How to Find an Expert for Window Installation

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When it comes to purchasing and installing new windows, you will want to know How to Find an Expert for Window Installation. Replacing windows is a big investment in your home, so you want to make sure that whoever is installing them is doing the job properly. You can have good windows, but if they aren't installed properly, you could end up using and wasting more energy, and having problems further down the road. You've done your research and found the best windows that work for you and your home, now its time to install them, so you want to be sure you have someone that knows exactly what they are doing.

To start, you want to find a window installer who is certified. Some major window manufacturers recommend using only window installers that are specifically trained and certified for their window products. Using the same contractor for the purchase and window installation can also avoid problems that might occur later on. If you are using a window installer from the home center where you purchased your windows, you will want to find out how complaints are handled. The home center should be willing to help with resolving any problems with any of its contractors so that you are satis­factied. You can look for certification from the American Window and Door ­Institute or check credentials at InstallationMasters. This is where it pays to do your due diligence. Regardless of whether your window installer is certified or manufacturer-trained, you will still want to check references and check the Better Business Bureau’s website for ratings and comments. Always know the full name and address of the company, proof of insurance and how long they have been in business. Find out if the window installer offers a warranty on its work? Never assume anything, you want to have all the proper facts and information to protect yourself in case anything happens.

You also want to know exactly what to expect. An experienced window installer should tell you approximately how long the job will take. You will want to ask about the window installation process. It's good to know that proper window installation should have the new window being put in right after the old one is removed. Insist that the window installer measures each replacement window before ripping out the old window. You certainly don’t want to have a boarded-up hole in your wall while you are waiting for the correct window to arrive. You also don't want a window installer who removes all of the old windows first and then installs the new windows. This is because if there are any problems, you could be left with several holes in your walls for days or even weeks. It's also a good idea to get bids from different window installers. Don't be afraid to scrutinize the bids that you get, you want to have all of the window installation specifics. You want details like the number of windows, window brand, window size and type and any add-on features. The bid should also include window installation details, with things like how the windows will be sealed and insulated. The window installation bid should also include the labor and window material cost break down. The window installation is just as important as the windows that you choose. It is important that you remember that and treat the window installation with as much attention as the window purchase.

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