As a homeowner, it may feel empowering to complete home projects on your own. There is nothing wrong with being handy when it comes to taking care of your home maintenance. However, there are some things that are best left to the professionals. Residential window replacement is one of those tasks. The following are some things to think about if you are considering doing your own window replacement:
It is Not as Easy as it Looks
When you watch videos of window replacement, it probably looks like a very quick and straightforward process that you could accomplish yourself. The thing to remember is that these are trained professionals who have been installing windows for years. They are equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to get the job done fast without lacking quality. They are also equipped with the proper tools to do the job correctly.
You Don't Know What You Can't See
When you remove a window, you never know what you will find. Over time, wear and tear can take place around the windows and cause the frames to be misshapen. Mold and deterioration can lead to major problems as well. Once you pull the window, you have to be ready to deal with whatever you may find. Not doing so could result in your home being exposed to outdoor elements for longer than you prefer.
It Can be Dangerous
Aside from not having the proper knowledge on window replacement, doing this job can also be very dangerous. If you have windows on second or third stories of your home, you risk falling from ladders or scaffolding, resulting in serious injury or death.
You Can Cause Additional Damage
The goal in doing your window replacements yourself is to save money in most cases, so it would be a shame to have to spend even more to fix your own errors. Window replacements can get botched quite easily, whether you cut something wrong or left areas open to air leaks. You will end up spending more on fixing what you attempted to do on your own if you are not completely sure of what you are doing.
While it is fantastic to know how to take care of your own home maintenance, it is important that you know what your limits are. If you have no experience in window replacement, it is best to leave such a large and important job to the professionals.