3 Common Window Installation Mistakes to Avoid

No matter if you’re installing your new windows yourself, or if you’ve hired a contractor, proper installation practices are key! To ensure your windows are energy efficient, smooth operating, and long-lasting, you need to follow every step of the installation process with the greatest attention to detail. Here are some of the most common installation mistakes and some useful tips that will help you avoid them.

Not Measuring Your Window Opening

Getting all your window measurements right ahead of time will save you money in the long-term. The good news is that no matter the size you measure, Marvin® can be built to fit almost any rough opening. Even better, you can also find many “standard” sizes which cost less than custom built windows as well.

Using Spray Foam Improperly

When either you or your contractor are installing your window, it’s crucial that you don’t misuse the spray foam. For example, filling the cavity around the entire perimeter of the window with expanding spray foam could prevent unwelcomed water from escaping back to the outdoors. Also, dispensing too much foam or using high-expanding foam could bow wood jams or even distort a window frame, causing more damage over time.

Not Following the Instructions

While many windows are installed with the same general instructions, most of them have unique requirements based on extensive testing. If you want to get the most out of every window you install and avoid more work down the line, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions down to the smallest detail.

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