A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Window Installation CompanyJuly 18, 2014
Choosing the Right Window Installation Company
Window replacement requires a skilled installer because improper techniques can lead to problems including air leakage and a reduction in energy efficiency. Leading window brands, including Renewal by Andersen® windows, include warranty coverage which may be voided if windows are not installed by a certified contractor. To get the most from your investment, you must hire a certified window replacement company that will install your windows correctly and provide you with a valid warranty. Follow these steps to select the right window installation company for your needs.
- Do some research. Finding the right contractor can be tricky, especially if you haven’t worked with one in the past. To avoid headaches, first determine the brands of windows you want to install. Many contractors specialize in the installation of one window brand in order to provide the most expert service. Decide if you are interested in composite, vinyl or wood windows, and how important energy efficiency is to you. Windows offer various levels of efficiency depending on their glass options and construction.
- Solicit bids. Next, contact a company that specializes in window replacement to request a bid for the products you are considering. This should be more than a flat number; a complete bid should specify the materials included, the cost of labor, start and completion dates, and payment terms. This will prevent future misunderstandings about what is and isn’t included.
- Check the fine print. Understand the coverage included with the window installation. The best companies offer window coverage for 10 years, along with workmanship coverage of 2 years. Some companies, like Huff ‘N Puff, offer a 20-year warranty on glass, 2 years on installation and 10 years on all other components. Workmanship coverage is important because windows often fail due to poor installation, not problems with the windows themselves.
- Verify references. Research the background of each window installer as well as the manufacturer you are considering. Choose an installer that specializes in windows, has a business history of at least five years, and is willing to show you pictures of projects they have done similar to yours. The company should be able to demonstrate up-to-date licensing and insurance, along with references from satisfied customers.
We’re confident that after considering all of these requirements, Huff ‘N Puff will be your choice for replacement windows. Huff ‘N Puff’s unique 5-Star Experience begins with our Master Installer, who will visit your home to explain the entire installation process to you. Our team of factory-trained installers – not subcontractors – installs windows according to a strict schedule and maintains a clean, orderly workspace in your home. Once your project is complete, we’ll perform our 22-point inspection to ensure that your replacement windows have been properly installed without any flaws.
For a FREE in-home consultation and price quote in Albany, Schenectady and many other communities, contact Huff ‘N Puff here or call (518) 688-1624 if you live in the Capital Region, or (845) 245-2630 if you live in the Hudson Valley.