We advise CAUTION…
There are several common mistakes made by homeowners who embark upon do-it-yourself projects involving windows. While today’s replacement windows are decidedly easier to install than the models of yesteryear, making even a simple installation error can result in lost money and wasted time. Those considering windows in their home without engaging a professional to complete the job may wish to consider the following:
Cost Versus Quality
Although cost is a major factor with regard to any home improvement project, one should never fall into the trap of choosing a replacement window based on its price alone. The initial cost of the window should be reasonable; however, one must also give careful consideration to the window’s overall energy efficiency, maintenance, cleaning costs, and the expected longevity of the model chosen. For instance, an expensive model that will last many years and is maintenance free is a better choice than a cheaper model that must be painted every year and wears out after a few harsh winters. Choosing a window based on cost alone results in a host of undesirable situations for the homeowner. These include energy loss, maintenance problems, short window life, and possible compromised security in the home.