There are lots of benefits to upgrading your home with replacement windows. Beyond the obvious improvements to your home’s appearance, replacement windows can reduce energy costs, lowering your monthly bills. Replacement windows aren’t a trivial purchase though – quality replacement windows will be a significant investment for most homeowners. This is why some people attempt to install window replacements themselves.
Deciding to take on window replacement with a DIY approach might sound appealing at first. Not only will you be able to save on labor costs, but you might get some personal satisfaction by taking on the task yourself. However, there are lots of risks involved. Not only could you make expensive mistakes that require a professional’s help to fix later on, but doing it yourself requires a significant investment of your personal time. It can also be dangerous to try to replace your own windows if you lack the know-how, tools, and training to do the job properly. Read on for additional considerations you should make if you’re torn between DIY window installation and getting help from a professional.
Residential home improvement projects are beholden to local codes and regulations. You may need permits to do certain types of work on your home. If you take a DIY approach to window replacement, you’ll need to ensure that you’re knowledgeable of all rules and safety regulations in your area, as well as getting any required construction permits. This alone can be pretty time consuming. Professionals will have a lot of experience in this area and will know what they need to conduct work on your property.
The Right Tools For The Job
A typical homeowner will lack all the necessary tools to safely and efficiently install replacement windows in their home. You can pick most of these up from your local hardware store, but good tools can be quite expensive. Ensuring a window is cut to size, seated, and sealed properly in your home needs more than a good attitude, it needs the proper tool set. Mr. Rogers Certified Master Installers will come to the job with a vast array of tools and equipment that they’ve been highly trained to use and that they’re very experienced with.
Replacement windows available from your local hardware store might not be of the same high-quality material you’d get when contacting a professional. Pre-cut and ready-made windows might not fit your home properly and cannot be customized for a unique look. This means you might end up with an ill-fitting window with an end result that doesn’t match what you originally envisioned.
Keeping Things Safe
DIY window replacement is more dangerous than you might think! Over the last ten years, more than 40% of falls that resulted in death involved a ladder in some way. If you’re an amateur, you likely lack the proper training and know-how on safety precautions to take when installing your new windows. Mr. Rogers installers will come with suitable equipment, protective gear, and most importantly the knowledge to undertake the job as safely as possible.
Insuring a Great Job and Product
Most replacement windows warranties are only valid if they’re installed by a certified professional. If you take the DIY route, you essentially void this, so you won’t have any recourse if a problem arises in the future. Mr. Rogers Windows and Doors has an unmatched guarantee on all of our products and services that’s easy to understand. Quite simply, we guarantee all of our products will work just like they do in installation day, for as long as you own your home. If something goes wrong, we’ll fix it for free, no questions asked!
When it comes to window installation, it’s a job that’s best left to professionals. Cutting corners and taking the DIY route may seem enticing at first, but getting your windows professionally replaced will pay off in the long run. If you’re thinking about making an upgrade, please contact us today. We’ll set up an appointment for a free, no strings attached in-home consultation.