Window installation in and of itself is not the most difficult of jobs, but it does require a special set of tools, knowledge and experience in order to be completed successfully. As a homeowner, you may have a general understanding of how to approach the project but likely don't have much experience with the specific task. This is why you really should hire a contractor rather than trying to do it yourself. Consider what could possibly go wrong, and the results of having an unforeseen problem. Not only the efficiency of your home is compromised, but also the safety of you and your family if such a problem arises and you don't have the window in place for several days until you can find the solution.
Like most jobs, planning ahead is essential to a window replacement. Being able to measure the window and have the replacement ready is required to conduct the job efficiently. Having the necessary tools along with others you may not need for every window replacement is something you have to plan ahead for in order to make the job go smoothly. Nothing will hold up the job as much as realizing you need something which is not available and having to find a place to buy it and go pick it up.
Knowledge and Speed
Along with planning is the knowledge and experience to know what to expect. Even if you have replaced a window before, not all windows were installed by the same contractor so you may find nuances you wouldn't expect on the one you are currently replacing. The knowledge of different techniques and understanding how to deal with different situations that may occur only comes with experience and make the job go quicker.
It stands to reason a warranty is cause for hiring a contractor to conduct your window replacement. Should you make a mistake or realize a problem after taking on a window replacement as a do-it-yourself project, you will have to go back and fix it yourself, or pay extra for a contractor to undo your work and then complete the original window replacement. When a contractor does the job right the first time, there is no problem. On the rare occasion something comes up later, a licensed professional contractor is obligated to come fix it and make sure you are satisfied with the quality of their work.
You may consider taking on a window replacement project as a do-it-yourself job, but it probably is not the best idea. Window replacement is the type of job which is relatively inexpensive in the overall scheme of home ownership so the money is well spent. Further, it just isn't the type of job to play around with because of the importance on which the results rely. If the windows are not properly installed, your heating and cooling bills will go up while the potential safety of you and your family is compromised.
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