If you are a homeowner that needs your windows replaced, odds are you have encountered some misconceptions here and there. To help you navigate across what can be extremely confusing terrain, here is a list of common misconceptions about replacement windows.
This is a prevalent misconception. Many people think that replacing a window requires minuscule skills when the truth is actually more of the opposite. In reality, the more experience an installer has, the better. On that note, if this is your first time installing windows, you will want to recognize how crucial it is that you execute the procedure perfectly. A window that is not installed correctly will be drafty, leaky, and more prone to warping than one that is installed correctly.
This doesn’t mean that you should refrain from undertaking the project yourself, it is more to suggest that if you decide to take things into your own hands, it would be in your best interest to take some extra steps to make sure that all of your bases are covered–that includes talking to a professional and utilizing any insight they provide to your advantage. This will allow you to determine how suited you are for the project before you begin. If you decided that perhaps you are not as cut out for it as you thought you were. You still have the option of stepping aside and letting the professional handle it.
Here is another extremely common misconception. While vinyl is an extremely popular option for window replacement, there are definitely other materials you can use. For example, if the windows you want to replace happen to be wooden windows, you could opt to have them replaced with custom aluminum/wood-clad windows. These feature a wooden interior (though fiberglass is becoming increasingly popular) surrounded by either aluminum or vinyl and are convenient because they can be installed relatively easily.
I used to be one of these people. To me, window replacement was a daunting task that necessitated uprooting everything I was comfortable with in order to accomplish. In reality, many window replacement projects can be completed in a small number of days. Often without extensive modification to the interior of the home (or an accompanying headache). Some installers can replace your existing windows without tearing out any material from the walls.
If you have any questions about replacing your windows, do not hesitate to contact a professional today to inquire about what is required in order to replace windows at home. You may be surprised and feel more confident than you did, to begin with.