After buying the best windows, well-suited for the needs of your house, with the Energy Star label and National Fenestration Rating Council rating, you now have to consider proper installation. Even the highest rated windows won’t function efficiently if they are poorly installed. While it may be tempting to skimp on this part of the process, be rest assured it is actually one of the most crucial steps in the entire process. It’s best to seek out trained professionals not only to ensure they are installed properly, but also doing anything to the contrary may well make the accompanying warranty null and void.
Of course window installation will differ depending on window type, as well as the material surround the window openings themselves. And same as with the windows themselves, and additional weatherstripping, flashing and caulk should be applied as directed by the instructions. In most cases the instructions for the windows will detail complete step by step installation along with the caveat that anything to the contrary will nullify the warranty.
A great place to find trained professionals is to start with the very place you purchased them to begin with. Oftentimes these stores will offer installation, sometimes as part of a package price, and if not they will usually have a list of trusted subcontractors to ensure the windows are installed correctly and in compliance with all warranty requirements. As a final step, be sure to contact at least two or three references and even try to take a look at the work they have done, including work from the past few years if possible, to ensure you will be happy with their work. Ask as many questions as you’d like and remember this final, crucial step is going to be a partnership to transform the energy efficiency of your home.