How to choose the best window company

Comparing window companies can feel overwhelming. Replacement window shopping is a difficult task especially when it comes to choosing the right company for you. If its your first time replacing your windows you may have already discovered that it is no walk in the park. We have developed a list of criteria to consider when comparing companies so that you can make the best decision for your investment.

energy efficient windowsHere are top five things to look for when hiring a window and door replacement company:

  1. Experience
  2. Reputation
  3. Cost
  4. Materials
  5. Certifications

Experience

Finding a company with experience is an important criterion to have on your list. Experienced companies have less risk of mistakes and offer valuable knowledge that can only come from the field. Experienced companies who have been around for a while have proven their ability to get the job done correctly, otherwise they probably wouldn’t be around anymore. Its important to have an expert of a company who has seen a multitude of different houses, so they can identify which window style may be the best for your house. They will have the knowledge to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making decisions you may find challenging.

Reputation

A reputation is a large indicator of the quality of a company as well as their work ethic. Word of mouth is incredibly powerful, so it is important to ask your friends, family and neighbors for their recommendations before picking a company. The good part about asking people you know is that in most cases you will be able to see the work of the company up close and personal. A great modern way to examine the reputation of a company is to check their social media. People may post comments as well as tag the company in work they have done. Customer testimonials are a great way to get vast amounts of opinions that come from varying experiences. Another thing to consider is if they offer a warranty, this can add to their reputation as often people are more satisfied with companies who offer a guarantee or warranty on their services.

Cost

Beware of bargain windows! Windows are a substantial investment and you want to make sure they last. Bargain windows may have an appealing price tag but its important to consider that windows are an investment that can lead to long term savings and overall value. Windows that are priced well under market value are often smaller than average and tend to be constructed with lesser quality materials. The upfront low cost may seem appealing but may create unexpected costs down the line. Good quality windows can save money on energy bills, last longer and cost less in maintenance over time. Paying more upfront tends to be worth the investment in the long run.

Materials

Does the company carry the right materials? This is very important. Wood, Vinyl and fiberglass are the most common window materials. Although there are many different window styles you want to make sure the company carries the best one for you. Comparing these materials is especially important because window materials differ in quality as well as functionality. Another important factor to consider is if the company can do different window styles. Windows come in different shapes and sizes and you will want to ensure they can install a window that is complementary to your home.

Certifications

Finally, let’s talk about certifications. Certifications are incredibly important. If you purchase the best windows money can buy and the are incorrectly installed, the value of the windows will decrease. To protect your investment, it’s important to check and make sure the window company you choose is licensed, insured, and certified. Do not accept a verbal promise about something as important as a certification, make sure to check for labels and obtain proof of certifications before agreeing to any installation or payment.

Erin Emanuel

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