Problems with Window DIY installations

Problems with Window DIY installations

Windows are part of the building envelop system and may require installation or replacement. As a homeowner, you may prefer to DIY your window installations. This is a good thing if you have the skills to carry it out without problems. It may also be an issue if this is your first window installation project and you are not so sure on how to proceed. In this article, we will help you to identify some of the problems with DIY window installations. We will also help you to see the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing DIY window installations, and finally, you will learn what you should look out for, should you decide to hire a professional window installer.

Benefits of DIY Window Replacement

Save cost

One of the most popular reasons you may choose to DIY your window replacement project is because you want to save the cost of employing a professional window installer. While this is a laudable cost-saving measure, it is important that you know what you are doing. This means you have the requisite skills that actually defray the cost of employing a professional. 

Feeling of accomplishment

Doing a DIY window replacement successfully gives you a feeling of accomplishment that boosts your morale and enhances your confidence, especially if it was your first attempt and you go it right. 

While doing a DIY window installation is great, there are certain problems that also come with undertaking such a project.

Common Problems with Window DIY Installations

1. Bad Installation

Windows are an essential part of your home, therefore when they are badly installed they can cause a lot of problems. One of the more frequent problems with a poor window replacement is when it is out of square A window that is out of square will create openings that allow drafts into the home hence causing energy losses.

2. Damage

When DIYing a window replacement there is a possibility of damage due to a lack of sufficient knowledge on how to fit it. This often happens when the owner does not understand the instructions and hence resorts to forcing the windows into the frame, this may damage the windows or cause breakage. To avoid this, ensure that you read the installation manual and also study the diagrams before you start your project.

When thinking of replacing your windows, ascertain that your windows are the main cause of the issues you are having. For example, energy loss due to drafts may not be entirely caused by bad windows alone but also by other aspects such as a bad door installation or cracks in the building envelope. Here are some building envelope problems that can be attributed to window problems

Envelope Problems That Can Be Confused For Window installation Problems

1. Moisture in the wall

When a building envelop is compromised by water infiltration, it can be become moist and grow mold over time which is hazardous to health. While a window is sometimes a culprit for moisture entering the building envelope, it is not always the case, poor door or wall configuration can allow moisture in. Before you embark on window replacement, be sure the moisture is really coming from a leaky window and not from another source.

2. Poor planning

In new construction window installation you can purchase windows of any size and build the openings around the size of the windows you purchased. That's not the case with replacement window projects. In replacement window projects, the size of the windows you purchase should properly fit within the existing rough opening. Often homeowners and inexperienced contractors order windows that are too small. When the window is too small for the opening it is more likely to experience drafts and water leaks. 

Since DIY window replacements are often fraught with mistakes and may even cost more in the end. How do you know the best professional window installers and what to expect from their services? Here are some tips.

What You Can Expect From Professional Window Installation

1. Professional Knowledge.

A good window installation professional should have adequate knowledge of the window installation process, they should be able to explain what they are going to do to fix your window issues. They should also be able to diagnose your window defects and help you understand the benefits you will get after installation.

2. Quality materials

A professional window installer has access to good quality materials and would usually use materials that align with laid-down standards. This protects your warranty and ensures durability.

3. Skill Mastery

Professional window installers are usually well trained by certified instructors and have skill and craftsmanship that will not compare with any DIY installer, they also have tools and have mastered the art of installation and as such, they save you costly mistakes and time.

DIY Window installation is a worthy venture you should undertake as a homeowner if you feel that you have the proper expertise to successfully carry it out. However, it is important that you know the problems of DIY window installations as this will help you to weigh the pros and cons of either doing it yourself or hiring a professional that will save you time and cost. A well-fitted window not only enhances the value of your property but also reduces your energy bills.

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