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DIY Window Install: Pros and Cons

When buying new windows, should you install them yourself or get a professional installation team to help you out? It really depends on your skill level and how much experience you have. While a DIY window installation can save you some money, a poor installation can cost you a whole lot more than the initial cost to have a professional handle it.

At Euroclad Windows and Doors we have many clients who install their own windows. We work with quite a few reputable builders that will sometimes tackle the job themselves, but many builders choose to hire professionals because they know we’ll get the job done right, and in a time efficient manner.

Should you attempt a DIY window install? Here are some pros and cons to consider.

pina-messina-465028-unsplashThe Cost of Window Installation

The number one reason homeowners would choose to install the window themselves is saving on the cost. Window installation costs will vary depending on the type and number of windows you’re installing. Cost will also depend on the structure itself: are the windows being installed in a new build, or is this a renovation?

Cost savings is a big pro, in fact it’s the only pro, but a poor installation is a very large con. A poor installation can end up costing you more than a professional installation would have cost you in the first place.

A few of the problems that can pop up with a DIY installation can be water getting behind the window causing rot, cracked glass, broken seals, and a window that just doesn’t function as it’s supposed to. For example, a window won’t slide smoothly if it’s installed sideways! Plus, your casement window won’t latch shut if your window is installed out of square.

If you need to replace the window or any structure due to a poor installation, all the cost savings will go out the window.

Window Warranty

New windows should last a long time, but you’ll want a warranty on your products just to make sure there are no manufacturing defects. When you install your own windows, some manufacturers will adjust their warranty accordingly.

A professional installation will usually not only have a warranty on the product itself, but also the install. Having a solid warranty can be worth the cost of installation alone, as you won’t be on the hook for any problems that pop up.

ivan-vranic-512073-unsplashDamages During Installation

Windows are heavy and, depending on the size of the window, they can often be too heavy to lift by hand. If you’re installing your own windows, you’re responsible for everything. If you drop a window, damage machinery and lifts, damage any siding, or even hurt yourself, you’ll have to bear the costs associated with these problems.

A professional installer will carry proper insurance so any issues or accidents that arise are easily taken care of without you having to worry about them. A professional window install is not only worry free, it’s going to save you a ton of hassle and headache.

DIY window installs may save you some money, but only if you have experience and can absorb any issues that may pop up from a bad install. If you’re curious about the cost of an install, or are looking for a professional installer for your job, give us a call and we’ll point you in the right direction!