Installing a new set of windows for your home is an exciting project, and some people are even enthusiastic enough to fit the windows themselves. This do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to window installation has existed for years, but the question is whether this is a good idea or not.
The short answer? No. You may want to replace your old windows and give it a new modern look, but it is not the same as replacing a doorknob or a light fixture. Here are some critical reasons why fitting new windows should not be a DIY project:
- Safety concerns: It should be done by professionals to ensure the safety of the homeowner as well as other people passing by. Imagine if your glass window falls off and somebody was exactly on the same spot when the window crashed. That will cost you more than what you have saved from hiring a professional window installer.
- Prone to mistakes: While others may think that it is just as easy as lifting the old one and replacing it with the new, homeowners need to realize that they can even spend more if they do it themselves and make a mistake in installing them. DIY may seem like an attractive choice to cut costs, but think again. It takes an expert to do it right even though it seems easy to do.
- Need for precision: You may think you have measured it right but just a few millimeters off from the real measurement may cause problems such as water leakage and outside air entry. Using soundproof windows to minimize the noise coming from outside may do the trick, but if the window isn’t snugly fit , ambient noise could still pass through it.
- Special equipment: Replacing windows need special kind of tools which may not be available right away on stores where you can rent tools. Aside from this, you may not be skilled enough to know how to use them.
If you still choose to do the window fitting yourself, then you might need to learn a few things to get started.
The important of caulking
Caulking is placing a waterproof filler or sealant in between two materials. Caulk is a soft, flexible material used to seal the space between the window frame and glass to ensure that the glass stays in place. A professional ensures that the area where the caulk is to be placed is free from moisture so the caulk seals the void perfectly.
Installing a window is more than merely measuring and applying caulk. You should also know how to estimate the amount of movement that the installed window may experience.
No two windows are exactly the same
What may look good in your friend’s home may not necessarily look spectacular in yours. This may be because of the location of the windows, the amount of space where the window should be placed, and the compatibility of the window design to the overall interior of the house.
Installing windows on your own may save you from labor cost, but one mistake with the installation will definitely cost you more. So the next time you think of replacing your windows, it might be best to call a professional. The work is done accurately and a lot quicker with the correct estimation.