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Buying Windows Yourself vs. Hiring a Professional

Replacing old windows improves the look of your home, but that’s certainly not all. New windows can also reduce your heating and cooling bills, allowing them to pay for themselves over the coming years.

Installing new windows can be expensive, though. Should you take shortcuts and attempt to buy and install windows yourself? We wouldn’t recommend it, and here’s why.

Problems with Buying (and Installing) Windows Yourself

The one draw to buy your own windows is to save money. And it’s true, removing the window distributor from the picture costs less, at least up front. Unfortunately, there are many more problems with buying windows yourself that outweigh the cost savings:

  • You might end up buying the wrong size or type of window. It’s easy to make a mistake when windows aren’t your personal specialty.
  • You have a limited assortment of windows to choose from. Big box stores don’t carry as many options as a professional distributor. Plus, the options available may not be the highest quality, and certainly not as well made as professional-grade windows from Weather Shield and other brands available from Quality Window & Door.
  • You risk improper installation if you attempt the job yourself. Even if you’re a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer, your inexperience could leave you with leaky, inefficient windows that drive up your energy bills. Leaks may also allow water to infiltrate your home, causing more damage you have to pay a professional to repair.
  • You could void the warranty by attempting to install the windows yourself. Many manufacturers require installation by a qualified professional for the warranty to remain valid.

Why Hiring a Professional to Install Windows Is Better

The chance to save a buck on window installation may be tempting if you have experience as a handyman and a lot of free time to learn a new skill. However, it’s best to leave the job to a professional for many reasons:

  • Window dealers have access to a wide range of high-quality windows at wholesale prices, allowing them to offer better prices than retail stores. This means the money you think you’re saving by buying your own windows may not be as substantial as you think.
  • In the window installation business, professionals are required to be licensed and certified. This tells you the job is complex and not something a weekend warrior should attempt.
  • Choosing a professional is your chance to make a big change. If your tiny double-hung windows leak, you might want to install something other than tiny double-hung windows in their place. A professional can resize the opening and give you the chance to enjoy more of a view.
  • Window dealers have years of experience installing, replacing and repairing windows. You have the opportunity to ask personalized questions and receive professional tips you can implement right away.

Choosing a Professional

In the end, the hassle of buying windows yourself outweighs any cost savings you may experience. Of course, you don’t want to hire any old run-of-the-mill handyman to install your windows.

Seek quotes from several contractors and use price differences as your first point of comparison. Make sure any contractor you consider is licensed, insured and experienced with window installations. Read online reviews to compare each contractor’s customer satisfaction record. Finally, ask each contractor for referrals you can call with specific questions about the installer.

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When you’re ready to hire a professional window installer for your latest home upgrade, please contact Quality Window & Door for a free estimate. We serve the Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia area with top-quality windows and doors, and exceptional installation and repair services.

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