Unless you are a fan of DIY home improvement programs or a born constructor, it is very likely that whenever you need to undergo a major remodeling project at home you opt to rely on the assistance of professionals or home improvement companies. Planning a window replacement–whether general or partial–is no different at all and opting for a window replacement company seems to be the right way to go.
However, with so many of these companies available in the market, it can be quite tricky to determine just from their websites which of them is the most professional, experienced or reputable. Fortunately, if you know what questions to ask the companies’ representatives, sorting the good from the bad can be much easier.
How Long Have You Been In The Business?
Even though it is true that young window replacement companies can be trustworthy and reliable, the truth is that it is usually safer to opt for a window replacement company that has been in the market for longer. This often means that they have established themselves in the area for quite a lot of time, that they have coped with the ups and downs of the market and that they have integrated a team of workers from window retailers to installers that can guarantee you that your replacement project will be done on time.
Are Your Services Backed Up By Any Bureau or Organization?
From local construction chambers to the Better Business Bureau, constructors’ associations or local business chambers, there are many reputable organizations that should be able to acknowledge the professionalism, expertise or responsibility of the window replacement experts you plan to work with.
What Kinds of Replacement Windows You Offer?
The window company you opt to work with should offer you the widest possible variety of replacement windows. Needless to say, they should work with the major and most renowned brands in the market so that you have multiple window alternatives to evaluate.
What Guarantee Do You Offer Upon Your Job?
If the window company you are working with is a serious one, they will offer you a long term guarantee over the finished job. Generally speaking a standard warranty for windows is typically 10 years. However, the contractor is expected to offer some kind of workmanship warranty of at least 2 years that should include a warranty over the installation process.
Can I Ask You For A Bid?
The bid that the window company provides you with should be full and detailed. It should detail all the costs included in the window replacement service you require. In other words, it shouldn’t be a list of prices; it should include: the complete list of materials and products that will be used in the project as well as the start and finish dates so that there are no further surprises once they start working on your project.
Choosing a window company is not easy. However, asking the right questions can pave you the way to making a well informed decision.