Are you looking to replace your windows? With summer upon us, there’s no better time to spruce up your windows and make sure they’re in working order. If you need replacement windows, now’s the time to do it ready for winter. But getting the right windows for your home takes skill, and hiring the best people for the job. Read on for what to consider when hiring a window replacement service to get the right fit for your needs.
You’ll have worked out a budget, but you still want to get the best deal you can. Make sure you’re comparing replacement fees across a selection of companies. There’s quite a lot that factors into the cost of new windows, including:
- material quality
If you spot a bargain, get more details on it before you book in. You might save on initial costs, but the materials might be of lower quality. This can cost more money further down the line if issues arise.
Consider beyond the initial price tag and think of how much the windows cost over their lifespan. Some questions to think of are:
- Will they be more energy-efficient and save you money?
- How long should they last?
- What are the ongoing window maintenance obligations and costs?
- Are the installers experienced professionals that know what they’re doing?
Most of the time, a higher initial price for better quality will save you money in the long term on window repairs. You could also save money on your energy bills with energy-efficient windows.
The most common window materials on the market are fiberglass, vinyl, and wood. The prices of these new home windows will vary between these options. There are also different brands to consider, and different ranges within those brands.
Look in more detail at the type of material you want, so when you compare prices you’re comparing quality. For example, some wood windows have a solid wood interior. Other options don’t have that.
When replacing old windows, you might not have thought about the glass much. After all, it’s not easy to see the difference when it’s see-through. There are differences though, and you should check with manufacturers.
If you’re looking at energy-efficient options, make sure the manufacturers have proof. You want to look for actual ENERGY STAR® ratings and certificates. Compare these ratings and specifications against a basic window setup.
Think about the climate of your home’s location and what you need. Are you likely to experience extreme temperatures, for example? Do you have noise from a nearby road you want to block out or reduce? Look at the intended use of each glass option and weigh it against what you need.
Customization & Choice
Across companies, you can get a choice of the same basic window styles and types. Some companies might only offer those, but it’s important to have a wide choice available.
Don’t limit yourself to only one or two looks, your home might call for something different. The more options you have, the more chance you’ll get the right fit for your home’s style. If you can customize them for something unique, even better.
Compare options for factors like:
- material type
- colors (paint or stains)
- hardware (handles, hinges, etc.)
- extras (grilles, trims, etc.)
Think of things like which companies offer the widest selection. Also, what do they let you customize, how much creativity can you have? Rank your companies by what you consider most important to narrow your choices down.
You can have the highest quality windows but if the installation is bad, that won’t count for anything. A bad installation can reduce the performance quality of your windows and how they look.
Don’t pick subcontractors, as they’re usually paid per window. This can mean they focus more on installing as many windows as possible. The result? Little care for quality or detailed finishes.
It’s important to check how much experience a window company has and if they have examples of past work. You should also find out if they’ve worked on similar properties to yours before.
Having a good warranty shows that the company has confidence in what they do. They’re sure of the products they sell and their installation. The company should show you a detailed manufacturer and labor warranty.
Find out how long the warranty lasts, 25 year warranties are a good baseline to go with. Also, get a breakdown of what the warranty covers. You want as much cover as you can get, in case the worst happens.
Credibility & Experience
When picking a window replacement company, go with someone you can trust. Make sure that window and door replacement is what they specialize in.
They should have a C17 Glazing License and all required insurances. This includes liability insurance and workers’ compensation. If you want to find out more, you can look at the CSLB (Contractors State License Board) website.
Check out online customer reviews to find out what other clients thought of the company. Look at each company’s website and social media to learn more about them and their service. Also, check out review sites like Angie’s List to see how users rate them.
Customer service is vital, so you want to make sure you’re choosing a company that focuses on it. You want them to be there for you after the sale is complete should you have any issues.
Look for reviews and comments on their communication from all levels. Check how they treat customers including the owner, salespeople, and customer service reps. Consider questions like:
- How do they make you feel?
- Did they respond in a prompt manner?
- How are they preferring to respond (text, call, email, etc.)?
- Did you feel pressured at any point to make a decision fast?
At no point should a window replacement company make you feel uncomfortable. You’re letting them into your home and you should feel confident about the window replacement experience.
Choosing a Window Replacement Service Made Easy
So there you have it! Now you know these things to consider you’re sure to find the right window replacement service for you.
It might seem overwhelming at first to find a reliable company but it’s quite simple when you get started. Look for a company in your budget, that offers the styles and materials you want. Check out online reviews and interview the company to find out what experience to expect.
If you need a window replacement, contact us today. At Michigan Screen & Window Repair we’ve got the knowledge and experience for your window needs.