Sliding Window Installers and Contractors
October 11, 2010
Sliding windows are a great choice for residents in urban areas where space is tight because they open side-to-side and don't obstruct the flow of traffic. Their simple operation also makes them well suited for locations where frequently changing weather is a factor. Use these tips to make sure you find a contractor to install your sliding windows so they can function to their full ability.
- Finding Someone: Talk to friends and neighbors. Recommendations from someone you trust will make you feel more at ease, and you'll also be able to see examples of the window installer's work before you meet him. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau and local contractors' board to double-check your sliding window contractor's reputation among other homeowners.
- Money Matters: Set out a budget beforehand and find a contractor who can meet it. Discuss the contract, terms, start and stop date, payment plan and any insurance forms up front so you and your sliding window installer are both aware of any costs that may impact the budget and only put down the final amount for the job when you're satisfied with the work.
- Sliding Window Details: Sliding windows are sometimes faulted for being low in energy efficiency due to their sliding seal. In recent years, manufacturers have stepped up efforts to make better seals and more energy efficient glass to achieve EnergyStar ratings for their sliding windows. Window installers will be able to discuss your options with you, whether they be adding double-pane, triple-pane or Low E glass, which all offer increased insulation and protection against the elements.
Sliding windows can run you anywhere from $100 into the thousands. Pricing is based on material, window size, and the type of glass you choose to purchase. A quality sliding window will last you years, but only when paired with a skilled and competent sliding window contractor, so make sure you do your research.