You’ve spent some time researching the best types of windows to install in your home or investment property, chosen a colour, and maybe even ordered your windows and booked your installer to come and fit them. But you may still be wondering – How exactly is this going to go down? Well, in today’s blog post, we’ve given you the simplified, step-by-step rundown of how aluminium windows are fitted into a home.
Phase 1: Preparation
1. Firstly, all blinds and curtains are removed, including curtain rods, so the installers have a clear working space, and there’s no chance of blinds being damaged. Drop sheets are also laid to protect the floor and skirting boards from any dust, dirt or scratches.
2. Next, the architraves are removed, followed by the window. Depending on the size of the window, the glass may be removed first, if the pane is particularly large. Or, if it’s a small window, sometimes the whole window can be removed in one go.
3. If needed, the existing window opening is prepped – Depending on the size of the window you’ve chosen to have installed, the existing opening may need to be made bigger or smaller. Your installer will let you know this before any work is started.
Phase 2: Aluminium window installation
4. The next step is to actually install the window. This is done by hand and is normally a two or maybe even three-person job. The window is slowly lifted into position and rested inside the window recess. Before it’s drilled into place, the window must be tested with a spirit level and adjusted if needed so that it’s completely level. Then, we’re ready to drill in the window.
Phase 3: Finishing up
5. After the window has been drilled in and is sitting snugly inside the recess, the next step is to install the architraves, and re-add any curtains and blinds that were removed. Storm moulds may also be installed at this point.
6. Lastly, your installers (if they’re from BetaView) will clean up and be on their way, leaving you to enjoy the view from your brand new window. Here’s some handy info on caring for your aluminium windows.
Overcoming the big challenges
Given the vast array of building types, ages of property, designs styles and level of workmanship out there, there’s always a chance of something unexpected cropping up during installation. Using professional window installers is key to smoothly overcoming these issues which can occur from time to time.
- Rot: If rot is found in the existing timber lintels, they must be replaced before a new window is installed. This type of thing is hard to detect before the existing window has already been removed, but you will be kept up to date all the way through the process.
- Sill bricks: Sill bricks may fall out during installation, in which case, they will need to be re-installed. The window installers will usually be able to do this easily.
- Rendering issues: If replacing a window in a rendered house, inevitably, the rendering may peel at the edges where the old window was removed. If this happens, your installer can normally organise for a renderer to attend the site (usually, at the owner’s cost).
Ensuring that your aluminium window installation goes as smoothly as possible
If you’re still trying to decide between a supply-only and a supply-and-install service, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to ensuring you get the smoothest and best window installation possible.
Why choose a professional supply and installation service?
Any builder or carpenter can theoretically install an aluminium window. However, the folks at BetaView install aluminium and only aluminium windows all day every day, so they have experience working with the particular types of windows that we sell. They know the product well, and they are familiar with all the intricate installation tasks, including any adjustments and testing the window seals to make sure they are watertight and airtight. This is particularly important, as a millimeter of misalignment can mean that the window is susceptible to air and water getting in, or in some case, if the window is particularly large, blowing out in strong winds. Not ideal in any situation.
You get the benefit of dealing with an established, professional Aussie business, a long workmanship warranty, moving parts cover, public liability insurance and where necessary, home warranty cover. This peace of mind represents fantastic value in the long term and ensure the process is as stress-free as possible.
Finally, if there are any issues discovered with the product itself before, during or after fitting, our installers have direct contact with the factory, so any problems (such as a window being the wrong size for the opening) can be resolved quickly and easily, rather than going through a middleman. If you choose supply only, it can take longer to have any issues repaired, as there are now more third parties involved.
When you get a quote for your window installation, your property is essentially being surveyed, so we can give you the most accurate quote from the start.
For a visual runthrough of a window installation, start to finish, check out our YouTube video here. Or, if you require any further info on window installation, feel free to contact us today.