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How to prepare your home for window replacements

How to Prepare for Your Home Window Replacement

Updated: Sept. 27, 2023
Published: Feb. 22, 2022

You’ve decided to take the plunge and signed the contract from DunRite, but how much work will it take to prepare for your home window replacement?

Good news — it really doesn’t take much! Our installation crews can do most of it, if needed. When they arrive, they’ll remove drapes, shutters, blinds, or any other window treatments you might have installed, move furniture away from the windows, and lay plastic sheeting down to protect your floors. 

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How are Replacement Windows Installed?

How to Replace Windows

Updated: June 9, 2023
Published: Dec. 6, 2021

How to replace a window may not be as simple as many homeowners assume. It varies based on the type of wall opening, materials used on the walls, and more. Plus, it’s important to order the right type of window for the type of installation being done; they’re not all the same.

On a new home under construction, the window installation process is different than when replacement windows are installed. The types of windows are often different, too.

When a home is built, the original windows have a nail fin—a mounting flange with nail holes that is set back from the edges of the window frame and nailed to the exposed studs to secure the window to the opening. (Refer to the bottom left quadrant in the below image.)

It’s sealed to the framing of the home and tied into the flashing, then the nail fin is covered with whatever stucco, siding or other material is used on the home’s exterior walls.

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