If you need window and door replacement in Charlotte, going the “Do-It-Yourself” route has probably at least crossed your mind. Especially if you’ve been given a high quote from a window and door company.
The thought of saving money on window and door replacement is appealing. (Plus, you won’t have strangers working in your home!) But window and door replacement are not simple home-improvement projects. If you “DIY,” you…
This is why the overwhelming majority of homeowners choose to have their windows and doors replaced by professionals—they want the highest quality and best value.
Let’s take a look at 5 problems homeowners who “DIY” window and door replacement often run into…
Let’s face it: Do you REALLY know what to look for in quality windows and doors?
You might think that the higher the price, the better the quality. But that’s not always the case. Some windows and doors are overpriced because they have a “prestige” brand name, though they are no better than windows and doors for substantially less cost. It’s like Toyota and Lexus—a Lexus costs MUCH more. But in head-to-head tests, Toyotas demonstrate the same exact quality (and for a substantially lower price).
Also, not every window and door is right for every home. Everyone has different needs when it comes to energy efficiency, functionality, and style. So what may work for one homeowner may be completely wrong for another. A professional window and door company will guide you through the selection process to find the right products. If you’re on your own, you have to sort through dozens and dozens of brands… AND figure out which energy options you need.
What’s more, many of the best replacement windows and doors in Charlotte can’t be found at big-box stores like The Home Depot and Lowe’s. While you canfind well-known brands at big-box stores, you’re not getting access to most of the options on the market.
Think of it this way. If you want to buy a mountain bike, you can go to a place like Wal-Mart or a specialty bike shop. Wal-Mart may have a few “okay” options… but if you want to get the best of the best, you have to go to the specialty bike shop. Not only will there be a better selection of high-quality mountain bikes, but you’ll also have the professional assistance to help you choose the best one for YOUR needs.
It goes without saying, but the installers at window and door companies are professionals. They get paid to replace windows and doors for a living—it’s what they dedicate their work life to. They have thousands of hours of experience replacing windows and doors.
That’s not an insult—it’s simply the truth. Think about YOUR job. If someone with ZERO experience tried to do it—even if they’d undergone the proper company training—how do you think it would go that first day? Not well. That’s because NOTHING is a better teacher than actual experience.
Sure, when replacing your own windows and doors, you can read books, watch YouTube videos, and consume the manufacturer instructions cover to cover. But actually PERFORMING the replacement is a completely different animal.
The typical window-replacement project takes the pros only one to two days (for about 10 windows). Entry door replacement usually take less than a day’s worth of work. This fast turnaround is possible because the installers are trained professionals who know how to install windows and doors quickly, efficiently, and without sacrificing quality.
If you’ve never replaced windows and doors, you have to do hours upon hours of research just to learn the basics. And when it comes time to actually replace the windows or doors, it’ll take you at least three to four times as long as the pros. That’s only natural—you’ve never done this type of thing before!
Think back to point #2. How much longer would it take a brand-new hire to do your job?
When you “DIY” your window and door replacement, you sacrifice the labor warranty that comes with hiring a company to perform the project for you. This means you pay for any installation issues out of pocket. If an installation company makes a mistake, the warranty covers the cost to fix the problem.
Compounding the problem is that there is a greater chance for an installation issue when you replace your windows and doors yourself (see #2 and #3).
Replacing your own windows and doors is cheaper up front than hiring a company to replace them for you. But “DIY” window and door replacement can end up costing you more in the long run.
As mentioned earlier, “DIY” window and door replacement runs a greater risk of an installation issue. And since you don’t have a labor warranty, you must pay out of pocket to fix problems.
The other issue is that “DIY” installation could likely result in worse energy efficiency. This has been mentioned a few times, but a professional window and door installer is 100 times better at replacement than the average homeowner. When homeowners replace their own windows and doors, they often leave gaps between the window/door and the frame, which allows for air leaks.
There are circumstances in which going the “DIY” route can be a good option. For example: If you need to replace only one window on the ground level, “DIY” can be the way to go. Many window companies won’t come out to replace a single window—they typically have a three-window minimum.
In this case, it could be worth it to perform the replacement yourself, rather than hiring a guy off Craigslist or getting your brother’s friend’s uncle to do it. Why? 1) It won’t take you too long or cost you that much; 2) you’ll learn a new skill; 3) you can fix mistakes relatively quickly and cheaply since it’s only one window. Just be sure to do your homework before attempting the replacement.
When it comes to window and door replacement in Charlotte, the highest quality and best value comes from hiring a company to handle the installation.
If the cost of replacement is a reason you’re considering “DIY,” request a 5-minute online quote from us before making a decision. Our lack of a sales process means we have lower overhead than other window and door companies. As a result, we sell and install superior, lifetime-guaranteed replacement windows and doors for truly reasonable prices. We also offer excellent financing to help you get the best windows and doors for a comfortable monthly payment.