s a Pathway
One of the first things you need to do is ensure there’s a clear pathway around the windows both inside and out. If there are area rugs, plants, furniture or anything located near or around the windows, it’s best to remove them before the installation team arrives. Take the time to remove patio furniture, landscape features and potted plants to make room for equipment. Your contractor may likely use ladders and need lifts to access the windows in the second story.
2. Clear Away Accessories
After making sure there is an available pathway inside and outside your home, the next thing to do is remove window treatments, such as curtains, shades and blinds. If you’re doing a retrofit window installation, however, ask your contractor whether you can leave the window covering in place. Be sure to take down any artwork, photos or other wall decorations as well as these can get damaged during the installation. As the team removes your old windows, the ensuing vibration can shake these interior elements off the wall or could accumulate dirt from airborne particles.
3. Store Valuables in Safe Places
If you plan to replace all windows in your home, you may have to find a safe storage space for all your belongings and valuables. To keep them out of the way, consider moving them to a garage or a basement area. Or perhaps you may want to rent a portable storage container. These containers are available in different sizes and can be delivered to your home. This way, you avoid misplacing items and ensure everything is in one safe location.
4. Plan for Cleanup
A reputable window replacement company likely has a cleanup plan. This should include the removal of the old windows and any debris from the job. However, even though the majority of the mess will be handled, it’s a good idea to plan for a major cleanup after all the protective tarpaulin or drop clothes are removed. You may also want to invest in a good shop vacuum to eliminate splintered wood, drywall dust, and other heavy debris.
Replacing your windows is a significant investment. To enjoy the benefits they provide like natural lighting, outdoor views and energy efficiency, be sure to work with Renewal by Andersen® of Houston. Count on our experienced team of installers to minimize the mess as much as possible while we work in your home. For a free in-home consultation, call us today at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our online contact form. We proudly serve homeowners in Houston, TX, and the surrounding communities.