If you’re considering new windows, you might be looking for ways to cut down on the costs. One question might cross your mind. Should you install replacement windows on your own?
Do it yourself television channels masterfully and convincingly stage illusions. The program hosts on those networks make it all look too easy. A swing of a hammer here, cut some wood with a power saw there, and you have transformed an entire home along with them in a 30-minute segment. But the reality tv is not always what it seems.
The crew on those tv shows have an entire time assisting them. Sure, the host is usually a skilled carpenter with years of experience. However, he also has at his disposal an army of carpenters and labor helpers to help complete those endeavors.
And don’t forget, he has production assistants and editors who patch all the footage together to make it all look effortless.
It’s no wonder that all of us watching begin to believe that we, too, can tackle great renovation jobs like a master. They lure us into thinking dangerous thinking.
There’s nothing wrong with DIY…for some jobs. For others, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Window installation is one of those jobs that you really should not take on alone. The risks just do not outweigh the rewards of hiring the help that you need for a safe and secure installation of your replacement windows.
Take a look.
Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Window Installer
1 – Windows are heavy
Windows seem fairly heavy when you lift a box. Nothing you can’t handle, you might think. However, installing even one window takes some time. You (or your helper) will be trying to hold a bulky and heavy window for a long time.
The longer you attempt to keep the window lined up in place, the heavier it begins to feel. Eventually, it becomes an almost unbearable chore, especially when you really don’t know what you’re doing.
Don’t run the risk of hurting your back, neck, or shoulders by attempting to lift something that actually is too heavy for you to handle.
2 – It’s a dangerous job
You might not realize it, but window installers face hazards every day. They are at risk of ladder falls, back strains (as eluded to in point #1), and even encounters with wasp nests high on the house.
Overreaching from the ladder, improper lifting techniques, and slippery and muddy ground conditions all add to the danger of the task.
Window installers face these challenges every day. However, reputable companies invest time and money training their crew members how to keep safe.
3 – You’ll be responsible for breakage
Windows frequently get broken being transported to job sites or during the install process. After all, they are made of glass.
Here’s the issue. When your window company is delivering and installing the windows, they carry responsibility for making it right if they break a window. They will clean up the mess, replace the replacement window, and finish the installation.
However, if you are transporting or installing the windows yourself, guess who’s left picking up the check? Not the window company—you. In most cases, you assume responsibility once you place the windows in your vehicle.
4 – Installation will be done properly
Windows are a rare purchase. During the time you own your home, you’ll probably only replace your windows once, twice tops, if they’re installed correctly. A correct installation will result in a window that’s a great fit, has a weatherproof seal, and has no air seepage or loss of energy.
However, when energy efficient replacement windows are not correctly installed, they could fail early due to moisture and rot, causing you the expense of replacing those same windows again.
5 – Warranty on installation
Select window installers that offer a warranty on the quality of their workmanship. The best window crews are highly skilled and are confident in their capabilities. In fact, they’ll stand behind the installation and fix any issues that arise after they leave.
Warranties vary, so check with your installer and review a written copy of their installation warranty before you hire them.
The Bottom Line
I like those reality home repair shows as much as the next person. The problem is, you don’t always see an accurate reflection of what the job entails. Don’t be left holding the proverbial bag with a poorly done DIY window installation. It will only cost you more money in the long term.
Author Bio: Matt Rotondi is a native Bostonian who owns/operates Zen Windows Boston. Since 1993, Matt has been beautifying Boston homes one window at a time.