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Will You Sell Me the Replacement Windows and Doors I Need So I Can Install Them Myself or Have Another Company Do It?
Over the years, we have found that providing window and door products directly to end customers (homeowners) for self-installation is not a good idea. We believe very strongly that that a qualified team should handle the installation of your new windows and doors.
We know there are a lot of ambitious DIY-ers in San Diego looking to save money on replacement windows by installing the windows themselves. You might be one of them. Certainly, a lot of the cost associated with new windows purchased from a replacement window dealer like us goes toward the labor to have them installed, so there is definitely money to be saved by installing them yourself. There are also people who know a general contractor that they trust and would like to have him or her install the windows they purchase.
These people are also aware that many of the replacement window products marketed to DIY-ers in stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s are not the highest quality products on the market. They know that many of the best products out there are sold exclusively by authorized dealers who require that they be installed by their own team of installers. For example, here at BM Windows, we sell windows and patio doors made by Anlin. Anlin products are only sold by a few select dealers in San Diego, all of whom were required to go through Anlin’s factory training program.
It's not that Anlin (or other manufacturers of quality windows, for that matter) is trying to be a “gatekeeper” of the best replacement windows. They just want to ensure that their windows are professionally installed, so that homeowners get the best performance out of them. A window that is improperly installed will not give homeowners the energy savings or sound suppression they are likely looking for in a high-quality window. DIY-ers are often not the best qualified to properly install replacement windows. Even experienced general contractors may not be familiar with the best methods for window installation, which could lead to problems down the road.
In addition, there can often be serious concerns regarding manufacturer warranties for self-installed windows, as many manufacturers require professional installation. In other words, your window warranty may be voided if you treat window replacement as a DIY project. To ensure that your replacement windows and doors are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and our guarantee, we recommend having us help with the entire process from product selection through final installation. We think you’ll find that the cost of professional window installation is money well spent!