Perhaps you’ve completed a few home improvement projects on your own, and now you’re considering a DIY window replacement. Before you get in over your head, there are a few reasons you definitely should not try to replace your own windows in your Michigan home.
It’s Harder than it Looks
Replacing windows isn’t as easy as taking out the old one and putting the new one in. Windows must be perfectly fitted to prevent any leaks or drafts. The area around the window must be inspected for signs of damage or rot. Any damage must be properly repaired before the new window can be installed. Oftentimes, there is more than meets the eye hidden behind old windows, so it is always best to have an expert there to handle any surprises. In addition, if you don’t get your windows installed perfectly, you may void the warranty, and you could be left with some serious damage when it rains or snows.
DIY window replacement also requires a special set of tools if you hope to get the job done right. Not only do you need to be familiar with how those tools work, but you must also be comfortable and confident using them on a ladder. Accessibility of second story windows is often a deal breaker for DIYers. You don’t want to get halfway through this project and realize that you can’t handle the second story windows.
Finally, you need to have a realistic timeline for installing your new windows. Keep in mind that it usually takes an entire team of trained professionals several days or up to a week to complete a window installation for an entire house. If you are planning on doing it yourself, you can expect to spend a significant amount of time figuring out the first window, much less completing the entire project. Do you have weeks to spare on this project? Can you guarantee that your house won’t be exposed to the elements in the meantime?Hopefully, now you can see that a DIY window replacement on your Michigan home could be more of a risk than it’s worth. Between the tools and the time required to get the job done properly, you are looking at a big investment. Then, you have to consider whether or not you have the skills necessary to guarantee the results you’re looking for. For more information about the window installation process, contact Renewal by Andersen today and schedule your consultation.