Wondering how long it will take for you to replace your windows? As you conduct your due diligence, we’ll share with you some estimates to help you understand the amount of time involved in a window replacement project, so you can estimate the planning process. 

It usually takes between forty and sixty minutes to replace a single window. 

On average, it takes four to seven weeks to replace windows after they’re ordered. Most companies can install up to 15 windows per day in your house.

But when you include the time it takes to build the replacement, the entire process can take several weeks. Here’s a rundown on the window replacement process from start to finish.

If you’re wondering how often you should consider replacing your windows, you can read about that over here.


Ordering your windows

Once a window contractor receives an order for new windows, they check in with their supplier for availability. If everything checks out, the manufacturer can have the windows ready in a few weeks.

Of course, this depends largely on the varied supply-chain issues which commonly hound the process of ordering windows. This includes misunderstandings on the availability of the products or what products were ordered in the first place.

One of the most important things you, the homeowner, can do to be efficient with this process, is to double- or triple-check the dimensions for the windows due for replacement. Any misplaced digit or decimal in the figure will cause unnecessary delays.  


Window installation

Once the replacement windows arrive, contractors can finally begin the installation process. So, how long does it take to replace a window? A team of experienced hands can finish the process in at least 30 minutes or an entire day to replace every window in the house.  

Three factors can increase the time required for installation. 

First, the market is rife with dozens of window types, from fixed windows to skylights. 

The difficulty in installing them differs as much as their pros and cons. Fixed windows, for instance, are easy to install.

Making the choice between conducting a full-frame installation and retrofitting old windows is a decision our team at C2Operations can assist you with. 

A full-frame installation involves removing the whole assembly and putting a brand new one in its place. While it ensures a proper fit, this may involve increased cost, require more time, and might require the removal of some trims and siding (though the latter case is rare). 

On the other hand, retrofitting is ideal for windows whose frames are mainly intact. In this case, the process will only replace the sash and some of the hardware with new parts. The small scope can help preserve the features around the window and reduce costs. 

Retrofitting isn’t recommended for vinyl windows as they don’t last as long as wood or aluminum ones.  

Seasonal timing might also be a factor. Summer tends to be a busy time for most window contractors, not just because people have more time for home improvement projects. The latex-based caulk they use to seal windows works best at temperatures between 40o F and 80o F. Any colder or hotter will risk the caulk not curing, negating the windows’ energy-saving benefits.  

Of course, not everyone has the time to wait for spring or summer. For window installations in the fall or winter, experts advise scheduling the project mid-morning to let the materials expand enough. More importantly, silicone-based caulk works better in the colder seasons than latex. Consider sealants with high joint movement, typically + 25% (or Class 25). 

How to make window installation quicker

Many window replacement projects aim to get the job done before the heavy rain or snow starts. After all, the last thing homeowners need is water damage all over the place. Below are several helpful tips on speeding up the process.

  • Before the project begins, remove any treatments or obstacles from the windows due for replacement. These include things both inside and outside (e.g., overhanging branches). Doing so will give the worker ample space to do his job.
  • If the windows have security alarms or the whole house is crawling with motion sensors, deactivate them for the project’s duration. It’ll be inconvenient for installers (and the entire neighborhood) to keep working with the alarm blaring for the whole day.
  • Make sure the contractor can get in and out of the house quickly, especially if you won’t be around to supervise. Window installations require thorough work on both sides; a locked front door means only half of the work will get done.
  • To maintain cleanliness, cover anything near the windows with a drop cloth. The work will most likely kick up dust and dirt due to some dismantling or the use of power tools. Create a drop cloth route from the window to the outside if workers need their shoes on.
  • Avoid coming close to the work area unless necessary, and stop toddlers and pets from doing so too. As simple as it may seem, window installation entails a high risk of hazards, from misused power tools to breaking glass panes.
  • Finally, leave the task to the professionals. Use this time to relax 


 Finally Ready to Replace Your Windows ?

There’s nothing like brand new windows to make any home more comfortable, no matter the season. If you’re ready to consider replacement windows for your home, check out our guide on avoiding the messy window replacement process.

But first, the next step is to schedule a free estimate to finally get started.