These days, you can’t flip through the channels very long without coming across a home improvement show or two. There’s a good reason these types of programs have grown in popularity over the years. After all, it’s pretty exciting to get into the spirit of home improvement and watch a home be completely transformed in a half hour or so. But it’s also important to remember that these projects take time in real life before they’re edited, and more importantly, these projects are overseen by experienced professionals.
Although it might be tempting to take on your own window replacement project, there are some things better left to the pros. In this post, our team at Window World Twin Cities will share some of the pitfalls of taking on such a project yourself and discuss the advantages of working with contractors.
DIY Windows: What Could Go Wrong?
In the Information Age, it’s just about possible to find a tutorial on anything you want to learn on the web. But watching a video or reading an article doesn’t always capture the whole picture. Typically, the person explaining how to carry out the project has a higher level of experience themselves, and there’s a good deal of context that’s often left out.
Some of the most common pitfalls of taking on this type of DIY window installation project happen when homeowners start off with the best of intentions. Everything looks simple enough in a tutorial, but maybe something in their home isn’t quite the way it appeared online. Left to improvise or fill in missing information, homeowners often find there’s plenty that can go wrong.
These are some of the more common mishaps professional window contractors encounter when fixing DIY projects gone awry:
1. Lack of Experience Leads to Problems
When you work with an experienced contractor, they’ve seen it all. If you’re conducting a DIY window installation yourself and it looks fine, you might not recognize a seemingly minor oversight that could lead to serious damage. There’s also the possibility that you could void your product warranty or cause a problem with your homeowner’s insurance policy.
2. Materials Can Become Damaged
One of the most common pitfalls of DIY home improvement is property damage. Even if a window installation worked well on a DIY video, the technique might not be the best option for the type of window or home you’re working with. A professional contractor understands the nuance of working with a certain material and can get the job done right the first time without any unexpected problems.
3. Personal Injury Can Occur
Replacing a window on the first floor is less likely to lead to injury, but taking on a second-level or third-level window replacement is risky business. A falling window or ladder can lead to serious personal injury or property damage. A licensed window replacement team has years of experience safely installing multi-level replacement windows.
The Benefits of Working With a Professional Window Contractor
When you work with an experienced and licensed professional window replacement team, you get the peace of mind that only comes from a worry-free installation. Any DIY installation project has a learning curve no matter how quick a study you are. But professional window contractors have been through the learning curve with years of training and apprenticeship. They’ve spent countless window installation jobs gaining experience and developing insight that can’t be picked up from years of home improvement projects.
These are some of the key benefits of working with an experienced window installation team:
1. Understanding of Structural Concerns
An experienced window contractor understands some of the subtler issues of construction they’ll encounter during your window installation. They can help you make the best decisions based on any pre-existing problems in your walls.
2. Professional Consultation Services
When you work with a professional window installer, you get the benefit of an expert’s experience in your decision-making process. They’ll help steer you to the best materials for your home and keep you up to speed throughout the installation.
3. Insurance Company Leverage
If you have future problems that require an insurance claim, you’ll have proof that the job was done right so they can’t deny your claim based on improper installation.
4. Easier Clean-Up
When you install a window yourself, you have to worry about cleaning up afterward and disposing of the old window or windows. When you hire a professional window replacement contractor, we’ll handle everything for you, leaving the work area as clean as when we first arrived.
Get Your Twin Cities Replacement Windows From an Experienced Contractor
Whether your windows are old and it’s simply time for a replacement, you’re upgrading your windows for energy efficiency, or you just want a change, don’t take a chance on a DIY job. Our team of experienced professionals at Window World Twin Cities can help you choose the right windows for your home, and we back up every job with a warranty and certification.
To learn more about our window options, visit our Window Showcase online. Call our Window World Twin Cities window installation pros at 651.770.5570, or contact us online to get your free quote today.
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