The adage “A penny saved is a penny earned” can be a wise mindset to adopt in many areas of your life. However, attempting to take on a project outside of your skill set can leave you terribly disappointed. If you’ve ever been tempted to install windows in your home without professional training, there are some potential risks you need to be aware of.
Lead Hazards: Opening and closing windows in homes that were built prior to 1978 can disturb the lead based paint surrounding the windows. This agitation can disperse lead paint particles into the air that may be too small for the naked eye to detect. If they are inhaled, serious side effects such as brain & kidney damage, hearing and vision impairment, nerve problems, and reproductive issues can occur. Contracting with an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Contractor is a step you can take to keep your family safe during a window project.
Warranty Issues: In order to ensure proper functionality, new windows should be installed so they sit level and have an adequate moisture barrier. Care must also be taken to properly seal them off so that outside air does not filter in. While window manufacturers have warranties for product failure, they will not provide a replacement for a product that was installed incorrectly.
Compromised Security: Incorrectly installed windows can provide an easy way for burglars to gain access to your home, particularly if the seal is loose. Rendering the services of a reputable general contractor that regularly installs windows will minimize the probability of future problems.
Time Commitment: Contractors that specialize in window installation have their process down to a science. If you’re a first-timer, you’ll need to carve out a significant amount of time for each window, as the process is thorough. In the event that you get stuck and have to wave the white flag, it will be extremely difficult to find a reliable professional that can drop everything and make it to your house on the same day to help. In the meantime, your home is left vulnerable to nature’s elements.
Mistakes Add Up: The most expensive home improvement is the one you pay for twice. In the event that you botch your own installation, you may have end up having to pay a professional to fix your mistakes. Not only that, but incorrect installation can allow outside air to filter into your home, causing your utility bill to skyrocket.