You may need to replace your home windows if they start to look outdated and worn down, do not open and shut properly, lead to higher energy costs, or you simply want to update the windows to achieve better curb appeal. However, in order to maximize the benefits you receive from new windows, it is important to avoid a DIY window installation and hire a professional contractor. This review discusses eight reasons why you should avoid a DIY window installation.
8 Reasons To Avoid A DIY Window Installation
A DIY window installation is rarely a good idea. Some of the more commonly reported issues that homeowners have after attempting to install their new windows without professional help include personal injury, unidentified problems with the home’s siding and foundation, a long and energy-draining process, and damage during installation that leads to costly repairs.
Homeowners often have issues with energy costs, curb appeal, window function, and warranty coverage when windows are not properly installed. The following is an in-depth review of each reason why it is strongly encouraged to avoid a DIY window installation.
1. There Is A Risk Of Injury For Homeowners
There are many ways in which personal injury could result from a DIY window installation. Professional window contractors go through extensive training to ensure the optimal safety of window installation. Homeowners, of course, do not have the training necessary. Common injuries that can occur from a DIY window installation include:
- Injury from falling from a ladder or scaffolding;
- Getting cut by sharp glass when removing old windows; and
- Jamming or breaking a finger when installing the new windows.
Of course, the above examples are just a few ways of many in which an injury could occur. A professional contractor can adequately assess the risks involved and have the proper equipment and safety training to minimize the risk of injury to themselves.
They are also adequately insured to cover the cost of any injuries or property damage that occur, whereas individual health or homeowner insurance policies may not cover the medical costs or costs of repairing damaged property from a DIY window installation.
2. Window And Exterior Related Problems Are Often Missed
Windows are far more complex than many homeowners realize. The fact is many homeowners are not able to adequately assess the condition of all aspects of windows, which could lead to important problems going undetected. There are many different components to windows.
In addition to glass, other features such as frames, insulation, drywall, exterior siding and more play a role in the installation process. If there are issues with one or more of these components, then it could lead to complications.
To give an example, a homeowner may choose to replace their windows to make their home more energy-efficient. In general, replacing outdated or damaged windows that cause drafts is a great way to reduce monthly energy costs.
However, the homeowner may find that their energy costs are just as high after DIY window installation if insulation issues are not detected and properly addressed during installation, a problem that could otherwise be detected when choosing professional window installation.
3. High Repair And Energy Costs Long-Term
DIY window installation often leads to the need for more frequent repairs as issues that are not addressed initially can worsen. Minor concerns such as a window that sticks while opening and closing are far more likely with DIY window installation as well. On the other hand, a professional installation ensures optimal function and appearance for your windows.
As mentioned, windows also play a huge role in the energy efficiency of your home. Windows that are not able to shut properly or have damaged components can lead to a draft that allows outdoor air to come into your home and air from your HVAC unit to exit.
Of course, this can have a significant impact on monthly energy costs. DIY window installation does not always address the underlying cause of the draft, whereas a window professional can ensure the windows are installed for optimal energy efficiency.
4. A Time-Draining Process And Slow Progress
Many homeowners who attempt DIY window installation are surprised by how long it takes. What may seem like an easy weekend project often turns into something that takes weeks and cuts into the homeowner’s free time. This is particularly true for homeowners that do not have any experience with window installation and do not have the adequate tools and resources available.
On the other hand, a certified window installer can complete jobs in as little as a day, saving the homeowner the time and frustration that is often involved with DIY window installation.
5. There Is A Risk Of Costly Damage During Installation
There are many things that could go wrong during window installation, such as dropping and breaking the glass or hitting a plumbing line. Any setbacks not only make the project take longer, but they can also become incredibly costly. Licensed and insured contractors stand behind their work and are able to cover the costs of any damage that occurs during installation.
Homeowner insurance, however, is not likely to cover repair costs related to a DIY window installation. This means the homeowner is taking a financial risk if they choose to forego professional assistance and install windows themselves.
6. Less Desirable Curb Appeal Due To Limited Materials
When you choose a full-service window company, they can help you through the entire window replacement process. This includes choosing the right type of windows based upon your preference and specific measurements, framing and other needs.
One benefit of hiring a professional window contractor is that they can offer a range of window colors and styles. They also understand how the finished product will look on your home and can make professional recommendations as to which option is best to achieve ideal curb appeal.
7. The Potential Loss Of Warranty Coverage
As mentioned previously, professional window installers stand behind their work and can cover the cost of any damage that occurs during the installation process. This includes any damage that occurs to the windows, framing, insulation, siding, etc. On the other hand, homeowner insurance is not likely to cover these costs if the homeowner attempts DIY window installation.
This can lead to the homeowner having to pay the entire amount of the repairs out of their own pocket. In some cases, this can cost thousands, so hiring a professional contractor is often the safer financial choice.
8. Poor Window Function Due To Improper Installation
Windows are there for more than aesthetic appeal; they also serve an important functional purpose as well. Windows allow natural light to shine through and give the homeowner the opportunity to open them and allow a natural breeze to enter the home. When they are closed, windows should shut tightly without letting any outdoor air inside the home.
If windows are not properly installed, which could occur due to improper measurements, misalignment, framing concerns, and many other potential issues, then it could lead to concerns such as high energy costs, an inability to open and close them as desired and water damage inside the home.
A professional installer can ensure these concerns are minimized and help ensure the manufacturer’s warranty coverage is not voided to further minimize the homeowner’s financial risk.
The Benefits Of A Professional Window Installation
The installation process is important to ensure the ideal level of benefits are achieved long-term. Many of the benefits provided by professional installation are not available with DIY window installation. Notably, the benefits include:
- The use of high-quality materials;
- A faster installation process;
- Reliable, high-quality results;
- A manufacturer’s warranty;
- Reduced energy costs;
- Long-lasting durability; and
- Increased aesthetic appeal.
A misconception is that DIY window installation saves the homeowner money. In some cases, this may be true. However, all too often it leads to the homeowner paying more money as they must purchase the necessary tools and equipment to complete the project and they may experience costly setbacks along the way.
This is in addition to the amount of time it takes to complete the DIY project alone. With professional installation, the homeowner can sit back and enjoy the experience of replacing their old or damaged windows with a new and beautiful set.
A professional installer can also ensure that the maximum level of aesthetic benefit your new windows provide is achieved, and they can help reduce the monthly energy costs as much as possible, thereby ensuring the longevity of your new and improved windows.
When Should I Consider Professional Window Installation?
Of course, new construction homes need professional window installation. For window replacement, warranties typically last between 15 and 25 years, which is right around the amount of time they are expected to remain in good condition. Windows that are more than 25 years old likely require replacement to ensure optimal quality.
Early window replacement may be a good idea if you start to notice unexplained increases in your monthly energy costs, if the windows begin to stick when opening and closing, or if you want to improve the curb appeal of your home, among other possible reasons. The best way to determine if window replacement is right for you is to schedule a window inspection with a professional contractor.
Get In Touch With The Window Professionals At Adelphia Exteriors
Adelphia Exteriors offers window installation services for Northern Virginia homeowners. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of window installation or are ready to begin your window replacement or installation for a new construction, then contact our professional and experienced contractors at Adelphia Exteriors today.