There are different things to consider when researching and selecting a window contractor for an upcoming window replacement projectÂ and below is a list of our recommendations.
Finding a good window contractor-Â A qualified window contractor will more than likely have a yellow pages advertisement or a website.Â So, start by conducting a web search, which is an easy way to find a list of suitable companies from which to begin.Â If a contractor sticks out, check what local associations they belong to such as: the Home Builders Association. Â Also look them up on an independent and honest forum like Angieâ€™s List to see what previous customers have said about the company.Â Good window contractors will usually have a decent online presence with several positive reviews.Â If you canâ€™t find much information about a window contractor online, it isnâ€™t an absolute, but that may not be a great sign.
Gathering bids– Getting several quotes for your replacement window project is a good way to see what might work best for your needs. Â Not only will multiple bids provide a good price comparison, but it also can be educational in terms of the different types of window replacement options available.Â A good window contractor should be willing to work with you, and will do their best to stay within budget.Â Itâ€™s tough to deal with contractors who play the â€œtoday only priceâ€ card or advertising special.Â Hereâ€™s a typical story: â€œYouâ€™re getting this price because we want to use your home as a method of promoting us in your neighborhood.â€Â Do not be pressured.
What to consider when reviewing the window replacement bids– In the process of getting a window replacement bid, looking for the lowest price tag is not always the best answer.Â Ask yourself these questions:
- What is being left out?
- What shortcuts are being taken that will come back to haunt me?
- Does this bid reflect what I have asked for and/or been told?
A common sign of trouble begins with a window contractor whose prices are much less than the other bids acquired.Â This also covers the contractor who requires excessive amounts of money up-front, which may indicate they are having financial problems.Â As with most industries, low price does not always equate to good value.
What questions to ask a window contractor– When communicating with potential contractors, ask how much experience they have, or how long they have been in business.Â The usual answer, of course, is â€œlots of experience!â€, so ask follow up questions to get specifics.Â The best real answer is often anecdotal and comes from the contractorâ€™s past clients, so ask for referrals.
Make sure when comparing multiple bids that they all represent the same type of product and services.Â A bid for a lower grade window with clear glass will certainly not be the same as a quote for premium grade Energy Star rated windows.Â Make sure to compare â€˜apples to applesâ€™, and pay attention to specific product details.
Ask questions about the warranty that comes with the windows.Â Is there a separate warranty for the labor?Â What kinds of issues are covered?Â Will the window still be under warranty in 10 years?Â Most companies are willing to supply a copy of their warranty, so make sure you get something in writing.Â Be sure to understand what the warranty will cover, and what it wonâ€™t.
At Glass-Rite, we offer free, no pressure estimates for any sized window replacement projects, whether you need wood windows, aluminum windows or vinyl windows.Â Weâ€™re happy to supply referrals as well as the addresses or maps of reference projects in your neighborhood.Â Weâ€™ve been in businessÂ for over 25 years, and our professional crew knows how to remove old windows with the least disruption to you and your home. Glass-Rite is family-owned and operated and is totally committed to quality products and service.Â Our goal is complete customer satisfaction.Â Â If youâ€™d like additional help in determining which window is best for your New Mexico home, contact our office. Weâ€™ll be glad to walk you through a window comparison and installation plan that works within your budget and provides long-term purchase satisfaction.