Because window installation is a complicated process, there are plenty of opportunities to make mistakes that affect the window’s performance. However, good window and siding companies are aware of the biggest mistakes and will do their best to avoid them. Here are four major no-nos that the pros will always avoid.
1. Having an Incorrect Rough Opening Size
Before the actual window frame is installed, a rough opening must be made in the wall. However, inexperienced contractors will make the mistake of just standardizing the size of this rough opening. As a result, some windows end up with small gaps along the frame and the wall. Good contractors know that a proper fit is essential in a window’s performance, and will make sure that the rough opening is sized specifically for the window being installed.
2. Installing a Flat Sill
A window sill is designed to act as a small platform for the windows, but it shouldn’t act as a water trap. Good window companies know that a window sill needs to be sloped down and away from the home to prevent rainwater from getting trapped. Proper still installation helps a lot when it comes to preventing moisture damage.
3. Driving Nails Without Much Thought
A window frame is secured to the wall by a series of nails. These nails must be properly aligned in order for the head to be fully driven into the wall and the frame material. Otherwise, a tilted nail head can create gaps that could prevent the window from creating a proper seal when fully closed. For this reason, many window contractors prefer using nail guns instead of hand tools.
4. Recommending the Wrong Window Type
Perhaps the biggest mistake made by inexperienced contractors is recommending the wrong type of window. Some windows offer better ventilation and natural lighting, while others are more versatile by being compact at the cost of other functions. Good window contractors know which specific window type will work best for your specific needs.
Hire a contractor that will not make these big installation mistakes. Silver Leaf Contracting is the leading home improvement expert in the area. You can call us at (330) 313-0620 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.