When you are planning for a window replacement, the success of the project will usually depend on finding the right window installation company to do the job. The right company can make the process go as smoothly as possible for the best price. Finding that company can be a challenge, but asking the right questions can help you do it.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
This is the most important question to ask when looking for a contractor for your window installation project. Your contractor should be willing to provide you with the paperwork showing their current licenses and insurance policies. Your contractor should have liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage insurance. These policies are critical to protecting you as the homeowner. With an uninsured or underinsured contractor, you as the homeowner would be financially responsible for any injury or property damage.
Is the Estimate Itemized?
After you meet with your potential contractor and they have conducted a thorough review of your window replacement project, you can request an estimate. Your estimate should be broken down so you can see exactly what the projected costs are for your window replacement, and it should be in writing. Parts, labor, and cleanup should all be included in the estimate, which will allow you to understand the exact breakdown of the cost. Remember that when comparing estimates, you need to focus on comparing exactly what is included, not simply the final dollar amount. Some estimates may be low because they don’t include finishing or disposal, and adding those costs can make a big difference.
Is Disposal, Finishing, and Painting Part of the Window Replacement Package?
Some contractors only offer the window replacement itself, without including additional services such as disposing of your old windows, painting, or interior finishing. If a contractor offers interior finishing, which may include painting and trimming the window, this can be very helpful for a complete window replacement job. If your contractor offers these services, make sure they are included on the estimate so you aren’t surprised later.
What Windows Do You Recommend?
Some window replacement contractors have different windows they prefer for their projects. Some will only work with certain window brands. When you meet with your potential window replacement contractor, find out which windows they recommend, which they don’t, and why. This information can make a big difference in costs and will also provide you with valuable insight from those who spend their days installing replacement windows.
How Long is the Window Replacement Process?
A window replacement may not be a quick process. If you are ordering specialized or custom windows, they may take several months to be delivered. If you are trying to plan a complete window replacement, it is very helpful to know exactly when and for how long your windows will be out of commission. Your contractor may not be able to offer you exact details before the windows are ordered, but they should have a general idea of what the timeline will look like.
How Do You Handle Warranties, Service Issues, and Permits?
No matter how well your window replacement project goes, problems can arise. Your contractor should provide you with information on the warranty process for any windows they install, as well as information on their company’s service policy. Will your contractor remedy the problem or will you need to find someone else? How would you go about initiating the warranty process? Your contractor should have a process in place.
After meeting with several contractors and asking these questions, you should have a good idea of who the right company for the job is. You need a contractor you can trust, one you can communicate with, and one who is invested in doing the best job for your home. Armorvue Home Exteriors has been installing windows in this community for decades, and we have a reputation for quality products and workmanship. Contact us today for a virtual appointment.