Weekend warrior types know that with proper knowledge and skill, anyone can do a job that someone has already done once. And this principle definitely applies to the home renovation, restoration, and upgrading process. Whether you’ve decided you’re capable of replacing a lighting fixture, installing a new toilet, or tearing down a wall to create the open concept floor plan you crave, there’s a lot you can do on your own to improve the state of your home and increase the value without spending undue money on a paid labor force. So when it comes to installing new windows in your home, you might be gung-ho to do the job yourself. And it can definitely be done. But you might need a bit of help in the way of tips and tricks from those who have done it before. Here are a few DIY home window installation guidelines to get you started.
- Know what windows you have. It’s important to understand that there are a wide variety of windows currently in homes, spanning decades of architecture and design, as well as various levels of quality, durability, cost, and more. Before you get started with replacement, it pays to know what kind of windows are currently ensconced in your home. If, for example, you have a hundred-year-old house, you might be torn between restoring the current windows (simply installing new glass and replacing damaged framing) and installing something newer that will offer energy efficiency but won’t match the style of the structure. When you know where you’re starting from you can make a decision that meets both your aesthetic and budgetary needs.
- Consider what windows you want. Why are you replacing your windows in the first place? Are they old and outdated? Are they falling apart? Do they lack the energy efficient quality you crave? Do they fail to meet your stylistic preferences? You need to consider what you want and what you don’t want before you begin the installation process. This will help you to plan accordingly, save money in the long run, and achieve the look you want for your home.
- Watch online tutorials. You could take a class to learn how to install windows. Or you could buy a manual. But these days the internet provides an expedient alternative to these old-school methodologies. By searching for appropriate video tutorials created by experts in their field, you can learn how to install windows step-by-step, avoiding the many mistakes that the average, ignorant homeowner might otherwise make.
- Purchase appropriate tools and gear. Before you get started, you need to make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need to get the job done. Some may be available for rent at your local hardware store, or you might even be able to get these venues to do some of the work for you, cutting wood and glass so you don’t have to. But you also need to get proper safety gear (goggles, face mask, gloves, etc.) so that you can avoid harm if at all possible during your window installation project.
- Ask for help. Eventually, you may have to concede that you don’t know what you’re doing. At that point you should definitely ask for help. Whether you call in a contractor to help you finish the job or you simply ask the experts at Lyndhurst Lumber Inc or your local glass outlet to give you some advice, there are plenty of professionals that can pass along their knowledge so that your windows get installed correctly.