There are many things as a homeowner that you can tackle as a DIY project: simple repairs, lawn maintenance, painting a shed, etc. However, window installation is NOT one of them. There are many reasons for this, from the difficult, heavy work to the fact that there is no warranty coverage for self-installation.
This is the type of job that requires a professional’s assistance. They have the extensive training, knowledge and skill it takes to properly measure, fit and install a window. Done right, and the homeowner will enjoy decades of comfort and convenience. Done wrong, and the homeowner will be faced with years of faulty operation, inefficiency and repeated costly repairs.
Here are the main reasons why window installation is NOT a DIY project.
Time Cost of Such a Complex Project
A window installation professional can install a window quickly yet efficiently, bringing all the tools and equipment necessary to get the job done right. As a weekend warrior, you likely don’t have the skill, patience or tools necessary to install the window in an efficient manner of time. Thus, you spend more on supplies and tools, not to mention you waste much more time on your weekend than if you were to hire a professional.
If you make a mistake, you have to pay to have it fixed, or spend even more of your time trying to fix that mistake. The time cost is too great to take this on as a DIY project.
Difficulty in Getting a Proper Fit to Seal Windows
A professional takes the time to come out to your home and take detailed measurements. The window is then custom fit to that space, ensuring a weathertight seal that will increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. If you buy a window off the rack from a big box store that doesn’t exactly fit your space, it won’t fit properly and will let in drafts, drastically decreasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Difficult, Heavy Work
It’s not easy to install a window. There are many measurements involved, and possibly some cutting. You also have to handle the window itself, which is heavier than you may think — not to mention the risk of dropping the window, damaging it, and getting cut from shattered glass. Window installation should be a two-person job, done by professionals who wear the proper safety gear to ensure safe work.
Damaged Windows=Your Problem!
The simple fact is that if you decide to purchase and install your own windows and one of them is damaged, you have to eat the cost. There is no product or workmanship guarantee…it’s just you, the window, and the price of replacing it.
No Warranty Coverage for Self-Installation
In the same vein, there is no warranty coverage if you decide to self-install your windows. This is the #1 reason to hire a professional, as you get full warranty coverage for both products and workmanship. The minute you install a window yourself, you void the warranty. Period.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Tempted to DIY your windows? Resist the temptation and make that call to Rescom Exteriors at 508-832-5202. We can ensure your windows are installed correctly, the first time, with full warranty coverage for peace of mind.