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How long will window installation take?

  • After ordering windows, when will the installation take place? Most manufacturers are anywhere from 2 -4 months out, sometimes longer.
  • Full Frame Replacement includes the entire window unit. New screens will come with the windows. Sometimes trim around windows is replaced, other times it is detached and reset.
  • Sash replacement includes replacing only the part of the window that encapsulates the glass. Locks, hardware, and screens are reused, not replaced. Hardware can be purchased and installed at additional cost if replacement is needed.
  • Installers will detach and reset blinds or window treatments during installation.
  • Humidity can cause condensation on the inside of your windows. The colder it is outside the lower the humidity can be in the home before condensation forms on the windows. Bathrooms and Kitchens tend to give off more humidity, as well as rooms with many plants or aquariums.
  • New windows will seal much tighter than the old window and trap humidity in the home and condensation can form. If this is the case be sure to wipe condensation away and control your humidity levels.

Ordering

  • Once a retail estimate is accepted or an insurance scope and estimate is approved we will set up a “Final Measure” appointment. A Manufacturer’s Rep, Summit Production Manager, and your Summit Sales rep will all meet at your property to go over final window selections, including make, model, sizing, styles and layout, exterior colors, interior colors, hardware, and screen selections. A final “Scope Sign Off” will be provided as well as a photo diagram of which windows are being replaced.
  • All windows are ordered though custom millwork departments and custom built specifically for your home.
  • It will typically take 2-4 months for windows to be built by the manufacturer and then delivered. Once windows are ordered, the order cannot be canceled.
  • Windows can be factory pre-finished by the manufacturer or custom stained and painted by our painters in a shop prior to delivery. For some jobs, usually smaller ones, they can be painted or stained in place after installation.
  • Exterior frame size and interior jamb width must always be considered when replacing full frame window units. Switching from a window with flush jambs to a window with stepped jambs can create issues with existing paint lines as well as window treatments. However, sometimes there are no options and the aforementioned issues can arise.
  • Marvin, Andersen, Pella, Kolbe & Windsor windows are all considered to be of the top tier and highest grade windows on the market.
  • All wood interior windows with wood construction in the sash and frame will have the most upscale look, a more rugged build out and typically last much longer than cheaper all vinyl offerings.
  • Summit prefers to stay away from ordering and installing all vinyl windows except only on rare occasions. We tend to not like or recommend these products and cannot typically stand behind them. Vinyl windows tend to be prone to thermal expansion and contraction which can lead to deformation, seal issued and drafty windows, the look and profile tends to also be subpar when compared to higher offerings.

Building

  • A dumpster will be delivered prior to the build, and placed in your driveway.
  • Permits will be pulled in any city requiring a permit for window replacement. Typically the homeowner will have to call the city to set the final inspection because most inspectors will need access to the inside of your home and will check for tempered glass in areas where needed as well as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Windows will be delivered and staged in your garage upon delivery, this will happen the day before the build, or the morning of the build. Please have some space available for windows to be staged. Crews will set up saws and some tools in the garage to cut trim.
  • Plastic film and/or drop cloths will be laid to use as walkways for the crew inside your home to protect your floors.
  • Crews can shift furniture out of the way and protect if necessary prior to starting.
  • Crews will vacuum and clean up at the end of the project, luckily window replacement tends to not be too invasive or messy, expect some small amount of dust and debris below each window opening that is easily vacuumed up.
  • Full frame window replacement jobs can take 1-3 days on average, usually crews can install up to 10-12 full frame units per day.
  • Sash replacement jobs are typically completed in 1 day
  • Full Frame Replacement includes removal and replacement of the entire window unit, including new screens and hardware. Sometimes the trim around the windows is replaced, other times it is detached and reset.
  • Sash replacement includes replacing only the part of the window that encapsulates the glass. Locks, hardware, and screens are reused, not replaced. Hardware can be purchased and installed at additional cost if replacement is needed.
  • Installers will detach and reset blinds or window treatments during installation.
  • Caulking will be used at the seam of the exterior siding or trim next to the edge of the window frame, per manufacturer’s specs, this is typically a fairly thick bead of caulk ideally matched closely to the siding color (rather than the window frame color).

Post Build

  • The dumpster will be removed within a few days after the build is complete
  • Please contact the city to schedule the final window inspection, the inspector will usually need access to the inside of your home.
  • Sometimes window jobs may have some small loose ends to tie up after initial installation. Ordering of additional trim, jamb, hardware or touch up painting may be needed. On rare occasions manufacturers may send out some parts of the order incorrectly and a re-order of certain items may be required.
  • Touch up painting if needed, will usually be scheduled 1-2 weeks after installation is complete.
  • Humidity can cause condensation on the inside of your windows. The colder it is outside the lower the humidity can be in the home before condensation forms on the windows. Bathrooms and Kitchens tend to give off more humidity, as well as rooms with many plants or aquariums. New windows will seal much tighter than old windows and trap humidity in the home and condensation can form. If this is the case, be sure to wipe condensation away and control your humidity levels. See the Marivin Humidity Guide. (make a clickable link)
  • Stress cracks in glass or any defects in windows would be covered under the manufacturer warranty and not related directly to Summit Construction Group. If an open issue is directly related to a manufacturer warranty issue this should not hold up payment by the client to Summit Construction Group Inc.
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