Certified Installation

 

The best windows installed poorly won't deliver the look, comfort, or savings you expect!

 
 

 "How to find an expert installer"


Seek certification. Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers on their specific lines. Using the same contractor for purchase and installation can avoid finger-pointing if there is a problem later. Also look for certification from the American Window & Door Institute or Installation Masters at www.installationmastersusa.com.


Interview the installer. Go online and read the installing replacement windows instructions for the window you've chosen. Ask whether the installer plans to follow them--down to details such as the type, amount, and placement of flashing and insulation. If not, he should be able to explain why. Remember that some changes while installing replacement windows could void the warranty.

Know what to expect. Any seasoned installer should be able to tell you how long the actual task of installing replacement windows should take. Ask about the installation process. It's better if each new window is put in immediately after the old one is removed. If one crew removes all the windows first and another installs, you'll be left with multiple openings for the duration. And be sure the installer measures each replacement window before he rips out the old one. Otherwise, you could end up with a boarded-up hole waiting for the right window to arrive.

Mind the little details. If you want to paint after installing replacement windows, have the installer use acrylic-latex caulk, which is paintable, not silicone. And be sure the window works well before the installer applies interior trim.
 
Information above is from ConsumerReports.org

 

 

 What is Installation Masters?


Installation Masters is a nationwide training and certification program for installers of windows and patio doors in the residential and light commercial markets. This program was developed by AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry. Installation Masters is designed to teach installers the best practices and installation techniques for both new construction and replacement projects based on established industry standards. It provides an assurance that certified installers have been trained and passed the written examination.

Owner of Liberty Bell Windows, Joe Marsden, is a certified installer having completed the Installation Masters training course.