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:
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) 332-2364 to schedule your FREE consultation and estimate in St. Louis, MO, or any nearby areas.