Window Replacement: How to Choose the Right Company
Ordinarily, shopping may not be something that most people consider stressful. Of course, it depends on what you’re shopping for. When it comes to the structural components of your house, such as windows, many find their stress level rising a bit. Window replacement is a big decision, after all. Your heating and cooling bills, the safety of your family, the appeal and value of your home – so many things depend on just the right window selection. Suddenly, you’re not just buying windows anymore; you’re searching for a significant investment in the home in which you live (and may someday want to sell at a reasonable profit).
Window Replacement: 8 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Company
We are going to take a look at some of the primary considerations when searching for a window replacement company. There are approximately eight things to consider, research, and compare from company to company. With the information below, you will be able to make an informed decision as to which window replacement company suits you best
Finding testimonials and references today is merely a click away on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can also ask around to see if someone you know has had their windows replaced. The latter would allow you the opportunity to inspect the installation.
During your research, find out how many years the companies you’re comparing have been in business. Do they install windows that are manufactured by someone else? Or do they make the windows themselves? If they’re from someone else, who are they from? You may have to do additional research on that company.
For this, you will have to leave your computer and speak to a representative of the company. Schedule an in-home consultation, visit the showroom, or talk to someone on the phone to determine what kind of customer service this company puts forth. How did you feel after the exchange? Were all your questions answered adequately? Did you feel hurried or did they take their time with you? Customer service may be a secondary consideration to some individuals, but it is important to many.
Window installation should come with a guaranteed warranty. But should an issue arise, how would you go about scheduling service and who will be responsible for that service? Do the manufacturer’s and installation warranty differ? The stronger the warranty, the more confident the company probably is in their product and workmanship.
The performance of any window is only as good as its installation. Consider the installation process and ask as many questions as you can think of. Don’t hesitate to ask what kind of certification/training installers receive and if they are fully covered by insurance.
5. Customization and/or Selection
There are numerous styles of windows from which to choose. Some of these can include bay and bow, casement and awning, sliding, and double hung. If those don’t accurately describe what you’re looking for, you may choose to go with a fully customized style or a variation of the aforementioned designs. What kind of a selection does the company offer, and do they deal with customized windows?
Other considerations here, aside from detail and design (or style), can include structural grade, water penetration, air infiltration, and energy efficiency.
6. Glass Options
Thanks to the transparency of glass, it can be difficult to literally “see” the difference between various options. If a manufacturer says that the glass in your windows is energy efficient, it should be backed up by the ENERGY STAR trademark and certification. Check out the ratings and specifications of the glass that will be used in your windows.
The climate in which you live will have everything to do with what kind of glass you choose. The processes and materials that go into the manufacturing of the glass determine its impact resistance, noise reduction, energy efficiency, and more.
The most common materials used in the manufacture of windows (other than glass) are fiberglass, vinyl, and wood. The choice can have everything to do with the price. When comparing, however, consider like quality levels. Don’t compare apples to oranges.
This final consideration may be first on many peoples’ lists but should be considered by anyone thinking about window replacement. Set up a budget and do what you can to stick to it. Weigh all of the above-listed details very carefully. Remember that, over time, a higher price tag initially could pay off, in the long run, depending on the quality of the installation, how long the windows last, maintenance costs and care involved, and savings on energy bills.
And also remember that if you find a deal that’s too good to be true… It very likely is.
Ideally, you want the best of all worlds. You want a reliable window replacement company that furnishes stylish, high-quality windows of your choosing at an affordable price. With the information above, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.