There are a lot of home improvement jobs that can be tackled by experienced do-it-yourselfers. Fixing a dripping facet? Easy. Adding a bathroom shelf? No problem. Installing a ceiling fan? Absolutely. But window installation? That’s a project best left for professionals. Changing out one window can be challenging even for Dallas homeowners comfortable with home repairs, let alone replacing an entire window system. That’s because proper window installation requires a combination of skills to ensure the units function as intended and provide seamless protection from air and moisture incursion. Even small errors can lead to big problems down the road that require extensive, and expensive, repairs to fix.
Things to Consider
There are several factors that make window installation a demanding process:
- It’s not a one-person job – The average home window weights about 25 pounds. That may not sound like a lot, but they’re also large and difficult to maneuver. Dropping one can crack the frame or break the glass. And, keeping the window in place while it’s being secured will require a second set of hands.
- You’ll need a lot of tools – Most homeowners own the basics of a hammer, screwdriver, drill, and saw, but an efficient installation requires specialized equipment, such as a window extractor, rubber molding channel opener, locking strip tool, and more. Purchasing everything you need to install your windows will not be cheap.
- There are multiple steps involved – Before old windows can be extracted, the trim and casing must be carefully removed. Getting the old windows out may require crowbarring them loose. Be care not to damage exterior siding in the process! Once the new windows are in, they’ll need to be sealed and insulated. And, that’s just the first half of a typical window installation.
- There will be extensive cleanup – Once your project is complete, there will be a bunch of old windows stacked in your yard. You can’t toss them in the trash or drag them to the curb for the garbageman to take away. You’ll have to haul them off yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
Installing new windows yourself may save some money on labor costs, but it could cost you more in the long run. At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, we can provide Dallas homeowners with top-of-the-line Woodbridge Class vinyl windows and install them quickly and flawlessly. To learn more about our window installation services, contact us today and schedule a no-obligation consultation. We can also provide financing for qualified customers, so be sure to ask about ways to make your home improvement as affordable as possible.