uPVC Window Installation: A Brief Guide

uPVC Window Installation: A Brief Guide

If you’re about to have new windows fitted in your home, it’s important to know what to expect when your installers arrive. Our uPVC Window Installation Guide is for curious customers interested in the process…

At Fiber Frame, we have designed, manufactured, supplied and installed all kinds of high-performance glazing systems for both residential and commercial properties.

From roof lanterns to standard replacement windows, the most fundamental aspect of any window system is how well it’s fitted. It’s no good having the latest technological advances built into a unit if it’s not fitted properly!

So if you’re interested in the process behind fitting replacement windows, our uPVC installation guide is here to make sure you’re prepared beforehand, and that you understand the process as it takes place in your home.

Remember, this isn’t a guide that will give you all the skills necessary to install uPVC windows yourself — you’ll need proper accreditation to do that — but it will give you all the information you need so that you can understand the process while your home renovation work is being carried out.

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What Equipment Is Usually Used to Install uPVC Windows?

Although the finer points may be different according to the installer and the specific product you are having fitted — not to mention the state of the property and the shape of the space that the window needs to fit into — this is a fairly comprehensive list of all of the equipment you should expect a window installer to carry with them:

  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer drill, along with an assortment of different sized drill bits
  • Saw
  • Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Silicone sealant gun
  • Heavy-duty tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Safety glasses

For any window installer, a spirit level — and the ability to use it correctly — is absolutely key. Making sure everything is level is of paramount importance when it comes to the installation of your uPVC windows.

Before Installation: Preparation

Your installer may have to do some of these checks, but when you get a quote for the work that needs doing, it is typical for a surveyor to be employed to check:

  • If any lintels are required above any windows — uPVC frames are not designed to be load-bearing, so additional structural work may need to be done prior to removing and replacing windows
  • That the style of the window matches the order
  • That the window sizes are correct — sometimes, despite all the best intentions, orders are put through in error. It’s important that your installer checks the size of your old windows and compares them to the new ones before even removing them from their van. Old windows shouldn’t be removed before it’s clear that the new windows will fit
  • That the space around the windows is clear — both inside and out. Clear routes to access points are also needed.
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