Are you looking for a window replacement contractor?
Replacing windows in your home is a big decision and not something you do very often. In fact, good windows will last 10 to 20 years (or more) and depending on how long you live in your home, you may never need to replace them.
But, when you have made the decision to replace your leaky or outdated windows it’s time to start searching for an experienced and reputable window replacement contractor. Iowa Home Exteriors has been in the window replacement business for over 30 years and we want to help you through this important and difficult process.
To make your search as smooth and stress free as possible, we offer these 5 questions you need to ask each potential window replacement contractor. But, before you begin asking questions you need to find those potential candidates.
It is easy to go through potential window replacement contractor’s websites and compare rates, prices of windows, and work experience. An important thing to keep in mind is that cheaper isn’t always better.
After researching their websites and reading their reviews (important!), narrow your list down to 3-5 potential contractors to interview. During the interview process there are 5 questions our team here at Iowa Home Exteriors have found to be crucial for finding the right contractor.
5 Questions to ask a window replacement contractor:
1. What do you charge?
After inspecting your project, you need a solid quote from the contractor that includes everything that you will be charged for, i.e., if they charge for removal of the old windows. You need an exact estimate on what they will charge for this type of project.
2. Do you carry insurance?
At the least, your potential window contractor should have liability insurance that protects you in the event of an accident. Their insurance can be verified by asking for copies of the insurance certificates sent from the insurance company. There are several reasons why a contractor may not have insurance, so you have to decide if you are willing to risk working with a company that is not insured.
3. How long will the whole process take?
A schedule of the work to be done and timeframe for completion is always a good thing to have. In most cases window replacement contractors will have to order your new windows, so the scheduling and completion date of your project may be the biggest decision factor when choosing a window replacement contractor.
4. Are there references I can contact?
It has been said that businesses grow by word of mouth. Asking your potential contractor for references is important! Call each reference they give you and ask them how they liked working with their contractor. Some might even invite you to come and inspect the work of the contractor at their home. Remember to look over the online reviews.
5. Is there a warranty?
Most reputable contractors offer different types of warranties on their work and the windows they have installed in your home. Ask them what they offer and what it all entails; window breakage, long-term protection, etc.
When hiring a window replacement contractor it is key to do your homework. Window replacement in your home is a big decision, so do not begin this process just wanting to “get it done.” You want quality work done for a fair price.
We hope these questions help you in your search to find the right window replacement contractor who works best with your situation and timeframe.
We have also included this great info graphic from the Federal Trade Commission. It was produced to educate consumers on important points to remember when replacing windows and also explains how to read the National Fenestration Rating Council's label you see on new windows.
Iowa Home Exteriors, Inc. offers quality window replacement and would love the opportunity to be interviewed by you for your next window replacement project! Contact us today to set up a time we can meet and go over your project!