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How messy is window replacement? DIY vs. professional window installation
August 6, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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Replacing a window in your home or business can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? And can you — or should you — attempt the job yourself?

Our team at Windows Interior is passionate about sharing our knowledge and ensuring that you end up with windows that function beautifully. Here are some things you should do if you suspect one of your windows needs replacing.

Don’t DIY

If you find yourself looking at your faulty window and thinking, “Just how messy is window replacement? I could do this myself,” we recommend that you take a step or two back. Replacing windows is typically a messy job, depending on what needs to be done.

Activities like cutting through sheetrock, dealing with insulation, sanding, and painting can leave behind dust and debris and may even cause damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Unfortunately, any damage you cause to your house won’t be covered by your homeowners insurance. Additionally, altering your windows on your own can void any existing warranty.

On top of the mess and potential damages, trying to DIY your windows can be dangerous. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself with a renovation gone wrong. The ultimate takeaway? Window replacement is best left to a professional.

Evaluate the state of your existing windows

Before committing to a potentially costly construction project, however, you may want to do some research to confirm whether you actually need a full window replacement. Unless they’re decades old and have never been repaired, your windows may have quite a bit of life left in them.

What’s the main issue with your window or windows? Are they letting drafts in or failing to keep it cool? Is nearby construction or traffic noise disrupting your day? Are they just really old? Hard to open and close? Or are they heavily damaged by water and rot?

Taking note of the exact condition of your windows and the issues you hope to solve will help you find a professional who can install new windows or recommend products to improve your existing ones.

Consider skipping a full window replacement

Replacing just one window can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the size and style. A sky-high estimate can make the idea of DIYing quite tempting, but don’t reach for the power drill just yet — we’ve got a better alternative in mind.

Interior window inserts may be just what you need to improve your windows. These custom inserts allow you to skip the cost of full replacement while enhancing the windows you already have. Whether you’re looking for better noise dampening, UV protection, or energy efficiency, our selection of Indow Window products can upgrade your space.

Another advantage is that interior window inserts won’t cause a mess. They’re custom made to fit windows of virtually any shape and size without the need for hardware, mounting brackets, or any construction time. That means you won’t have to worry about shifting furniture, protecting flooring, or dealing with a slow-moving HOA.

Request a professional quote

Replacing your windows doesn’t have to be a giant chore. If you're in the Greater Boston or Los Angeles areas, reach out to Windows Interior for a cost estimate, and we’ll make the process a breeze — starting with a free consultation. If we determine that Indow Window inserts are the best choice for your unique home or business needs, we’ll get those inserts custom made and installed for you. We’ll even show you how to remove and reinstall them as needed. That’s one thing you can absolutely do yourself!