Jan 31, 2024

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.


Replacement window being installed by a Lindus Construction team member

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:

"Lindus is great! Their customer service is excellent! The windows fit perfectly in my condo in a building that is over a 100 years old. I am very pleased. You won’t be sorry to use Lindus."

Dyan M.
St. Paul, MN
December 15, 2023

"We had 20 windows replaced … we went with triple pane windows. Lindus did a great job for us. They were very efficient and cleaned up after the job was finished."

Gary Z.
Mendota Heights, MN
December 14, 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

"We had Matt Puhl come out and talk to us about some windows. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  Jake and Jim were the guys that came out and installed all of our windows and did a marvelous job. They were clean, courteous and took a lot of pride in their final product and it showed, so much in fact that I bought the guys lunch! I knew that Lindus was top quality products, what I didn't know was that it was such great service."

Jeremy J.
Hudson, WI
May 18, 2023

"Josh was here today and said the installers did a great job.  Looking forward to seeing you for the door estimate."

John R.
Bloomington, MN
February 2, 2023
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