Are your windows showing their age, such as cold drafts, condensation between the panes, or water damage? If so, it’s time for you to consider window replacement. Many factors go into replacing your windows, but one of the first decisions you need to make is if you are going to do it yourself or hire a professional. DIY home projects are appealing at first glance as they promise total control of the task and budget. However, the following factors need to be considered before going down this route:
1. Your Expertise
Many homeowners pride themselves on being their own handyman. The ability to take care of your family and home is a great skill to cultivate. However, there are times when it is better to turn to experts. Your house loses 90% of its heat through windows, and shoddily replaced windows can result in drastically higher utility bills and a chilly or too hot family. Window replacement will not be a weekend project for someone with no experience.
2. Your Time
Apart from a wayward baseball smashing through a window, you typically won’t need just one window replaced. Sometimes, a window replacement project will target all windows in your home, especially if you’re upgrading or changing the window style. The more windows you need to do, the longer the project will take. Are you willing to dedicate multiple weekends to replacing your windows?
3. Location of Windows
An upstairs window requires more time, skill, and tools to replace than a window easily accessed from the ground. The World Health Organization reported that there are approximately 164,000 ER visits every year in the U.S. due to ladder-related injuries, with around 300 resulting in deaths. Performing a home improvement project on a ladder, such as hanging Christmas lights or replacing your windows, can increase your chances of falling.
4. Additional Tools
Replacing your windows will require more than just the new hardware. You will need to have or purchase the following tools to perform the project safely and successfully: safety glasses, caulk gun, waterproof shims, tape measurer, leveler, hammer, power drill, screwdriver, putty knife, utility knife, and pry bar. If you are replacing windows on the second floor, you will also need a ladder tall enough to reach. If you’re a regular DIY-er, there’s a chance you have a majority of these tools lying around. However, if you’re just getting into DIY-ing, the initial cost of these items may drastically reduce your original hardware budget.
5. Window Shopping
What’s the best window option for your home? If you’re going it alone, then be prepared for an overwhelming number of options. While a big project such as this should be researched, whether you DIY or hire a contractor, working with professionals can reduce your research load. A good contractor will be available to offer advice and insight into window replacement options, from types of glass to insulation. On top of all this knowledge, working with a contractor will help you save money as they will more than likely receive materials wholesale, while you will have to pay full retail price.
Are you interested in working with a contractor who will save you time, stress, and even money? Contact the Resolutions Contractors team to schedule your free inspection. We will gladly visit your home and help you determine the best plan of action for your windows. After the inspection, you will receive a quote for any necessary repairs.