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DIY: Can I Replace My Own Windows?

DIY: Can I Replace My Own Windows?
By johncal Jan 07, 2019


Everyone wants to shave money off home improvement projects. The more work you put in yourself, the less you’ll have to pay for. However, your Renton, WA windows should be installed by a professional.  

Replacing your windows is a major, but necessary project. Older windows especially need to be replaced. They’re not as durable or as energy efficient as the ones produced today. Unfortunately, there’s no way to skimp on this. Poorly installed windows can damage the frame of your home.  

It’s Difficult 

There are different kinds of windows depending on what you need. Brand new windows in a fresh construction project are one type. Replacement windows are another. If you’re not an expert, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two.  

Even if you know what kind of window you need, finding it won’t be easy. Very few companies sell windows directly to homeowners. The project is simply too enormous for most people to tackle on their own.  

Window replacements aren’t cheap. By choosing the DIY route you’ll be saving on labor costs but you won’t necessarily be saving money on the final price. Afterall, your time has value. If you devote yourself to properly installing your windows, you’ll have to spend a lot of time on the work. That’s not free.  

Side Work  

Replacing your windows seems simple on the surface. Just pop out the old one and install a new frame. However, that’s not quite how it works. Professional window installers often engage in side work like installing cladding. It protects against the elements and can be designed so it matches the color of your windows.  

You Need Tools  

Unless you’re a professional contractor, you probably don’t have the tools required to complete the job. Going out to buy them will be a hassle. The whole point of choosing the DIY route is to save yourself money. If that doesn’t happen, there’s no reason not to hire a professional. 

You Need Time  

How long do you want to spend working on this project? A professional window company can often complete the work within two days. That means you’ll face minimum disruption in your life.  

Do you really want to devote your precious free time to hard labor? If you start the project only to realize that it’s too much, you can call a professional to complete the work for you.  


As a homeowner, you have freedom. You’re not bound by a rule dictating that you hire a professional team when you replace your windows. However, you should keep in mind that this is probably the easiest method.  

Searching for a team to install your Renton, WA windows doesn’t have to be stressful. At Everlast Window and Door, we understand what you’re looking for. You want to work with a professional team that knows what they’re doing. Come down to our showroom at 3829B S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA 98118 or give us a call at (206) 722-3303. We would love to answer questions you may have.  


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