From Margaret on December 14th, 2011 in Window Replacement
If you’re looking for replacement windows, you may be looking at spending anywhere from a few hundred to $20,000 on the project.
Now, this is an incredible investment for the life and aesthetics of your home. It not only improves your curb appeal and sell-ability–it reduces your energy bill by hundreds of dollars annually. But you want to be smart when laying out that kind of cash.
The replacement process has so many types of windows and details, and requires great professional help from window contractors. You want to be certain that the windows you choose are quality and trustworthy, as well as the window brand they come from.
So, how do you know you can trust your window replacement brand? Here’s how to start off on the right foot.
Get Pricing & Expert Advice
Our first suggestion, once you have decided to replace windows and have an idea of the scope of your project, is to talk to a contractor. A window contractor can help you know what you’re getting into, suggest a plan of action, and most importantly, guide you toward companies worth looking into.
For pricing and free referrals on a window project, click here.
You can also browse through CalFinder’s extensive database of window contractors in your area. Each contractor is hand-picked for the database because of their great ratings and qualifications. You can find the one right for you in your city here.
Do Your Homework
While a contractor will know extensively about window frames (such as wood or the ever-popular vinyl windows), energy efficient windows, and big brand names like Marvin Windows or Silverline, you’ll want to come to the table having educated yourself. You can then ask questions and better collaborate with your contractor to streamline the project and get exactly what you want.
In doing your homework, it’s important that you don’t just go with the first brand that sounds familiar or halfway decent. Make sure that you talk to neighbors that have replaced windows, that you read online reviews of each company, and check into the company’s policies, history, and reputation. We have a list of window brands and their backgrounds here for your reference.
Some excellent brands include long-lasting companies like the Danish-originated Andersen Windows, PGT, and Milgard. Take our word for it, sure, but check out some great companies for yourself and see what they’re known for.
With such a large investment—new windows are meant to last for years—you’ll want to know just what you’re ordering before signing that contract.
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