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Why You Should Avoid DIY Window Projects

Posted: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | Filed under: DIY Window Mistakes, Professional Window Installation
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DIY Window ProjectsThere is no denying that a do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement project can feel exciting and fulfilling. According to the American Society of Interior Designers, “the recession, Internet resources and increased consumer engagement have led to a proliferation of DIY across industries – including interior design.”

It’s no secret that installing or replacing your windows is one of the bigger investments you can for your home. But due to the popularity of DIY projects; many homeowners are quick to pick up a hammer because they believe that they can get the job done themselves for a reduced cost.

Before you try installing new windows in your home, it is important that you understand that window installation isn’t necessarily a job you can complete on your own. If you don’t have the skills, your DIY project can end in catastrophe.

The truth is that there are some home improvement projects that should be left to professionals. These projects require certain tools, skills and safety precautions that amateurs simply do not possess.

Is Your DIY Project Really Cost Effective?

Times are tough with the economy and people are looking for anyway to avoid emptying their bank account. Many homeowners jump at the opportunity of completing a DIY window project because they believe it will save them money in the end. But is this huge undertaking really cost effective?

Yes, you can save money labor costs; however, the project will take longer to complete if you’re new or unfamiliar with the required tasks.

What about your tools? Do you have the necessary tools to complete the task? If you’re just beginning to explore DIY projects, the answer is probably “no.”  While it is very easy to purchase or rent tools from your local hardware store, it seems counterproductive to make this purchase if the original intention was to save money. Also, do you even know how to use these power tools correctly and safely?

One Mistake Can Result In Higher Costs

Many homeowners try to tackle a DIY window project because they truly believe they can cut costs. The truth is that some people can successfully complete a project without hiring a professional because perhaps they possess the tools and skills needed to successfully install a new window.

But this isn’t always the case, especially with amateur DIY enthusiasts. When installing windows, precision is key. You need accurate measurements – the project can become disastrous even if your measurement is off by a half-inch.  Any small mistake can cause a plethora of problems. For example, your window may not fit securely in the frame, which can cause water infiltration, cold air penetrating your house or a number of other issues such as fire hazards.

Avoid Unnecessary Costs by Hiring a Professional

Once the damage is done, you will end up spending more money to fix the mistake you made, or you will end up spending more money to hire a professional to fix the problem correctly. If you invest in hiring a professional from the beginning, you can avoid spending money to fix simply mistakes that a professional would have been able to avoid.

Bottom Line: Hire a Professional! If you’re ready to have your windows replaced, a professional will get the job done quickly, efficiently and correctly the first time out.

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