Dec 31, 2019

Why Home Window Replacement Isn’t a DIY Project

Although the internet contains a wealth of information for homeowners looking to tackle their own home improvement projects, custom window installation is one that truly requires the touch of a quality contractor.  Here at Lindus Construction, our window installers do not toggle between departments.  Instead, their only task is to complete window replacement.  This is because there are so many ways the project can go sideways without the assistance of a contractor familiar with window construction.  

Below, are just a few issues that can arise when tackling this type of project on your own.

contractor installing replacement window

Incorrect Window Measurements:

Whether it’s negligent miscalculations or confusing how to get the most accurate measurements, homeowners often fall short because correct window measurements were never taken.  At times, homeowners believe that measurements can be taken of the current window.  This approach fails to take into consideration any dry rot not visible until the unit has been removed.  If custom windows have been ordered, it’s highly unlikely they can be returned.

Removing the Old Windows:

While this may seem like a straightforward endeavor, any damage done to the rough opening must be fixed for the new windows to be installed correctly.  Those removing old windows must also be cognizant of electrical wires and boxes.

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Air Leaks:

Even if you’ve selected a window line known for its quality, if the windows are installed incorrectly, it’s only a matter of time before air leaks ensue.  Contrary to popular belief, an expensive leak may not be glaringly obvious.  Unnoticed gaps cause air infiltration which will raise your energy bills add strain to your home’s furnace and air conditioner.  Leaks provide a gateway for traffic noises, insects, dust, and allergens to enter your home.

Operational Issues:

If there’s difficulty opening, closing, and latching a window immediately after replacement, the odds are that the replacement wasn’t completed correctly.  This can lead to notable adjustments needing to be made or the windows needing to be completely re-installed by a professional.




Lindus Construction team installing full frame replacement window

Warranty Concerns:

While major window manufacturers offer warranties for their products, they will not honor the warranties if the installation techniques vary from their specifications.  Quality window installers are well-versed in window installation techniques and offer workmanship warranties, protecting the homeowners in the event the product they installed fails due installer error.

Navigating Unanticipated Issues:

Not all window installation obstacles are known until the current window has been removed.  Reliable window contractors have the skillset to address dry rot, glass that breaks during installation, and adjustments needed when the window size varies from the rough opening.

It’s evident that window replacement is a task best left to the experts to ensure best results. The intricacies involved demand professional skill and experience to achieve long-lasting benefits for your home. Reach out to Lindus Construction today for a consultation, and let our experts guide you toward a seamless and efficient window replacement experience.

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Replacement Window Reviews:

"Our total experience with Lindus was amazing! Very responsive. Provided great egress windows at a reasonable price. Would use them again and recommend them to others."

Randy R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
July 25, 2023

"Everything was done in a very satisfactory manner."

Lowell G.
Lake Elmo, MN
July 5, 2023

"We hired Lindus to replace block windows at ground level. The workers were meticulous in doing the job right.  Very professionally done. We were very impressed with the customer service."

Elise B.
Prescott, WI
June 24, 2023

"It was great. Lindus does quality work and completed the work on time.  Lindus is a very reputable company and we were very pleased with the results."

Eric I.
Cumberland, WI
June 20, 2023

"Professional and courteous installment."

Daniel B.
Fridley, MN
March 20, 2023

"We live in an old house with old windows, including a large round window on the second floor that was leaking. We searched for 18 months for a company that would replace the round window and had no luck. The response was always that replacing it would be too hard and that they wouldn’t be able to guarantee the work. We were so relieved and happy to finally find Lindus. They replaced the round window and three other problem windows, including an old egress window.  We will definitely use Lindus Construction again for our old house needs."

Sharon L.
Minneapolis, MN
March 20, 2023
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