DIY vs. Professional Installation: What You Need to Know About Installing Impact Windows
Replacing your old windows with impact windows offers amazing benefits, including safeguarding your family and property, enhancing aesthetics, and reducing insurance costs. Next up - the installation! But should you do it yourself or hire a professional installation company? Make sure to know the following factors before making a decision.
Do you have the expertise and skill to install impact windows properly? The process may be more complicated than you think. It involves removing the existing window and placing a pressure-treated buck frame in place of the old one.
You also have to measure and remeasure the dimensions to ensure the window fits the frame. And, of course, applying sealant and caulk to prevent air leaks and water infiltration. Unless you have expertise and are highly experienced, you won’t be able to install impact windows properly.
Reputable impact window companies stand behind their products and promise to repair or replace them if issues arise within the stipulated time. However, it is often a requirement that you use the manufacturer’s recommended screws and hire a professional for the installation for the warranty to remain valid.
The moment you attempt the installation yourself, the warranty becomes null and void. And if something goes wrong later, you’ll have to fix it out of your own pocket.
Impact windows often cost more than standard windows, as they offer extra protection. So you may want to save costs by opting for a DIY installation. However, things may go wrong during or after the installation.
To fix the damage, you may have to call a professional installer, leading to the project costing way more than if you hired a pro to do the job the first time.
Proper tools and equipment
Another thing to know before installing impact windows is that you need the right tools and equipment. If you don’t already have them, purchasing these tools will amount to additional expenses. If you attempt to install impact windows with the wrong tools, you could end up with damaged windows and potential safety issues.
Time and stress
Do you have the time to embark on a DIY installation? Even if you have enough time, can you withstand the associated stress? Tackling an impact window installation on your own takes considerable time, which you may not have.
A professional can complete the same installation in less time, and more efficiently. If you want to save time and prevent disruption to your daily routine, it’s best to hire a professional installer.
Permits and codes
Installing impact windows requires getting a permit. You also have to schedule an inspection after the installation. Another consideration is that your installation has to meet Florida’s building code. If you don’t get a permit or adhere to the code, you may be fined or told to tear down the project.
Protect your family, home, and wallet with professional impact window installation in Miami and Broward
While the cost savings of a DIY approach may be tempting, you want to ensure the installation is completed right the first time. The safer, more efficient, faster, and often cheaper option is to opt for a professional installation.
At Alcon Windows & Doors, we offer the most durable products and professional installation service, giving you peace of mind that your home, loved ones, and wallet are protected no matter what the weather brings. Get a free estimate today.