Your New Windows: Buying windows and finding a window replacement contractor
April 06, 2011
Shopping online for your replacement windows is a great way to learn about window styles, functionality, and pricing, but it may seem overwhelming without help. Visiting window dealers and talking with prospective window replacement contractors can help you find replacement windows appropriate to your home's architecture, your budget, and your climate. Window ratings, which appear on window labels, can also help with selecting windows that can help with providing energy efficiency, insulating your home against weather and noise, and allowing natural light in while filtering out harmful UV rays.
Window replacement contractors: Interview several before selecting one
Home improvement retailers may also offer window installation; this may be convenient, but there are a few questions to ask prospective window replacement contractors:
- Factory authorized to install the windows you're buying: New windows typically include warranties, but these can become void if your windows aren't installed by a replacement windows contractor trained or authorized by the window manufacturer.
- Licensed, bonded, and insured: Ask prospective windows contractors to provide proof of licensing by your state's contractor's licensing board along with proof of being bonded and insured. This protects you and your windows dealer if problems arise during installation.
- References: Window replacement contractors typically provide references, another way to find a contractor is asking friends, family, and neighbors who've recently installed new windows. Check all references offered by prospective contractors, and verify that they are appropriately licensed in your state.
Researching new windows and window replacement contractors can help you save time and money later.