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Do Professional Window Installers Actually Produce Better Results?

Homeowners may wonder if they can reduce costs by installing new windows on their own, or if it is preferable to hire a professional to take care of it. People who flip houses are often more confident in their installation abilities, but while it may be initially less expensive for them to “do it yourself”, there can be many hidden challenges, and costs that occur down the line when professional sub-contractors are not involved.

Why Go Pro?

  • Maintain Efficiency

When being installed, windows must be properly set, insulated, waterproofed and sealed to prevent any gaps, cracks or openings that would allow for the transfer of outside air into the home. This also prevents any water seepage or leaks which can rot the structure of your home and create dangerous mould.

  • Equipment and Safety

Installing windows requires some specialized equipment and materials that the homeowner would have to invest in themselves in order to ‘DIY’ the installation, which is particularly true for the installation of any windows above ground level. There are also safety issues inherent in an upper-level installs that professionals are trained to mitigate, and also have insurance to protect against – for both the workers and the windows themselves. A professional installer will have the tools and the know-how to get the job done properly and safely.

  • Save Time

Replacement window installations can take professionals between 2 and 6 hours per window on the ground floor, depending on their size and shape. This time would obviously be increased for upper level installations. When it takes professionals this much time to complete the job, homeowners or house flippers can expect to spend a significant amount more. As the old saying goes, ‘time is money’, and gong with a pro for a window installation can save both.

  • Clean Up and Removal

Many reputable installation companies’ prices include clean up and removal after the installation, which homeowners may forget to factor into their budget. Window glass cannot be recycled like regular glass can and the frames are often too large for garbage pickups, and so their disposal often poses additional costs for do-it-yourself-ers who need to hire a dumpster or bin to dispose of them safely. A professional window installation company will have the equipment and experience to safely remove old windows, leaving your property looking pristine directly after installation.

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A window’s warranty may be voided if it is installed by anyone other than the supplier or one of their accredited and approved installation partners. If a homeowner improperly installs a window and it loses its seal or water seeps in and causes damage, they will likely be on the hook for the replacement cost. This also holds true for insurance – if a window is broken during a non-professional install, the owner would need to replace the window out of their own pocket, rather than it being taken care of by the installer’s insurance. In fact, many installers offer a guarantee on their job that adds more time to the warranty provided by the window manufacturer. Those who choose to do the installation themselves lose out on this added benefits that protect the investment just made.

  • Insurance Protection

Similar to warranty protection, having windows professionally installed can protect you in any insurance claims you may need to make down the line. If a storm damages or dislodges a window causing flooding or structural damage, many insurers will dispute the damage claim if the window wasn’t installed by a professional. By using an accredited company homeowners can make sure this never happens to them.

While installing new or replacement windows themselves may seem like a money-saving move for many homeowners, the long term costs far outweigh the short term savings they will see. New windows are an investment just as much as their property was, and it is important to protect that investment with all the preventative measures that a professional installer allows.

A home’s windows should be replaced every 15-20 years to keep up with current industry-regulated energy-efficiency requirements and avoid damage to the home. Replacing windows for ones made with modern materials allows a homeowner to reduce expensive energy bills decrease the wear and tear on their heating and cooling systems.  

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Homeowners may wonder if they can reduce costs by installing new windows on their own, or if it is preferable to hire a professional to take care of it. People who flip houses are often more confident in their installation abilities, but while it may be initially less expensive for them to “do it yourself”, there can be many hidden challenges, and costs that occur down the line when professional sub-contractors are not involved.

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