Your windows are an essential part of the functionality and the aesthetic of your home. In a recent blog, we talked about the signs you can look for to determine if it’s time to replace your windows, like drafts or hot spots, condensation, an increased energy bill, or windows being difficult to open or close. In this post, we’ll cover five of the most important questions you can ask your window replacement professional when it’s time to move forward with replacing your windows.
- What are your credentials?
As with any professional you would hire to do work in your home, it’s vital to ensure that your window installation professionals are licensed and insured. It’s also a good idea to ask them for references so that you can either talk to or read testimonials from clients who have worked with them in the past.
- What kind of warranty will the windows have?
Even when you are working with the most reputable companies using the highest quality materials, the need could still arise for a repair down the road. Talk to your window installation professional in advance, and get in writing the specifics of the warranty. Be sure to cover details like the length of the warranty, and whether it covers workmanship as well as parts.
- Do I need a permit?
Depending on the regulations and policies of your municipality, you may need a permit to get your windows replaced. A trustworthy window installation expert should be able to tell you right away if you need permits, and should take care of obtaining them if they are needed.
- What is included in the estimate?
It may be safe to assume the estimate will cover the cost of the new windows and the labor to install them, but there are other possible costs in a window replacement project that you will want to ask about to avoid being hit with a surprise bill. Check with your window replacement professional to see if their estimate covers things like the removal and proper disposal of the old windows, and the procurement of any necessary permits.
- What types of energy-saving options are available?
If you are investing in new windows, it makes sense to chose windows that will slowly pay you back over time in decreased energy bills. Have a discussion with your window replacement expert to find out if your new windows will meet the Energy Star requirements for your region. Another option you may wish to consider is double or triple glazing, which considerably reduces the amount of energy that can pass through windows and escape as wasted heating or air conditioning.
Replacing your windows is an investment in the structural integrity and beauty of your home. Done well, they can serve you and your family for years, conserve energy, and provide a focal point that increases the value of your home. Talk with your trusted window installation professionals today about replacing your windows to meet your needs and your budget!