While replacing windows can seem a daunting project, many DIYers (Do-It-Yourselfers) successfully tackle their own replacement projects each year. Here are some resources that can help you in determining if you want to do the project yourself, as well as some tools to help get you started.
Do you have the necessary skills to replace your own windows? The level of skills needed to replace your own windows can vary, depending on the replacement project type. Installing a full-frame replacement window, for example, is more complex than installing an insert replacement window. An insert replacement window allows you to keep the existing window frame and trim, whereas a full-frame replacement window requires a complete tear-out and replacement of the existing one. A good place to start for determining the magnitude of a replacement project—and if your skills match this project—is to download the product installation guide for each window.
Do you have the right tools to do the replacement yourself? Individual installation guides for Andersen® windows provide detailed lists of the required tools and materials. While each project can vary, the following tools are typically required:
- Safety glasses
- Caulk gun
- Waterproof shims
- Tape measure
- Power drill/driver
- Putty knife
- Utility knife
- Small pry bar
Do you have the time to do replace windows yourself? Replacing a full-frame window takes, on average, 4 to 6 hours for a ground-floor window. In most cases, more time is needed for the upper levels of your home.
How will your replacement window(s) project impact your home interior or exterior? Many replacement projects can affect the window’s surrounding wall. Consider drywall, vinyl or natural siding, and other wall materials with your replacement project.
*Installation services are provided by independent companies and are not endorsed by Andersen.