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Understanding the Risks of Replacing Your Windows Yourself

Last updated 5 years ago

You may be ready to replace your home’s windows for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are redesigning the interior of your home, or maybe you’ve realized that new, energy-efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills. No matter why you’ve decided to purchase replacement windows, you should hire a professional contractor to install them. If you try to do the job yourself, you risk:

Measuring the Window Incorrectly
Windows do not come in standard sizes. They should be custom made for the unique openings you have in your home. Measurements for your new windows need to be precise and accurate to within millimeters. Professional window installers know how to accurately measure your home for new windows because they have completed the process for many customers before.

Damaging Your Home’s Siding
Before a new window can be installed, your existing windows must first be removed. During this process, it is easy to dent the siding on your home or damage the paint, especially if you don’t have any experience doing home remodeling yourself. Reputable window contractors take care to protect your home’s interior and exterior during the removal process.

Breaking the Window Glass
Depending on the size of the windows you require, you may not be able to fit the new panes in your vehicle. And even if you have a van or pickup truck, the inevitable turns and bumps of the drive home could easily damage the fragile glass, especially if you attempt to transport more than one window at a time.

Improperly Installing the Window
You cannot simply set the window in the frame. For a square fit, the frames must be leveled and shimmed. Also, you need proper insulation around the frames to ensure that no air leaks out around them.

The professional window contractors at Progressive Insulation & Windows have installed windows for satisfied homeowners in Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, and other Southern California cities. For more information on our professional window services, including warranties on parts and labor, call us today at (818) 709-0988.


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