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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

"Scheduled for December, Installed in October, High quality windows and Excellent install team. I haven't seen people work together like that in years. I am definitely impressed."

Raymond Mills
Oct 13, 2022

"The service provided by Renewal by Anderson is great, both on the sales and the installation side. Our sales representative was very accommodating and helpful. The installation crew was efficient and they all were professional. These are really nice windows and a great upgrade especially from builder-grade windows."

Brad Allen
Nov 17, 2022

"It is great to do business with a company that still cares about what they do and respects the end goals. We appreciate your craftsmanship professionalism, and cannot say enough about the wonderful experience. It was clear from the onset of the installation we got the A Team and we certainly appreciate that."

1speedwagon
Nov 17, 2022

"Everyone I worked with from setting up the initial appointment to the salesman to the installers to everyone who checked on us and kept us updated on the progress of the windows was courteous, professional, and responsive. There’s always someone who is willing to answer your question without jumping through hoops which is rare these days! The installers were on time, did a beautiful job, cleaned up the space better than I expected, and even helped me with some blinds I couldn’t remove and fixed my squeaky front door! I’ve already recommended Renewal by Anderson to friends!"

Karen Mortillaro
Nov 19, 2022

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