«Could it be cheaper to install a new window by yourself?» – This question is asked by many who are faced with the need to replace windows in the house. Therefore, we decided to analyze in detail for you what tools are needed to replace a window, what nuances you must be aware about and tell our opinion on whether or not it is worth changing windows on your own.
What tool do you need to replace a window
Replacing windows occurs in two main stages. In the first step, you remove the old window and clean the surface. In the second step, you install a new window.
At each stage, you will need special tools.
- So, the first step is to remove the old window. To remove a window, you need a hammer, a wood chisel / mount, special equipment (glasses, gloves), and plastic wrap to protect the floor in the house.
- The second step is installing a new window. For this step, you will need additional tools such as: a cordless drill and screwdriver, a utility knife, a tripod, a hammer, a tape measure, a sealed gun.
How long does it take to replace a window?
A professional window contractor can change multiple windows in your home in a matter of hours without much effort. Self-installation of one window can take several hours, especially if you have never done this before. The fact is that the window contractor has already filled his hand, he masterfully works with all the tools. It is difficult for a non-professional to work with construction tools effectively
Cleaning of construction debris
In addition to the fact that window contractors work quickly, they also clean up construction debris after themselves. If you cooperate with professionals, you will not have to worry about garbage collection, everything will be taken out for you. If you do the repairs yourself, you will have to figure out the place where you are supposed to put the old window, you will have to take it to the landfill by yourself, because it cannot be put in a container with household waste.
A question of price
When you change a window, you will be required to pay for the cost of the window itself, the cost of tools and protective gear, and the cost of debris disposal. In addition, you may come across the challenge of spending your excess of free time on repairing, lack of technical and construction skills and experience might consume 4,5,6 hours or more on completion of the repair that would just take a couple of hours for the professionals to do the same.
Window contractors cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000, depending on the complexity of the project. If you want to install a window by yourself, you will need from 100 to 1000 dollars for a window or double-glazed window, depending on the complexity of the repair.
Self-installation of windows requires a lot of experience, the availability of special tools, the ability to use them, the time that you devote to the selection of materials, installation and garbage disposal.
We hope that the answer to the question: what is better to choose: to install windows on your own or with the help of a professional, has become clear to you.
Window contractors from Advance Roofing are professionals in their field. It is easy and pleasant to work with us, because we do our work with complete integrity, efficiently and fairly well on time. We look forward to installing new windows for you!