Avoiding the Risks of DIY Window Installation

We Coloradans are famous for our self-reliance — maybe it’s the lingering pioneer spirit, but we always take pride in what we’re able to achieve on our own. So when it comes to home improvements, it’s no surprise that Colorado homeowners like to take on tasks ourselves. However, that pride can sometimes cloud our better judgment — did you know that in 2019 alone, home improvement projects gone wrong led to 750K emergency room trips? Luckily you don’t have to put yourself in harm’s way! When it comes to major home reno undertakings — like replacing windows — some risks are better left in the hands of the trusted professionals at Gravina’s®. Read on for tips to help you make an educated decision when it comes to protecting your health and avoiding the most common dangers of DIY window replacement.

When To Replace

Modern windows generally have a lifespan of 15-20 years, but can begin to deteriorate much more quickly depending on craftsmanship, materials, and weather conditions. If you notice a draft emitting from small and sometimes unseen gaps or a weakened frame, that’s a sure sign your windows aren’t performing as they should. If you see fog or condensation forming between glass panes, this indicates a broken seal — which means the entire frame needs to be removed and replaced. 

Every homeowner will eventually find themself in this position, and it can be tempting to cut costs by fixing the problems yourself. Not so fast! Responsible window replacement requires a high-quality contractor who is professionally certified in installation, as untrained installation will affect how well the windows — and your home itself — will function. 

Poor Installation

Did you know that windows are responsible for managing at least 30% of your home’s energy use? While a poorly-installed window will affect energy retention, what most self-installers fail to recognize is how easy it is to make a mistake when attempting the process yourself. The most common error is sealing the window poorly — as poor caulking risks damaging the interior of your home, rotting the internal frame, and inviting drafts to leak into the room. A proper seal must be measured and installed down to 1/8th of an inch to work correctly, and proper caulking requires a level of craftsmanship and patience that can be difficult for even the most skilled weekend warrior. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that homeowners spend somewhere between $125 to $465 per year due to poorly-insulated windows, a frustrating expense that Gravina’s can help you easily avoid. With energy costs on the rise, why risk your wallet and your family’s comfort by doing it yourself?

Time Management

As a self-installer, you may already be handy with a hammer. You may have even performed a few renovation jobs around the house and feel prepared to take on something more serious. What you likely don’t have, however, is the experience or education of a professional carpenter — and nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to time management. Window insulation is an incredibly disruptive task that leaves your home open and vulnerable to the elements, leading to further expensive energy loss. If you don’t know what you’re doing, self-installation can take twice the amount of time as it would for a professional installer. Instead of wasting your valuable time and resources on research and multiple inefficient trips to the hardware store, let the pros do what they do to ensure a quick and easy process.

Being a responsible homeowner means making thoughtful and educated choices for your home and family. This is why Gravina’s offers professional installation services for premium windows (and doors and siding!) throughout Colorado’s Front Range. Want a free estimate? Reach out today! We can’t wait to help you achieve the home of your dreams. 

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