As a home owner, there are plenty of projects around the house that you can do yourself, if you’ve got the time and ambition. However, there are a few areas of your home that should probably be left to the professionals. In particular, unless you’re a skilled and experienced contractor, replacing your windows on your own could easily end up costing you way more in time, money and hassle in the long run. If you’ve been kicking around the idea of DIY replacement windows, here are four reasons you should reconsider.
Lack of Window Expertise
Someone who works exclusively with windows – buying, selling, installing and repairing – will naturally know more about the various types of windows available and which would be best suited for your needs. Can you learn a lot about windows online? Sure. In fact, you should do your homework before tackling a window replacement project. But an experienced window contractor will know more about the benefits and potential pitfalls of your selection and can guide you in the right direction based on your specific home.
Your windows are more than just a mechanism for viewing the outside world from inside your home. They’re also meant to keep your family and your belongings safe from things like weather and intruders. An improper installation could result in drafts, leaks and potential safety breaches, which could cause costly damage and harm. A seasoned replacement window contractor will know how to get the job right the first time.
Replacement window projects are no easy feat – especially if you own a multi-level home. Without the experience and equipment of a window replacement professional, there is a very real risk of you falling and/or seriously injuring yourself. Even if all you’re doing is fixing a broken window, it’s still something that should be left to an expert. Hire a professional who is intimately familiar with and will adhere to the appropriate safety procedures.
Window replacement projects are an investment. If you’re thinking of saving a little cash by going the DIY route, consider the fact that if something goes wrong a year or two from now, you could be on the hook for more repairs or even another possible replacement project. Most window brands offer certain guarantees or warranties that protect the home owner, but only if the windows are replaced by a professional. Likewise, reputable window companies stand by their work. So, while it may cost a little more up front to hire an expert, the money you could save down the road makes it worth it.
Deciding to upgrade your windows is wise for many reasons. Not only are today’s replacement windows beautiful, but they’re also energy efficient, so they’ll increase the value of your home while lowering your utility bills. In order to get the most out of your investment, however, it’s also wise to leave this project to a professional.
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