If your windows have reached the end of their usefulness, it's time to have them replaced. New windows can increase the security of your home, and protect your home from damage associated with storms, especially if you choose to install impact windows. However, if you've decided to attempt the installation as a do-it-yourself project, you should rethink that decision. Installing your windows can lead to some serious problems. Here are four reasons why you should always hire a professional contractor to install your replacement windows. 

Ensure a Good Fit

One of the problems with installing your own windows is that there's no way to ensure that you'll get the right fit. Unfortunately, if your windows don't fit properly, you could end up with issues involving diminished energy efficiency. Not only that, but you also end up with windows that leak whenever it rains. To make sure your windows fit properly, and that they provide you with the highest possible energy efficiency, you should have them installed by a contractor.

Work Is Guaranteed

If you've decided to install your own windows, you run the risk that you'll undermine your warranty. Unfortunately, that means that if your windows are damaged, you may need to pay for the replacement out of your own pocket. That's because it's impossible to ensure that the windows have been installed correctly. However, when you have a professional contractor install your windows, your warranty will remain intact, which means they'll be protected against damage.

Avoid Insurance Issues

If your home is damaged during a storm or other natural disaster, you'll need to file a claim with your insurance company. If a professional contractor has installed your windows, you shouldn't encounter any issues with your claim. However, if you've installed your windows yourself, you may find end up having your claim denied by your insurance company. This is particularly true if the damage involves issues with your windows, such as leaks or storm breakage. To ensure that your home is properly protected against storm damage, be sure to have your windows installed by a professional contractor.

Prevent Accidents and Injuries

Installing windows can be a dangerous venture, especially when it comes to working with large panes of glass. Unfortunately, if you've never installed windows before, and you don't have the proper training or tools, you could end up suffering serious injuries. Hiring a professional contractor will alleviate the danger associated with window installation.