Windows are a hefty expense for any homeowner. Regardless of whether you are replacing your existing windows or building a new home and having them installed for the first time, you want to make sure the job is done right. Otherwise, you could end up spending more money trying to correct a poor installation job. Rushing through the job in an attempt to get the windows installed quicker is bound to leave you with issues that have to be addressed later on. To prevent moisture from seeping in, avoid making one of the following mistakes with your window installation.

Not choosing the right window size.

It takes a lot of patience and accuracy to measure the size windows you need for your property. Even a half inch can make a significant difference in how your windows are going to fit in your existing space. Choosing a window that is too large will leave you with a window that doesn't fit into the insulation. If the window isn't large enough, you end up with a bunch of unsightly gaps everywhere. When you have a bunch of gaps, it allows for moisture to seep in and ultimately destroy the windows and surrounding structure.

Failing to clean the surface.

Many people fail to clean their windows before installing them. They simply throw the windows into the frame without thinking about all of the dust, debris and other contaminants that might be lurking along the edges of the window. You want to take a little time to go around and wipe all the edges before attempting to bond the window to the frame. This will ensure a solid seal and prevent any moisture or water from being able to get into the cracks and crevices.

Not using sufficient anchors to hold the window in place.

You need to make sure the windows are securely anchored in place. Otherwise, the window will end up shifting later on and causing an opening to form in your window frame. Before you know it, the entire frame is deformed, the plaster begins cracking and the elements outside are coming inside. Your best bet is to make sure that there are ample anchors in place to keep your windows where they need to be for quite some time.

By not making one of the mistakes above, you can make sure your windows are securely in place and stay there for years to come. Contact a contractor, like Hartwell's Glass & Mirror Co Ltd, for more help.