Window installation and replacement can be one of the most important projects you take on as a homeowner. With the exception of perhaps a new roof – it’s the one project that will likely provide you with the most value over time. Not only do great windows enhance a home’s curb appeal; but they also make your home a far more pleasant place to spend your time.
Finding a good contractor can be a little bit of a challenge though. And that’s what we’re going to help you work through today. Here are some tips that you can follow that will help you hire a window contractor that can do a great job. Let’s jump right in!
Know what you want
Unlike other contractors, window contractors tend to be a little bit more specialized in their approach. That is to say – certain contractors like us are great at storm windows. Others are better at classical and antique windows. Some specialize in PVC or fiberglass. Knowing what your choices are and what route you’d like to take will help save you some time and money and most of all – free yourself from unnecessary headaches.
Get some recommendations
Most homeowners will get their windows replaced at some point. As such, you should pick their brains on how their project went, who they hired, recommend and the like. Sometimes the best place to start is with your peers. Also feel free to go online and research companies with good reviews. The biggest things you’ll want to consider are longevity (how long have they been in business) as well as paying particular attention to certifications and how they develop their staff. A company that trains and certifies its staff comprehensively is a company you’ll want to do business with.
Hey, while all of this ‘i’d like to have’ is nice to think about – reality is that it’s going to come down to ‘what I can afford.’ Feel free to get quotes from a few different contractors with regards to what they can offer you. And see if there’s room to haggle as you might be able to get yourself some additional value if you play your cards right. In those quotes – be sure that they include detailed information about their materials, expenses, terms/conditions and that the parameters of the project are clearly and comprehensively outlined so that there’s no gray area.
Warranties, licenses and other important things
Windows should almost all come with some sort of a 10 year warranty and then a workmanship warranty of at least two years. These will help you avoid possible repair fees when your windows break early on or fail due to improper installation.
Also, make sure the company you’re working with is fully verified and licensed. In fact, your local municipal offices should be able to dig up permits and licenses. Make sure that your contractor is registered and that their insurance policies are up to date.
If you’re in the Largo, FL area and looking for a window contractor, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to meet with you and offer a free consultation. Until then – good luck!