Installing Your Own Windows vs. Having it Professionally Done

In a world with Pinterest, blog posts, and “Do It Yourself” videos for practically anything, many Benicia homeowners may find it tempting to install their own windows in an effort to save money. While there are many benefits to taking on home improvement projects yourself, there are some projects that are best suited for professionals to complete. Here we will be taking a closer look at the various aspects of window installation and whether each is a DIY project or worth hiring a professional.

Measurements
DIY: The first process of installing new windows is ordering your replacement windows. To do this you will need perfectly accurate measurements. If measurements are just a tad off, drafts will occur, making even the most energy efficient windows Petaluma, CA models virtually useless.
Professionals: Professionals know the direct angles and frame spacing to keep in mind while taking measurements for your windows. Precise equations are required to provide your home with the optimal insulation and save you money on future energy costs.

Models
DIY: While following advice from videos, blogs, and forums there are several factors to keep in mind. First, there is no telling how old the information is and whether or not the model being discussed has been discontinued or recalled for any reason. Second, many of the individuals posting the blogs and videos are doing so as sponsors on behalf of a specific window company, meaning the windows may not actually be quality models.
Professionals: Professional window installers are held accountable for their services and the window models they offer, which is why a good deal of time and energy is spent on narrowing down the most quality windows on the market. This often includes researching new models with cutting edge features, before most bloggers on the internet even begin to discuss them.

Getting Stuck:
DIY: Imagine it this way, you’ve managed to get the correct measurements and the right model for your home. Now it’s time for the actual installation. You follow the directions step by step and then suddenly…you’re stuck. Some unexpected factor has popped up and you are unable to continue the installation as directed. Chances are, you don’t have the person who wrote the direction on speed dial, and unless someone in a forum has encountered (and fixed) the exact problem you’re facing, you’re pretty stuck.
Professionals: With years of experience you can trust that the professionals have dealt with practically every kind of problem that can occur and know how to work around it.

When considering the amount of money, time and headache spent on installing your own windows, it’s easy to see why it may be best to simply hire a professional the first time. In addition to the factors listed above, you will rest easy knowing that your windows were installed in a manner that safely protects your home and family. If you would like to learn more about how professionals can assist you with your window installation give us a call at American Window Systems at (707) 304-5311 or visit us in person at 1729 Action Avenue, Suite B Napa, Ca 94559.

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