The prospect of getting double glazed windows installed throws up a lot of questions in many people’s minds. Some will worry about the eventual cost and others will question how long the process will take.
It’s understandable to have reservations, as the process will involve leaving your home temporarily open to the outside world while the windows are fitted.
Those who are looking to eventually sell their home will want to have their windows fitted in a timely and efficient manner, and so timescale is an important factor for many.
How long until I get a slot?
There are two main factors that will determine how long you will have to wait until you get a slot. The first is how busy the installers are when you call to book.
You could be waiting anywhere between a day to a few months, which will vary on how packed their schedule is. The second factor is what time of year you call to book.
Understandably, most people want to have their windows replaced in the summertime when the weather is much more pleasant; you will have your home exposed to the elements for a brief part of the day while the windows are fitted. So, as a result, you can expect schedules to be a little more busy during the summer.
How long does the process take?
The first part of the process will involve taking the old windows out and getting them ready to fit the new frames. Roughly speaking, you can expect your installers to get around 10 windows fitted in a day.
This means that it could potentially take three to five days for a large house to be fully-installed. However, it’s worth knowing that a large window or a particularly complex window such as a bay window may take a few hours to install in its own right.
When you contact your installer to ask about prices and time duration, be sure to give them an exact rundown of what you want before asking for a timescale. If you have some quirky and interesting frames you want to be added or different window styles such as sash windows, you might need to allow for more time.
Can I improve the time it takes?
There are certainly some ways in which you can aid the process of installing the windows. Try and clear plenty of space around the property, which means:
- Removing objects in and around the windows, both inside and out.
- Clearing pathways.
- Sweeping away debris, particularly around the outside of your home.
- Taking down curtains and drapes.
This adds more time on top of the process of removing your old windows and replacing them with modern models.
The best way to get an accurate sense of how long a window installation will take is to contact the company you want to work with and get a quote and estimate.
They will have to get a sense of what you want in the first place to give you a reasonable timescale. This way, you can start planning around your booked slot.