A window contractor is hired to install or replace windows in a home or business. When a new construction is built, windows cannot be installed until the wall framing is in place. After this step, plywood is installed on the home or business exterior and sheetrock is installed inside. Windows go in place before any finishing work is done.
Why Do I Need to Hire a Window Contractor?
One a previously built home or business, eventually windows will deteriorate and need replacing. A window contractor prices what it will take to remove the old window, choose a window that offers the best warranty, protection and aesthetic appeal to a customer, fix up any framing if the lumber has signs of dry rot and then install the new window.
Installing a window is relatively easy, but it does require a few steps. First, if there is no existing hole there, the window contractor must frame the rough opening. Next studs are installed if necessary to support the weight of the window. In preexisting window frames, this isn’t necessary because they will already be in place. Before installing the window, weatherproof paper is tacked over the framework to prevent any water that may get by from damaging the frame. Most window contractors recommend at least three sheets of waterproof membrane or metal flashing with plenty of silicone caulk.
To install the window, the window is put into place and then leveled using shims if necessary. The outer portion is then sealed up and the window is nailed into place. Insulation is installed in any gaps and then the finishing trim is installed. Once installed, be sure to dress up your windows with blinds, shutters, shades, or coverings from a company like 3 Day Blinds so you can make them even more attractive.
How Do I Find the Window Contractor That is Right For Me?
Most window contractors learn the trade on the job. Working for a construction firm enables them to learn many aspects of home or business construction and then they can find their area of specialty. Some window contractors, on the other hand, specialize their focus on window installations and replacements.
Few states require a specific window contractor license. It is more common to have a general contractor license in construction. Even then, some states do not even require this. Therefore, it is a good idea to check references and to ask the window contractor to provide you with information about his or her training and experience.