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5 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN TACKLING WINDOW REPLACEMENT

A window replacement project doesn’t share the same potential issues as more disruptive home improvements, but it’s not that easy either. One mistake can render installation a disaster. To ensure its success, here are the things you should avoid:

5 Things Avoid Tackling Window Replacement

1. Trying to Be the Hero

Most home remodeling companies, including Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis, don’t recommend DIY window replacement for different reasons. One, it’s a highly technical job that’s usually beyond the skill set of amateur handymen. Two, handling units with large glass can be hazardous. Three, a botched job would most likely void the product warranty.

Whatever your motivation for wanting to do it yourself, DIY’s perceived advantages wouldn’t outnumber and outweigh the merits of professional workmanship.

2. Assuming Your Project Won’t Be Over-Budget

When buying windows as well as doors, always set aside 20% of the project total for contingencies. Several circumstances, such as inclement weather and unforeseen structural damage, might require the need for change orders. If your budget can’t absorb any additional work, delays are bound to happen.

3. Overlooking Long-Term Costs

In home improvement, there’s no such thing as a one-off expense. Everything needs maintenance, and maintenance costs money. It pays to invest in a decay-resistant material, like Fibrex®, to skip costly, periodic painting and scraping.

4. Ignoring All Intangibles

Maintenance isn’t the only intangible that comes with window replacement. Anticipate the possible drawbacks of your design decisions to mitigate their effects. For instance, large windows can capture expansive views, but they might allow excessive solar heat gain with the wrong glazing system.

5. Failing to Consider Local Building Codes

Using windows inconsistent with the latest building codes would make your home less safe, especially during a fire, and force you to redo everything. For example, casement windows are generally recommended for bedrooms and finished basements because they provide maximum access. Other windows might not be suitable for egress and ingress.

Let Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis help you plan your project properly to tackle window replacement without regret. Call us at (314) 310-3636 to schedule your FREE consultation and estimate in St. Louis, MO, or any nearby areas.

Reviews

"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a company. I ordered the windows in November and was told they wouldn't be here until July. That kind of delay the new norm so I wasn't a bit upset with the timeline. I was given an early present when they called to say the windows would be in at the beginning of May. We agreed on the week of May 16th to do the installation, there were 30 windows and a sliding door to install. They arrived promptly on their scheduled install date, and got straight to work. By the end of day one, they had all the upstairs windows complete and their work was incredible. Day two came with more of the same, the crew showed up promptly, got straight to work, and when they left they had every window downstairs installed. The third day they again arrived on-time, and got to work installing the door. The door and windows are perfectly installed. The two lads that did the installation did a phenomenal job, and were friendly to boot. I would give them more business if I had any :) The service I received from the company was great. They kept me abreast of anything that was going on with my order. I appreciate my concierge, Christina, she was good at communicating timelines and getting everything scheduled."

Lane Maxwell
Jun 28, 2022

"The two installers were great! They were polite and hard working and they cleaned up all the outside and inside. It was like they were never here. As for the windows, I love them, not only looks great, they are efficient. Now every window in my home has Renewal by Anderson."

Mark Palsgrove
Jun 23, 2022

"We had the pleasure recently of having Andersen replace all of our windows. From the very first interaction with the office personnel through the completion of the project, they have been nothing but professional. From Brian our sales rep to Christina the appointment scheduler, they were a pleasure to interact with. Installers Keith, John, and Evan were fantastic to work with. They went above and beyond to repair an area which was slightly damaged during the removal of a window...caulked and painted it. They took extra precaution to ensure the floors were covered while working inside and cleaned up each day inside and out. We love the look of our new windows and can't wait to enjoy the savings in utilities they'll provide. Thanks so much Renewal by Andersen!!"

Kevin Corrigan
Jun 15, 2022

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