San Diego is an expensive place to live, and many homeowners here try to save money by undertaking home improvement projects on their own. If you are handy and have the necessary tools, some spare time, and internet access (to watch YouTube tutorials on the project you intend to attempt), almost any home improvement project can be done. But there are certain home improvement projects that might be better left to the pros, and window replacement may be one of them. Here are four things to think about before you attempt a DIY window replacement.
You Could Void Your Replacement Window Warranty
All warranties have exception clauses. These tell you under what circumstances your warranty will become null and void. When it comes to replacement windows, all warranties will say that they are not responsible for the repair or replacement of windows that were installed improperly. This means you are on the hook for any repairs if it is determined that you made a mistake when you installed them. However, if you go with a replacement window company with an installation guarantee, you are protected.
The Performance of Your Windows Could Be Affected
You could buy the most high-tech, energy-efficient replacement window products on the market, but if they aren’t installed the way the manufacturer intended, you won’t see the performance that was promised. The installation of the windows is just as important as the quality of the windows themselves, so if energy efficiency is one of the main reasons why you are considering replacing your windows, you may want to consider having the job done by professionals.
The Installation Will Probably Take Longer than You Anticipate
If you’ve never installed replacement windows before, and you think installing a house full of windows will be a quick day or weekend project, you may want to think again. Our experienced window installers at BM Windows typically take a full day to install new windows in a San Diego home, and they are experts. They already have all of the tools they need handy and know how to troubleshoot almost any situation that comes up, and it still takes them a full day or two. Even if you consider yourself an experienced DIY-er, you would have trouble replacing all the windows in your home in just a weekend.
Your time is valuable. Make sure you take that into consideration before you decide to undertake an extensive DIY project like installing your own windows.
You May Not Be Able to Get the Brand of Replacement Windows You Want
Not all replacement window manufacturers sell their products directly to consumers. Some of them only sell to authorized dealers who have installers that have been trained by the manufacturer. Manufacturers don’t do this because they are trying to protect their dealers from losing valuable business. It is because they are trying to protect the integrity of their products. They know that if their windows are installed by an amateur and then fail down the road or don’t give the homeowner the energy efficiency they were hoping for, the homeowner is not likely to blame him or herself. Rather, he or she will probably fault the window products, giving the manufacturer a bad name.
There are replacement window brands you can order online or get from home improvement stores, but they may not be the ones you want. For example, Anlin Windows, which we highly recommend to our San Diego customers, are only available for purchase through an authorized dealer like BM Windows.
Contact BM Windows, a Top-Rated San Diego Replacement Window Company
If you decide that going with a San Diego replacement window company is the best option for you, don’t hire just anyone. Look for a company that uses professional installation crews rather than subcontractors, and one that stands behind their work. If you’d like to learn more about BM Windows and the type of service we provide to San Diego homeowners, contact us today.