Are you looking to save a few bucks on the cost of replacement windows by installing them yourself? Although it might be quite tempting, this is a tricky job for DIYers. Even if you’re handy with tools and not afraid to tackle big projects, attempting to install replacement windows can be quite challenging. Before you take on this job, ask yourself these questions:
Do You Have Experience Installing Windows?
Depending on the replacement window type, you may need a complex set of skills to replace your windows. For example, installing a full frame replacement window can be quite complicated. With a full frame replacement window, you’ll need to completely tear out the existing window and put in a new one. Our installers have literally installed 1000’s of windows. Consider giving The Window Source NH a call!
Do You Have The Right Tools?
You will need quite a few tools to do a window replacement yourself. Here are common things required for a window replacement:
- Power drill
- Circular saw
- Waterproof shims
- Safety glasses
- 4-foot level
- Caulk gun and caulk
- Casing nails
- Wood shims
- Fiberglass insulation
- Pry bar
- Putty knife and utility knife
These are just a few of the tools that are needed for a window replacement. Purchasing the tools and materials necessary to replace your window could eat up any savings you’ll realize by doing the job yourself.
Do You Have Enough Time For This Project?
A full frame window replacement takes at least six 6 hours for every ground-level window. It will take longer for windows located on upper floors. Plus you’ll need to set aside additional time for reading through the installation guides carefully.
Other Things to Consider
There are a few more things that you’ll want to consider if you are thinking about installing windows yourself.
- You’ll have to dispose of your old windows properly – There are strict guidelines for disposing of windows. You’ll need to contact waste management companies or local authorities to learn the proper disposal and recycling of your old window or patio door.
- You could be exposed to lead during the process – If your home is built before 1978, there’s a good chance that it may contain lead-based paint, according to the EPA. During activities like window replacement, the lead can be disturbed and create toxic lead dust. This dust can be very harmful to you and everyone inside your home. Is potentially saving a little money worth the risk?
The Bottom Line
While replacing your windows might seem like an easy process, installing replacement windows correctly takes a lot of time, tools, and a specialized skill set. Incorrectly installed replacement windows can lead to many problems including a loss of energy efficiency and air leakage
Additionally, some window warranties become void if they aren’t professionally installed. In most cases, hiring a window replacement contractor is the right choice when it comes to window replacement. If you are in New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine and need a window installer, contact the window source of New Hampshire for a professional-quality installation.