If you find something wrong with your window, you might consider your options. You can repair it or replace it with a new one. When you decide what to do, you will need to decide if you’ll DIY or hire a prro. This is a big decision because your window is one of the most important parts of your home.
Installing a window takes a great amount of experience and expertise. Both qualities that can only be acquired through learning and practice. The average homeowner does not have the time or resources to dedicate to this practice.
Thankfully, there are professionals that dedicate their careers to learning the required skill set. Over time they develop a tried and tested process that is consistent and effective. The process involves specific steps and nuances only a window installer would be capable of.
The process of installing windows plays a huge factor in determining if you should do it yourself or look for a professional.
In order to make sure the replacement windows fit properly, you’ll need accurate measures. You’ll need measurements from the walls, frames and spaces around the window area. If you do not have any experience or are not able to perform precise measurements, you could end up with a disaster on your hands.
Not to mention your homeowner’s insurance probably does not cover DIY changes to your home. However, with a professional, they are insured to cover any injuries and outcomes that might result from faulty work.
During all installations, the crew members are required to wear protective gear for safety precautions. Some of these include industry specific gear, such as gloves, helmets, and boots. The average homeowner generally will not have these just lying around their house.
If you decide to DIY, you will need to buy the gear and possibly end up using it only once or twice. If you are not able to get protective gear, we recommend that you get a professional with all the necessary protective gear to avoid getting injured.
Why hire a professional:
Saves time and effort
The process of installing a window is a complex job. One single project by a professionally trained window installer, can take several hours before completion. That simply means that as an amateur it can possibly take several days to complete the job.
You will end up wasting time, resources and money on a very difficult job, not to mention the mental effort. Some of the initially task that will take up a lot of time and effort is purchasing the materials. You will need to know if you are getting the right material and how much of the material do you need.
You might not know if you’re getting a fair price and a lot of other questions that you might not know the answers to. A professional on the other hand, will generally already have the material ready to go. All you need to do is tell them what your vision is, and they will tell you if they can do it or not.
Any installation that involves hazardous situations requires professionals and should be left to them. In window installation, equipment misuse and material mishandling can cause major problems and result in injuries. However, a professional always performs the installation with the right knowledge and preparation.
Obtaining necessary permits
Most homeowners don’t possess the knowledge of the permits required in home installations. Professionals know and can easily obtain the necessary permits because they know them and know where to get them unlike an amateur who wants to do the installation on their own.
Quality products accessibility
Standard windows can be bought at any local hardware or store. While they are cheaper and easily available, they are not customized which can be troublesome for the home in the long run.
Professionals have access to high quality windows made by top manufacturers with a wide range of customized options. This means that having a professional gives an opportunity to get the best quality of the window you want for installation. In DIY you have a limited number of options, so you end up using what is available.
Once you install the window yourself, you could lose any warranty that it came with. This is because some manufacturers offer warranty on their products only to certified contractors or professionals.
While window installation is not something you should DIY, it can be a great way to learn and challenge yourself. At the end of the installation you will understand the basics of window installation.
We understand that all of this can be a little overwhelming and scary at times and that’s why we’re here to help. With over 30 years of experience, we’ve been able to assist many people like yourself through the entire process, from start to finish. Simply fill out your contact information below and one of our friendly and experienced staff members will contact you as soon as possible.