Should You DIY Window Installation?
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
A DIY window replacement likely won't bring the cost savings you'd expect. Read on to discover why you should trust Budget Windows & Doors - a local, family-owned business that has been operating in and around the Kitchener area for over 20 years. We take great pride in the work we do for you, and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction. Let the experts handle your next window installation - contact Budget Windows & Doors today. Save money and gain peace of mind by working with our professional team!
Should You Attempt DIY Window Installation?
Generally speaking, you can expect to have your windows replaced every 15-20 years. For some signs that the time has arrived, read our article on 5 signs it's time for a window replacement.
In terms of whether you should DIY window installation, here are a few cautions that indicate you should hire a professional instead.
1. Determining what you need is a major chore
Right off the top, you will be faced with the challenge of finding the right windows for your home. As noted by The Spruce, the reason is that there are two different kinds of residential windows: new-construction and replacement.
Here's the difference between the two.
New-construction: As the name suggests, these are used for new structures - an addition, bump-out, or an entirely new home, for example. These are easily identified because they have nailing fins on the front that allow the window to be nailed flat to the exterior of the structure.
Replacement: Replacement windows are used when removing and replacing existing windows in existing structures. These do not have nailing fins, allowing the window to fit into the existing window opening.
It's important to know when to use new-construction or replacement windows, and you need a working knowledge of nailing fins in order to make that determination.
For more on nailing fins, check out this handy video.
2. Purchasing replacement windows is a challenge
If you're looking to undertake a DIY window installation, purchasing supplies might trip you up before you can even get started. That's because replacement windows aren't readily available for purchase by individual homeowners.
Suppliers tend to make it challenging for consumers to buy replacement windows, especially if you need custom sizing. They offer sky-high prices for small-scale projects in an attempt to funnel business towards professional outfitters, who typically buy in bulk as more reliable customers.
It therefore benefits you to deal with a trusted window company who, with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind them, can let you know exactly what you need and get the job done at the lowest possible cost.
Buying replacement windows isn't as simple as heading down to the local hardware store.
3. It's not a job for rookies
A DIY window installation is often a bigger project than you’d expect. It takes a skilled craftsman who knows the ins and outs of the job, and who has been specifically trained to perform the task correctly the first time.
Also, don't underestimate the necessity of being equipped with all necessary and specialized tools needed to complete the job correctly and efficiently.
Due to the risk that comes with this kind of job - climbing ladders, for example - it's also important to rely on people who have Workplace Safety Insurance Board coverage and working at heights training in case of accident.
Quite simply, why put yourself in an unnecessary position of risk while trying to do a DIY window installation when trained professionals are ready and willing to get the job done right for you?
A DIY window installation is often a bigger project than you’d expect.
4. DIY isn't guaranteed save you money
The challenge of finding replacement windows - and the cost of purchasing them - has already been discussed, but don't forget about the ramifications of a botched DIY job. You can expect to devote a considerable amount of time, money, and resources to this projects, and not getting it right the first time will be even more costly down the line.
If the job isn't done properly, not only will you have to fork over additional time, money, and resources towards additional reparations, but you risk diminishing the value of your home and affecting its resale value. In a worst-case scenario, you might need to spend money to repair problems caused by water damage resulting from poorly installed windows.
By taking the DYI route over a professional window and door service, you will also miss out on a workmanship guarantee and the peace of mind that comes with hiring an accredited, professional business.
Weigh out the cost of hiring a window installer with the financial risks that come with DIY projects.
Trust Budget Windows & Doors!
A DIY window installation may seem like a good idea in theory, but when it comes time to get the job done, relying on trained professionals is the way to go.
Budget Windows & Doors is pleased to be your source for all your window and door needs in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, and the surrounding areas.
We ensure our services are tailored to meet your requirements, and we pride ourselves on our experience. We've seen it all, and we will recommend the right solution to maximize the value you get from your home improvement dollar.
Backed by superior quality products, service and knowledge, we are able to deliver flawless results time and time again. Our success stems from the quality service we provide with every job completed.
That’s why our customers keep coming back and referring us to friends and family.
"We did 5 basement windows. Great experience all around. The install technician was amazing. He was professional, tidy, fast, and great with our dog. The workmanship was great. Windows are great quality. I would recommend this company." - Amy