The do-it-yourself movement continues to gain ground among homeowners for several reasons. These include the desire to save money on hiring skilled professionals to do the job and the desire to learn new skills, both of which are valid. But when it comes to the installation of vinyl replacement windows, it is best to get off the DIY bandwagon and leave it to the professional specifically your trusted Knoxville contractor.
The emphasis here is on a trustworthy professional in the contracting business. Admittedly, the industry has suffered via an unsavory reputation in the past years but not all Tennessee contractors are shady in their business practices and dealings. The trick is in looking for the most trustworthy contractor you can find and then sticking to him for future home improvement projects.
You are well-advised to do your research in finding the most trustworthy Knoxville contractor – ask around your family and friends, the local chamber of commerce, the local chapter of the industry organization and the State Licensing Board of Tennessee; secure at least 5 quotes for your planned installation of vinyl replacement windows from different contractors; and educate yourself on the terms and provisions of the contract.
When you have identified a Tennessee contractor that you can actually trust, your efforts will be well-rewarded. You may be paying for his services but you are also getting the best service – truly, a great value for your money.
But why hire a professional contractor to install the vinyl replacement windows when you can do it on your own? The reasons are many but suffice it to say that you can make so many mistakes during the installation, which will result to wasted time, effort and money. Of course, you will something along the way mainly that there are certain things that only your trusty Knoxville contractor can do and you cannot.
The most common mistakes that a DIY amateur can make in the installation of replacement windows include:
• Not using the right tools and techniques, thus, wasting many of the windows. The money wasted on the windows could have been used to pay the professional installer – and with less hassles on your part, too.
• Not using the right J-mold. Said mold creates a finished look for the vinyl replacement windows, not to mention allow for expansion in the future.
• Not using a level during the installation. You instead used the window as your level guide, which is a big mistake considering that these are not hung perfectly even.
• Not allowing for changes in the size of the windows in accordance with the changes in temperature. Keep in mind that the windows will contract and expand such that room must be made for these changes.
And the list goes on and on but the bottom line is: You should leave the installation of vinyl replacement windows to the professional and, in the end, get your money’s worth and enjoy the benefits of these sidings. Said benefits include better appearance, higher energy savings and lower environmental noise infiltration.