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The Dangers of Replacing Your Windows by Yourself

Overall, replacing your windows is a great way to add value to your home on a multitude of levels. Beyond value, there are even more benefits to consider. We can touch on those benefits here. You can use this information to decide once and for all if new windows are definitely the way you want to go.


However, the decision process doesn’t end there. Beyond the fact that you have to decide which new windows are right for you, there is also the matter of installation. If you are replacing your windows, you are basically going to have two options in front of you.


Windows Replacement: DIY or No?


Windows replacement work comes down to choosing between two possibilities. You can opt to handle the window replacement work on your own. There are some potential benefits to this, but there are also some significant downsides and dangers that you are also going to want to keep in mind.


replacing-windows-by-yourself On the other side of the issue, you can hire professionals to handle the work for you. There are some obvious benefits to working with our experts at NorthShield Windows and Doors. At the same time, you may balk at some of the potential downsides of putting the work into the hands of a company.


It is important to weigh both possibilities carefully. However, we think the dangers of replacing your windows by yourself far outweighs the potential benefits of going that route. Before you make any decisions, as you learn more about the benefits of windows replacements, make it a point to study these dangers in greater detail. While handling everything on your own is certainly tempting, we think there are a lot of reasons why pros are always the right way to go with things.


Should I Replace My Windows On My Own?


It is easy to see why a lot of people would prefer to handle new window installation on their own. No one wants to spend even more than they already have on the window(s) and other elements. Hiring professionals makes everything considerably easier, but if you’re a homeowner on a tight budget, you may already find yourself to be a little strained by how much you’ve invested in the windows alone. Windows replacement can be a little pricey, which ultimately depends on how much you are planning to spend.


DIY Window replacement can potentially save money. However, this is something that is highly dependent, almost entirely dependent, on one key factor. How much do you really know about windows, window installation, and other aspects of the project?


windows-replacement Simply put, unless you are an expert, you are going to feel completely overwhelmed. There are numerous types of windows, materials for windows, and other things that must be considered every step of the way. There is also the matter of whether or not you are simply replacing a window, or if you need to replace everything surrounding the window. It isn’t just a matter of popping out the old window, and then setting the new one in.


So yes, if you are an expert on windows replacement, you can handle the work on your own. You will know where to go for the most affordable windows, and you will know where to go for the materials and other things that will define the project. You will be able to complete the work within a reasonable time frame. You will be ready for any unwelcome surprises (such as unexpected weather) that may come up during the work.


If you can handle all of those things, you can save money with DIY windows replacement. However, if you aren’t an expert, you can expect a lot of headaches. These can become costly mistakes. Even a small error in judgment can leave you with a window that isn’t installed properly. You can also expect to spend an inordinate amount of time on research and DIY window replacement videos. Do you really have that kind of time?


To put it another way: Is the amount of time you’ll have to spend learning worth more, or less, than the amount of money you might save?


Let’s also keep in mind that we are talking about somewhat dangerous work. It is entirely possible for a non-professional to make the kind of error that can result in a trip to the emergency room. No one really wants to deal with that either. At this point, we are talking about costs and inconveniences that dramatically outweigh any amount of money you can potentially save.


Leaving windows replacement to the experts will give all of the benefits of new windows. Everything will be installed correctly the first time around. You will have energy-efficient, durable, and absolutely gorgeous windows to define your home for years to come.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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