Your home’s windows play several important roles in the operation of your home. First, they impact the visual appeal, second, they determine ventilation for your home, and third, they will impact your energy use.
When buying windows for your home, do your homework.
Finding the right windows for your home isn’t the easiest chore in the world. But, if you can take a step in the right direction, your journey has begun in earnest.
Next, the installer/contractor for the job must be chosen. This is where things get tricky if you have never hired a window contractor before.
For a window installation to be considered a success, quality installation if the key to the longevity of the windows and how they will look once in place.
Determining Who Is the Best Contractor
When searching for potential contractors for your home, the Internet is a great source of information.
Everybody is great, they do quality work, and they have many satisfied customers.
While these facts may not be in dispute, they very well could be. So here are some tips to help separate the wheat from the chafe.
Has the contractor you have met received any industry credentials that highlight the work of the company?
Industry affiliations, awards, and professional certifications are indicative of the legitimacy of a reputable company.
Licensing is an important feature of any contractor. It helps identify contractors who are up to date with best practices and demonstrates a commitment to working above board.
Insurance is a key indicator of professionalism. If the contractor you are working with doesn’t carry insurance, any injuries or property damage will be the liability of the homeowner.
References or Homestar’s reviews can go a long way to shoring up professional credentials.
You can get a wide cross-section of reviews that will provide a picture of the work the contractor has done and determine what his future effort will be.
When you review a company to handle your windows installation, one question that should go along way in making your decision.
How long the company has been in business? If you are looking at a company with less than five years on the job, they may be a little too inexperienced to handle the work.
If you haven’t decided on the brand of windows you want, ask the contractor where he gets the products.
Energy Star windows are the industry standard. If the contractor tells you he uses something else, your money might be spent in vain.
A showroom or photo gallery can give you a bird’s eye view of the product you may buy and it is important to see what will be installed ahead of time.
Check the warranty information for both the products to be installed and the workmanship warranty that should be extended by a contractor.
Many contractors will extend a five-year warranty, and the product warranty will come from the manufacturer of the windows.
Make sure you go over these details with a fine-tooth comb.
If you miss something it could come back on you in large repair bill or replacement costs.
As a reminder, you can review many different contractors to find the best price, the best level of service and the best products for your budget.
Don’t let the first contractor you evaluate move you into a deal that you may not be entirely comfortable with.
Replacing windows in a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, and you want to make sure you have taken the right decision to protect your home and family.