So you want to install replacement windows on your own? That is certainly an option. The process is relatively straightforward, but there are several factors you should consider when deciding to install replacement windows.
We’ll discuss several factors including:
- Evaluating the project before you commit
- How to measure replacement windows
- How to measure sliding patio doors
- How to order replacement windows
- Selecting replacement window options
- Typical cost of replacement windows
- Removing old wood windows
- Removing old metal windows
- Removing old vinyl windows
- Removing sliding patio doors
- Using foam insulation around the new windows
- Installing windows into a wood frame
- Installing windows into a drywall pocket
- Installing sliding patio doors
- Will your old blinds fit with your new windows?
- Capping or exterior trim
- Finishing details & adjustments
- Replacement window warranty and manufacturer service
Some people think they’re going to save a fortune when they install replacement windows on their own. The amount of money you may save on your project very much depends on how you value your time. There is also a certain personal satisfaction that comes from completing a home improvement project and that has value as well.
It is not uncommon to find a solid company that will install efficient vinyl windows for around $300-$400 per window. On your own you can probably purchase custom made energy efficient vinyl windows at a cost of $200-$300 so there certainly are savings to be had. Replacement window prices can vary quite a bit, but you’ll find prices are often not directly related to quality.
When considering the options remember that a professional installation team can install 10-20 windows in a day complete with caulking and exterior trim or capping. A typical do it yourself project will be much slower.
If your expected cost savings is about $100 per window, you can only install 2 windows per day and you only have time for the project on the weekends, you would take 5 weeks and 5 consecutive weekends to install 20 windows. In addition you probably don’t have the equipment to install the exterior trim or capping. WIth some bad weather or other delays the project could easily take 2 months. A professional team could knock that project out in a day or two and you can spend your weekends on something else.
Should you install replacement windows on your own? That’s completely up to you. If you decide to go for it, we’ll be glad to help out. Keep an eye on the posts linked above. We’ll continue to add more information along with pictures and descriptions. If you have any questions or if you’d like any more info just let us know.
I love spending my weekends taking things apart and figuring out how to put them back together. If you decide to go for it we’ll do everything we can to help.