DIY or Call a Pro? How to Replace a Window That’s Damaged

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If your windows are letting a bit too much of the outdoors in, it may be time to replace them. But, barring any broken glass, it can be tough to decide whether you need new panes or if your old ones need a little TLC.

Think you might need new windows but aren’t entirely sure? We’re here to help!

Here’s everything you need to know about when you should replace a window, how to replace a window, and when to call in a pro to take on the job for you.

Repair or Replace?

While it can be pretty easy to tell the difference between a window you can fix and one you need to replace, there are a few factors you need to consider before making your final decision.

If your window is not as good at blocking out outdoor temperatures as it once was, then there’s a good chance the sealant is failing. Fortunately, resealing your windows is a relatively simple task you can knock out by yourself in a weekend. That said, if your windows are older, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model for the sake of energy efficiency.

If your window is not as good at blocking out outdoor temperatures because something shattered the glass, you’re more than likely looking at needing a full replacement no matter what. However, if you have specialty or antique panes, you may be able to get the glass replaced.

How to Replace a Window Yourself

If you decide that you need to replace your windows and want to take a crack at installing them yourself, it may surprise you to learn that replacing windows is a straightforward process. However, that’s assuming you want to install windows that are the same size and shape as the ones you’re removing.

Your first step will be to remove the windows you plan on replacing carefully. Then make sure the hole is still level and measure it to ensure your replacements will fit.

Dry fit the new windows with shims to get the proper fit. Once you’re sure you have the right fit, remove the window again, and apply caulk to the sill. Then, put the window back in place, and secure it with the mounting screws.

Finally, test the window to make sure everything is sound, then seal it up with more caulk and finish it off with the trim.

When to Call the Pros

Just because you can replace a window yourself, that doesn’t mean you always should. Replacing a window can be a challenging physical task that sometimes requires a bit of specialized expertise. After all, there’s a reason there are entire companies that specialize in this field.

So, how can you tell when you should skip the DIY and pass the task off to a professional?

Homeowners should leave specialty windows, oversized windows, and windows in difficult-to-reach areas to experts. Trying to mount an extra-large window or a window that’s high off the ground can be surprisingly dangerous. So, to reduce the risk to yourself, your home, and your brand-new window, you may want to call someone in who has the tools and experience necessary to take on the job.

On top of that, if you have any reservations about your ability to mount replacement windows, there’s no harm in playing it safe and calling in a pro. They’ll be able to make sure the job gets done right the first time, saving you time and potentially a little money.

Fixing Broken Windows

Now that you know how to replace a window or when to call in a pro to do it for you, it’s time to make your decision.

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