Replacing your windows is a big investment, so the decision of whether to DIY or hire a professional shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re thinking a DIY will save you money, in reality, it could end up costing you a lot more than if you hired an expert from the start.
Proper Equipment and Tools
A window replacement requires the proper tools to get the job done right, and many homeowners don’t have the proper tools for replacing windows. Professional, experienced window installers have access to all of the necessary tools and equipment needed to ensure the project is performed safely and precisely.
Access to Materials
Much like having the proper tools on hand, a professional window installer will also have access to all of the best materials as they have a connection with suppliers. The quality of the materials you choose is an important factor when it comes to the overall look and performance of your new windows.
A window replacement takes time to complete, and many busy homeowners aren’t always aware of the commitment it takes to pull it off, especially if they’ve never done it before. By hiring a professional, your window replacement will be completed much faster, as they’re experienced and skilled in what they do. For example, what happens if halfway through the job, you realize that you’re not prepared to finish the project alone? You could be left with a large window opening, exposing your home to the elements as well as potentially inviting unwanted intruders to enter into your home.
The key to long-lasting windows is proper and precise installation. The process is much harder than it sounds and is best left to a professional installer who has the knowledge and experience to guarantee professional results. Plus, if the window isn’t properly installed, you’ll experience air leaks and lower energy efficiency.
In some cases, you may even void the warranty on the windows if you DIY, as some windows come with specific manufacturer’s instructions that can only be carried out by those trained to the standards set by manufacturers. DIY means having no workmanship guarantee, so if something goes wrong, it’s your responsibility to fix it.
Material Removal is Included
If you’ve never done a window replacement before, you might be surprised by just how messy the project is. If you DIY, you are responsible for cleaning up the mess, including the disposal of the old window and materials. However, if you hire a professional, the cleanup and removal of old window materials is included, or should be included, if you hire the right professional. Make sure to ask if cleanup and removal are included in your quote if you aren’t sure.
Less Safety Risks
A DIY window replacement is risky as you’re dealing with bulky, heavy pieces of glass as well as other sharp objects and tools. A professional understands the risks and safety hazards and takes certain precautions to avoid injury or accidents.
Hire a Professional
While there are plenty of easy DIY projects, a window replacement isn’t one of them. For a worry-free window replacement project, contact your local experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We know how to install windows, so you don’t have to!