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DIY Window Replacement? Why It’s Not a Good Idea

Sep 02, 2018

Installing a window is harder than it looks. You might think it just requires a few tools and some time, but there are actually quite a few complicated steps involved. If you’ve never attempted installing your own window before, let’s take a look at why you should call in professional help.

Hard to Find Supplies

It is hard for the average person to walk into a hardware store and purchase a window. It is typically a larger job than most homeowners expect, so hardware stores don’t typically stock them – especially when you need more than one or two. Plus, with the many options and colors now available, it can be difficult to find exactly the right one to fit your home’s style. Changing one window in your home to a different type can offset the whole balance.

Can You Install Aluminum?

Not only do you need to install the new window properly, you also need to install the aluminum trim around the outside edges known as cladding. This aluminum piece typically matches the siding of your home and provides a tight seal to protect from the weather. Without this key piece, you may experience leaking and problems down the road. Aluminum can be hard to work with, making for a difficult job.

Are You Up to Code?

Part of the job of local contractors is to stay up-to-date on things like building code requirements. If you are not aware of these requirements and do not follow them, you can create a much bigger mess for yourself. If you ever decide to sell your home, you might not pass the inspection and may end up paying someone to redo your work.

An Exact Fit

There is no room for error when installing a window. All it takes is a small mistake to end up with water damage, drafts and even mold. The handyman on YouTube might make it look easy, but, in reality there are a lot of considerations when installing a window. Not only does the window need to be a perfect fit, but the insulation and trim also need to be perfectly measured and installed. If you’ve never done a DIY window before, it might benefit you to watch a professional install one before you give it a shot.

What’s a Shim?

Do you know how to shim your window properly? If you don’t, this probably is not the job for you. Shims ensure a window will open properly without shifting around in the opening. Without this step, your window is a lost cause.

Saving money on home repairs is a must, but not if it is going to cause more problems and damage down the road. Leave the hard work up to Erie Metal Roofs. Our team of professionals can help you install a replacement window the right way the first time. Save yourself the expensive repair bill and call us first.

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