When it comes to home improvement projects, some amount of mess should be expected, and a new window installation is certainly no exception. Switching out your old windows means that you need to prepare for dust and dirt from the ongoing work. The good news is there are things you can do to prepare for the upcoming window installation to help keep the mess to a minimum.
Close All Doors
To prevent dust from spreading to other parts of the house, make sure all doors are kept closed during the new window installation. By containing the dust to one area of the home, it will be much easier for your window professionals to keep the mess under control and clean up after the job is completed.
Use Outside Facing Fans
You can blow dust and dirt outside by placing outside-facing fans around your windows. This method is especially helpful when working in small rooms. However, you need to take the weather into consideration before setting up a fan. For example, if winds are strong, they could draw the dust and dirt back into the inside if the rough opening becomes exposed.
Keep the Job Site Sealed
Another way to contain the mess during a new window installation is to hang plastic sheets up. These barriers help to ensure that the job site is airtight, and all gaps are sealed to effectively prevent dirt and debris from spreading. Placing drop cloths on the floor ensures that only a minimal amount of dust and debris will land on your floor.
Protect Your Belongings
If you’re able to move certain belongings to other parts of the house, such as a garage or storage room, that is ideal. The best way to keep your valuables safe and avoid risk of damage while the new window installation is going on is to remove your belongings.
If moving your belongings is too difficult or impossible (like heavy furniture or appliances for example), then you’ll definitely want to cover them with plastic sheets or drop cloths.
Allow for Easy Access
During your new window installation, the window professionals you hire will need plenty of easy, unobstructed access to the room and to the windows themselves. They’ll need to carry out old windows and bring new windows in, so it’s crucial that you keep walkways in your home completely clear of obstacles and move anything that might cause an accident or get in the way of workers.
Expect the Mess
Finally, just knowing that it’s going to be messy is one of the best ways you can prepare yourself for the first day of your new window installation. Removing your old windows and replacing them with new ones involves scraping old paint and glue, sanding, installing patches of drywall, and painting. The mess will likely consist of things like paint (both dry and wet) and dust on your floors and the outside areas underneath your windows. This is why placing drop cloths on the floor to catch some of the mess is recommended.
Hire the Right Professional
Hiring an experienced and reputable local window company will help ease some of your worries and burdens, as they should help prepare you for what to expect prior to your new window installation day. If you still have any questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. You should feel comfortable communicating with your window company and they should be more than happy to answer your questions or talk you through the process.
Armorvue Home Exteriors would be happy to assist you with any window related questions or needs. We’re a proud part of this community, and we’d love to talk to you about new windows for your home. Contact us today for a virtual appointment.