Home Improvement: The Downsides of DIY Door and Window Installation

Home Improvement: The Downsides of DIY Door and Window Installation
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    Most people strive to be the best they can be.

    One good way to achieve this is to learn a variety of skills, so when you need something done you won't need to hire someone else to do it for you.


For instance, if you need to have a door or window installed, you won’t need to call an installer if you have the necessary skills to do it on your own. Right? Not always.

Unfortunately, doing things on your own isn’t always the best course to take. There are situations where you would be better off hiring a qualified contractor to do the job, regardless if you are handy with your hands.

The Downsides of DIY Door and Window Installation

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1: Replacement Doors and Windows That Fit are Hard to Find in Stores.

If you were to manufacture your own door or window, or purchase a product from an unknown manufacturer that doesn’t offer a warranty, then there shouldn’t be too much of a risk if you were to install the products on your own. However, if you intend to buy a quality product that includes a warranty from one of the top manufacturers, you might want to consider hiring an installer that is certified by the manufacturer.

One of the reasons is because it is difficult to find ready-to-install replacement windows and doors that actually fit. The majority of the products you can find in stores will require a bit of adjustment or realignment to ensure a perfect fit. If you do this on your own, you might not have the necessary skills to complete it perfectly. There’s a good chance that you’ll also be voiding the warranty of the product.

Moreover, by purchasing a product from a top manufacturer, you won’t need to worry about the product fitting. The manufacturer and the certified installer will do all of this for you.

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2: Loss of Warranty

Why should you be concerned about losing the warranty of the product? First, quality products don’t come cheap. You will need to make an investment in them. Your investment doesn’t just cover the quality of the materials and the expertise in manufacturing the product, but also the warranty. Therefore, if you lose the warranty, you might as well have just thrown half of your investment down the drain.

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Another reason why you wouldn’t want to void the warranty of a quality product, such as one made by Renewal by Andersen, is because their warranties are actually a great selling point. Should you decide to sell your home after the doors or windows are installed, then future buyers would be ecstatic to find out that the warranty for these items are transferrable.

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3: Inadequate Technical Knowledge.

We applaud any effort you’ve made to improve yourself, but let’s face it. Unless that effort included technical training to achieve a manufacturer’s certificate, then it is a bit incomplete. Not all products are the same. Therefore, if you’ve managed to install a window or door in the past, it won’t necessarily mean that you already have the ability to install a product made by a different manufacturer.

Always remember that the installation of the product will always depend on the product’s design. There are processes that need to be completed step-by-step or you risk damaging the product as well as voiding the warranty.

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4: Improper Disposal of Discarded Units and Materials.

While you may be thinking that it’s okay to throw away any discarded units or materials in a landfill, it’s actually not. There are items that have no business in a garbage dump, thus they need to be disposed of properly. If you do not know what these are, then it’s best that you let the professionals handle the job because you could be doing more harm than good, even if it is unintentional.


Even it if were possible to throw away old doors and windows in landfills, getting them there could be a bit of problem –problems that you won’t need to deal with if you hire a professional to do the job.

So, as you can see, DIY door window installation isn’t ideal for all situations. If the situation calls for a professional, then make sure you hire one, even if it costs you a bit more money. You can be certain that the additional costs of hiring professionals will outweigh all the problems that can creep up on you were you to do the job on your own.

About the Author
Kyle Hoffman is the Owner/President of Roofing & More, Inc., a local, family-owned company that has a deep commitment to providing homeowners in Northern Virginia with quality, affordable home improvements.  Kyle founded Roofing & More in 1993.  Together with a core of experienced employees, including his daughter, Roofing & More is a great team that is focused on making the home improvement experience enjoyable for customers.


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