Your roof and windows are two important investments. Both are expensive but necessary costs if they need to be replaced. Having said this however, it’s extremely important to make sure the job is done properly and that starts with choosing the right window replacement contractor.
If a window installation is done incorrectly it can compromise the longevity of your windows and add extra costs to your heating and cooling.
When searching for a window replacement contractor there are some preliminary questions you should be asking to help narrow down the choices and point you in the right direction:
1. How long have you been in business and what certifications do you have?
A great window contractor will have both the knowledge and experience to not just do the job, but do it well! You can expect to pay a bit more for someone who has extra years of experience or credentials.
Along with the right certifications and experience, you also need to make sure your window replacement contractor is insured. Far too often, a client will overlook this vital information but it’s important. You wouldn’t want someone injuring themselves on your property and the responsibility falling on you!
2. Do you provide free estimates?
Some contractors will charge you for an estimate/consultation while others won’t. It’s important to get clarity in this regard right away so you don’t receive a surprise later.
3. Does the installation service include trim and finishes?
Some contractors will include trim and finish while others won’t. In other circumstances it’s considered an “add-on”. It’s always good to ask for clarity about this item.
4. How long does window installation take?
It’s advisable to provide as much information about the job to your potential contractor so you receive the most accurate time lines and pricing.
5. What is your protocol for rain days?
There are several factors that can influence your window replacement project and weather is no exception. It’s important that your window installation contractor has protocol in place for bad weather.
If the installer has a lot more jobs lined up, a “rain day” could push your installation back by a few more days or weeks in some cases.
6. Do you have any reviews and a portfolio you could share?
High-quality window installation contractors should be able to provide you with samples of their work. If you’re considering an installer based on a referral from a friend, family, or co-worker you can ask that person if you could see the work that contractor did in person.
7. What are the terms of payment?
It’s important to ask for payment terms up front. Inquire about their methods of payment, and pay schedule.
Now that we’ve covered some of the best questions to ask, it’s time to take the next step and book a consultation with a qualified window installer.
At Integrity Home Building and Restoration, we are an Anderson Certified Contractor. We offer FREE, no obligation estimates and are backed by over 15 years experience.
Questions? Contact us if you want the best windows for your home.