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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

"Renewal was fantastic! They kept you in the loop from ordering to installation. They informed you at every step of the process of what was happening. The installers were kind, courteous, and professional. Everything was cleaned up after the installation. It was as if they hadn't been there except to see your beautiful new windows. I highly recommend them."

Angie Klevorn
Nov 21, 2023

"3rd time using RBA for window replacement. Again, a very positive experience, the windows are great, the installation was done right, the professionalism was apparent from start to finish. Still have existing windows to be replaced and will definitely use RBA again to do it in the future."

Doug Dick
Nov 21, 2023

"Renewal by Andersen was a good experience for us in replacement of our windows. From the initial meeting with the sales representative, Leslie, through the waiting period for manufacturing, and then to the installment process, our experience was excellent! Communication is key for me and we were kept informed and updated as our windows were being ordered and manufactured. Calls to update us on the installation process were welcomed and appreciated. They know how much is too much so they don't pester you with unnecessary contact. We love our new windows!!! Did I say that already??😂 We can tell a major difference in reduced Street noise and also the temperature at our windows. Excellent company, highly recommend!!"

Paula Null
Nov 15, 2023

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