Forget DIY: Why Installing Windows is Best Left to the Professionals
After years of service, your windows have come to the end of their useful life. But when a windows installation contractor from San Jose quoted their service fee, your wallet just couldn’t help but twitch. Who knew that reinstalling windows would be so expensive?
To save money, you’ve no doubt considered just buying windows from a retailer and installing them yourself. After all, they’re just windows–how hard could the task be? After all, no one’s asking you to perform brain surgery.
But before you hop in the car and head to the nearest outlet, there are a couple of important reasons to leave windows installation to the pros. If not, your DIY project will be a DI-Why-Did-I-Do-This-Myself?
Off-the-Rack Windows are Probably the Wrong Size
Sorry, windows are not one-size-fit-all products. If you head down to your local home improvement store and bought off-the-rack windows, chances are they’ll be too big or too small for your home–you’ll just be wasting. Contractors, on the other hand, can create custom-sized windows that fit your home perfectly.
You Can’t Install Exterior Cladding Yourself
Installing the windows is just one part of the job. Once they’re in place, contractors install exterior cladding to create a tight seal. Through this, heat and cold won’t easily enter or escape your home, increasing its insulating properties. However, the cladding requires specialized equipment that you almost certainly don’t have.
Can You Spare the Time?
While far from being the most complex home improvement project, window replacements are still fairly labor intensive and time consuming. Do you really want to spend your hard-earned weekends figuring out how to install new windows? You can’t recover lost time, but you can always earn back the money you paid a windows contractor.
Screw Ups are a Real Possibility
Sure, there are countless YouTube videos that can teach you how to DIY window replacements. However, a short video can’t compare to the years of hands-on experience that a professional contractor possesses. Without this, there’s a very high likelihood that you’ll botch the operation, which will only cost you more money in the end.
In relation to the above, most contractors will offer a warranty on both the materials and workmanship of your new windows. If you do screw up during the installation process, there’s no warranty to cover you. In other words, a slip up is literally a costly mistake that you’ll have to pay for using your own money.
Everyone wants to save money, but DIY window installations is definitely not the way to go. If you want beautiful windows that are perfectly installed in the quickest manner possible, just get help from the pros.
Do it Yourself or Hire a Contractor? Here are Pros and Cons of Both, quickenloans.com
Home improvements: DIY or leave it to the pros?, cnbc.com
Can I Replace My Own Windows?, homerenovations.about.com
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