Nov 16, 2016

Six Ways Installing Your Own Windows Can Backfire

The adage “A penny saved is a penny earned” can be a wise mindset to adopt in many areas of your life.  However, attempting to take on a project outside of your skill set can leave you terribly disappointed.  If you’ve ever been tempted to install windows in your home without professional training, there are some potential risks you need to be aware of.

Lead Hazards: Opening and closing windows in homes that were built prior to 1978 can disturb the lead based paint surrounding the windows.  This agitation can disperse lead paint particles into the air that may be too small for the naked eye to detect.  If they are inhaled, serious side effects such as brain &kidney damage, hearing and vision impairment, nerve problems, and reproductive issues can occur.  Contracting with an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Contractor is a step you can take to keep your family safe during a window project.window

Warranty Issues: In order to ensure proper functionality, new windows should be installed so they sit level and have an adequate moisture barrier.  Care must also be taken to properly seal them off so that outside air does not filter in.  While window manufacturers have warranties for product failure, they will not provide a replacement for a product that was installed incorrectly.

Compromised Security: Incorrectly installed windows can provide an easy way for burglars to gain access to your home, particularly if the seal is loose.  Rendering the services of a reputable general contractor that regularly installs windows will minimize the probability of future problems.

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Time Commitment: Contractors that specialize in window installation have their process down to a science.  If you’re a first-timer, you’ll need to carve out a significant amount of time for each window, as the process is thorough.  In the event that you get stuck and have to wave the white flag, it will be extremely difficult to find a reliable professional that can drop everything and make it to your house on the same day to help.  In the meantime, your home is left vulnerable to nature’s elements.

Mistakes Add Up: The most expensive home improvement is the one you pay for twice.  In the event that you botch your own installation, you may have end up having to pay a professional to fix your mistakes.  Not only that, but incorrect installation can allow outside air to filter into your home, causing your utility bill to skyrocket.

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"Really great service and products. The installers were superior in all respects and windows are amazing."

Mike W.
Richfield, MN
March 5, 2020

"Pete and I were extremely happy with the work and the quality of the windows. It was also reassuring to hear the building inspector state he would only consider 2 contractors to work on his house, and Lindus was one of them! In fact he has already contracted with you for new siding on his house next summer."

Merilee F.
Forest Lake, MN
January 28, 2020

"Customer service and great products were the reason I chose Lindus!  They proved it today came out fixed the track in the window that I goofed up. And took the time to explain what I did wrong and how to fix if I happen to do it again. Thank you, Sam."

Mike B.
Robbinsdale, MN
February 26, 2020

"Service has been excellent."

Ted R.
Circle Pines, MN
January 27, 2020

"I just had a beautiful SeasonGuard bay window installed by Lindus and a bedroom window.  I have Chris coming out this coming week and he's going to measure for the other window in the living room.  I'm so pleased; I love both the interior and the exterior.  The main thing is that it's kept all of this cold air out this winter.  Thank you so much!"

Lynette T.
Columbia Heights, MN
January 18, 2020

"Lindus Construction did a great job installing our windows in our home. All their employees are very professional and knowledgeable. It was a great experience working with Lindus Construction. I would recommend them for all your home projects."

Jim D.
Andover, MN
May 21, 2019
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