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What to do when your home needs major window repair?

When we bought our house I appreciated the light streaming in from all the windows. Later I would come to regret some of my enthusiasm.

I had a dim understanding of what Minnesota weather can do to the exterior of a house. 

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My husband was frankly worried. A year ago we had a major problem with wood rot due to problems with a chimney.  Now he found some exterior signs of softness in the window sills. I watched him walk around the house, pinching the sills and wondering what was going on underneath. 

Windows became the prime talking point in our home. We discussed the why, what, when, where, and how of the situation and realized that our understanding of window replacement was miniscule.

 

How did we find the company that would replace our windows?

We:

·        used a search engine and took a crash course on window replacement. 

·        studied advertisements, with special attention to price, quality, and design.

·        invited salesmen from window replacement companies to visit our home and give us quotes.

·        discussed arrangements for payment. We had decided we wanted to pay by the time the windows were installed.

There are several companies that install windows for people in our area. The prices vary a bit. We spoke of what we wanted and hoped to receive. 

We decided to choose a company which cost slightly more than another. It seemed to offer better quality in product and in those who would install the windows.

 

 

Minnesota winters are brutal. Once we made the decision to purchase the windows, we wondered when this major event would happen. The contract was signed in late fall. It would take time before the windows would be prepared.

Based on the contract, and information from the salesman, the installation would occur in early January.  I wondered about the timing. Would men walk around the back yard in foot deep snow? Where would they put the ladders?

 

The role of Justin, our salesman

The company we selected spends time with customers.

Our salesman presented a class on the topic “what to expect when you are having windows installed.”

Measurements were taken. Window design was selected.

The windows had to be fabricated at a different site and brought in.

 

 

 

The workers would come to our home and set everything up. The installation would take one or two days. They would place plastic sheets around every window site, and covering on the floors. They would explain what was being done every step of the way.

 

When the windows were installed, and everyone was satisfied, they would do a thorough cleaning of the site.

Our responsibilities

I never thought of who would prepare the home window sites and remove furniture, wall hangings, and pictures from site. That turned out to be our job.

We would have to remove all blinds, shades, and drapes. My husband would have to do most of this.

 

How the Workmen helped

It is nice to have promises fulfilled. We had been told what to expect. Everything promised was accomplished.

The workers came on time and left on time.

They carefully prepared the surrounding sites.

 

 

The windows fit and worked well.

Following the installation, one workman removed the temporary floor covering and vacuumed all areas involved. He didn’t stop until all was cleaned.

Before leaving they gave us a five minute class on how to position the new windows so that we could wash them from the inside of the home.

In retrospect

We are glad we had new windows placed. One large old window had some evidence of decay. The others had no evidence of dry rot. My husband is now more relaxed. We seldom mention the windows.

 

Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.


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Thanks to Renewal by Andersen the company that  helped us install quality windows and frames. They demonstrated a friendly, thoughtful approach to meeting our needs every step of the way.

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