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.

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Erroneous 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.

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Here’s our team working on a full frame window installation project.

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.

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Replacement Window Reviews:

"This last horrible Minnesota winter was too much for our windows and gutters. We had Lindus install two beautiful SeasonGuard bay windows and new LeafGuard® gutters. In fact, we love our new windows so much that we have just ordered more windows! Everything from the salesman to the cleanup was done so professionally and everyone was so helpful and friendly. Thank you."

Karalee H.
Robbinsdale, MN
August 26, 2019

"Products are great.  The people that came to our home to install the windows and gutters were very nice and knowledgeable."

Kim T.
West St. Paul, MN
August 26, 2019

"I had the Marvin windows installed and I'll tell you they're better than Andersen.  The guys who put them in, Tony and Ryan, were excellent.  I'm going to go get some more windows from you as long as Tony and Ryan install them.  I'm very pleased."

Hugh J.
Deephaven, MN
August 7, 2019

"Installers were detailed oriented and did an excellent job."

Renee E.
Plymouth, MN
July 10, 2019

"All work was done by very polite workers.  I like the lifetime warranty .  This company, to me, is A+.  Everything was done as promised and they replace the whole window and frame instead of just putting insert windows in like their competitors do. And their competitors were more expensive for less value."

Mary S.
Roberts, WI
June 5, 2019

"We had many large, custom sized windows replace by Lindus. They were great through the entire process. They offered a comprehensive overview of the product and project as a whole, great financing, prompt installation, and a follow up visit after completion to ensure the quality of the workmanship. The installers called at the end of each day to provide a status update and cleaned up after themselves each day so that we had very little to do when they were finished. I would absolutely recommend Lindus for your window replacement project."


Tricia E.
Woodbury, MN
April 24, 2019
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