Installing hurricane impact windows on your property might easily be one of the smartest moves you ever make. First of all, hurricane impact windows are there for one reason – to protect you and your home from natural disasters (among other things). Not only that, but they also serve as effective noise reduction and will greatly increase the overall value of your home if you decide to sell in the future. This is why, if your property isn’t equipped with hurricane impact windows already, you should see to it.
And to help you with that, we thought we’d describe the installation process, just to put you at ease about what this implies. Generally, people tend to assume that installing impact windows is somehow way more complicated than installing regular ones. In truth, it’s just the windows that are more resistant, while the installation process is pretty much the same. But you have to educate customers that it still is construction. So, there will be dust and noise because you are in a work zone. But this is where great preparation, dust walls, pre-planning comes into place from the installers.
1. Removing regular windows.
Obviously, the first thing the installer will do will be to safely remove the regular windows, without damaging them or the wall structure itself. This isn’t an overly complex process and usually won’t take that much time to complete, provided it’s done properly. Once the regular windows have been safely removed, they should be placed out of the way, to ensure that the installation process for the impact windows goes smoothly.
2. Dry fitting.
The next step in your window installation process is to dry fit your impact windows. Dry fitting implies mounting the windows into the frame hole, without applying any sealing products. This of course is done after your have replaced the woodbucking where the framing is to ensure you are anchoring to quality framing. This will ensure that the impact windows are a snug fit and are firmly in place, which will also ensure resistance in the face of a hurricane. Once you’ve finished your dry fitting and are sure that the windows are a good fit, make sure to remove them from the frame space before moving on to the next step.
Next, you’ll want to apply your sealant to the exterior flange of the frame. Make sure you use an approved sealant, to ensure stability. You want to invest in this process rather than suffer the consequences later on. After the sealant is applied, you want to delicately fit in, shim if necessary and screw in the window itself.
With new windows, there’s always a risk of improper fitting, which would then allow air to squeeze through the holes and endanger your home (particularly in case of a natural disaster). This is why it would be a wise move to also apply special silicone caulking to your window frame, to ensure it’s airtight, and benefits from improved stability.
Should you call a professional or install the windows yourself?
Technically, installing impact windows isn’t an overly complicated process which you could easily do yourself (though you’ll probably need to enlist the help of a friend). However, if you don’t have much DIY, home repair experience, you’re probably better off hiring a proper, professional impact window installation service. This is something that they specialize in and depending on your local guidelines and permit process, hiring a licensed general contractor or glass and glazing company should be your only option. Because this is actual construction, this is not something you should be doing as a DIY project. Remember, the goal here is security, not saving a quick buck!