The benefit of installing a window properly is long term energy efficiency and functionality that offers a great return on your investment. Although vinyl windows come in many styles, shapes, and sizes, we always use an effective 12 step installation process. Step 1: Preparation and Protection: Protecting your property is very important to us. We drape furniture, lay down tarps, and set pads on the window sills to catch unexpected broken glass and falling debris. Step 2: Extraction: Removing the old glass is a key safety concern! We take our time to heat up the old sealant and extract the glass using special glazing suction cups. Step 3: Remove Window Components: This includes cutting the caulking, and removing the balancing system, operable sash, and the horizontal locking bar. Step 4: Extract Frame: Properly using a special extraction lever and a flat bar to remove the old main frame dramatically minimizes any damage to the existing finish. Step 5: Clean & Prepare opening: We make sure the opening is completely clear of any debris such as old mortar, caulking, nails, and insulation. Then we use a vacuum to clean up the smaller particles. Step 6: Set New Window in place: Once the old window is removed, we are now ready to install the new one. Step 7: Align and Attach Window: The craftsman will align the window squarely in the opening using composite shims, then attach the window to the structure of the house. Step 8: Insulate Around the Exterior of The Frame: A commercial foaming gun with a fine needlepoint allows us to get into some of the smallest openings with the expanding foam insulation and water barrier. Step 9: Clean Window: While the foam is expanding, the craftsman will clean the glass and frame. Step 10: Backer Rod: If the gap to be filled is 3/8ths of an inch or wider, a backer rod will be applied. This provides a firm foundation for the sealant. Step 11: Apply Sealant Adhesive: The sealant is the first line of defense against wind, rain, and other harsh elements. We use a sealant/adhesive to provide the best long-term protection. Step 12: Clean the Job-site: The #1 thing our customers remember about the installation is how our crews always clean up after themselves. Remember, we never use subcontractors that are paid by the piece and overlook details to make more money. When you hire Designer Door and Window you are choosing a company with well-trained employees to do the installation right the first time. This is for your peace of mind.