Why Replace Your Windows and What to Look For When Replacing Your Windows
Every home is unique. After years of enduring weather changes, no two homes are really the same. Many factors must be considered in order to give an accurate price for window 11 iso download. Without seeing your present windows, there is no way to receive an accurate price for replacement. For example, removing a steel window from a masonry opening is much more difficult than extracting a wood double hung from a stud opening.
Plus, many homes may have windows with surrounding wood damage that needs to be replaced or simply updated before a new window can be installed. Having someone physically view your existing windows removes all questions in the evaluation, allows for accurate pricing, and provides you with all the information you need to establish your budget for the replacement windows. Having a qualified window contractor sit down with you and give you pricing is the next step.
Make sure you inquire about financing. Some contractors offer in-house financing with no payments or interest for up to one full year. But before inviting a contractor to your home, make sure the visit will be at no cost or obligation whatsoever. The reputable window contractor will agree to this readily, without hesitation, and proceed to set a mutually agreeable appointment time. Once the contractor arrives, after the introductions, immediately state clearly the results you want from your new windows. Relay how many windows you are considering replacing, show the windows to be replaced, and then ask what brand, type, and style windows would be best for your situation. Make sure you go over different options and state clearly the results you want from your new windows. If you have questions, now is the time to speak up.
Take as much time as you need. After all, you’re the one considering and ultimately paying to have new windows installed. Another important aspect of hiring someone to replace your windows is the need to feel comfortable in their presence. If you’re not comfortable with them now, you won’t be comfortable later. Also, consider that the contractor will have their installers working in and around your home, your castle. You’ll certainly want to feel at ease about letting them work there. Ask who exactly will be doing the installing. If they do not know or hedge answering this question, it may be a signal that you’re dealing with “Chuck on a truck,” and perhaps not a very reputable company.
I have window pricing, now what?
When you have received a firm price from your window contractor, make sure these concerns have been completely addressed to your satisfaction: What type of warranty is included? Remember, obtaining a strong, written guarantee should be a mandatory when buying replacement windows. All vinyl window manufacturers should provide a lifetime warranty, as quality vinyl windows and doors are constructed to last a lifetime. The majority of wooden windows,with some form of exterior cladding, provide a ten year warranty. This does not mean vinyl is better, but wood simply does not last forever.
The three heavy hitters in the wood window market are Marvin, Andersen, and Pella, all with a ten year warranty. Understand that there are nonprorated lifetime warranties, and pro-rated lifetime warranties. Nonprorated means the warranty will not depreciate over the course of the lifetime. Many “lifetime” warranties don’t explain this, because they are in fact prorated, costing you additional money later down the line. Find out just how long the manufacturer has been making their windows. A lifetime warranty is no good should the manufacturer suddenly go out of business.
Once confident the manufacturer is well established, ask how long the contractor has been replacing windows. Make sure they are licensed and insured. Being licensed and insured doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good, but it does give them accountability. How much and what type of maintenance is required? You should be told that your windows will be virtually maintenance free and that you will never need to scrape, paint, or stain your windows ever again. Should damage occur or repairs be necessary, how and when will repairs be completed? Any contractor worth their salt will be in position to address damage or repair concerns immediately and not have it take a week or two. How much will the new windows increase the value of your home? The answer will depend primarily on the quantity and quality of the windows you purchase.
When making your decision.
Once you are satisfied with price, manufacturer, guarantee, warranty, and installation timeframe, make sure that both you and your contractor understand your purchase clearly and entirely, before entering into a contractual agreement. It’s never wise to pay for the work in full in advance. Rather, wait until after the job is completed to your satisfaction. A deposit is usually required by most contractors. Typically, this can be as much as fifty percent of the contracted price, but you can discuss this with your contractor and try to keep it as low as possible.
Finally and most importantly, read everything before you sign on the dotted line and if there is anything in the contract that you are even the slightest bit unclear about, stop and ask for clarification, right then and there. Also, remember that if it’s not written in the contract, it’s not part of the contract. Never assume that something is “understood”. If there is a point you have discussed that you do not see written in the contract, you can request that the contract be amended to include this point, or an “addendum” be written as an addition to the contract.
This should also be signed and dated by both parties. Make sure everything you expect to be there, is. It is our sincere desire that all questions, suggestions, and information contained herein will help place you, the homeowner, in a better position to approach, facilitate, and find satisfaction with your major home improvement project of window replacement. Do feel free to share this information with your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.