You know that you need to replace your old windows and doors and you want this project completed before the onset of winter for obvious reasons such as energy costs and heat loss. You like lots of other home owners may not know what kinds of things to look for when taking on this kind of project. Obtaining a variety of quotes when deciding to replace your old windows and doors is one of the most important steps that you can take. There are other things to consider as well and some of them are:
1. What kind of material is being used? There are several different kinds of materials that are used in the manufacturing of Windows and Doors. There is wood which a good choice is if the exterior is encased in aluminum or vinyl, or fiberglass and vinyl.
2. Thickness of the glass within the Windows and Doors. Are you getting a single, double or triple pane? Double and triple panes are the most durable and energy efficient over the single panes.
3. What is the performance rating on your selected Windows and Doors? Does it even have a rating? If it doesn't stay clear as this is a bad sign! Top quality Windows and Doors have both a good and reputable rating such as Energy Star.
4. Do your new Windows and Doors have excellent thermal qualities? There are a few that you can select from such as Low E coating which is said to be good, but not as good as Low E and Argon gas. Heat Mirror is said to be the absolute best in thermal quality.
5. What are the qualifications of your Windows and Doors contractor? Ensure that the contractor of your choice has all pertinent licenses and certificates and is bonded and insured. Be sure to obtain a few estimates so that you can make the best choice available to you.
6. Is there a manufacturer's warranty? Look for a lifetime warranty which is the absolute best one available to you. The next best thing is a 20 year warranty. If the warranty offered is only 2-10 years try searching for another contractor that offers you a much better warranty. Replacing both windows and doors is an expensive project and they should last for many years within your home.
7. Always get a written contract that states everything including payment very clearly. Ensure that the cost covers all hidden costs. Never pay any money upfront, and contact the Better Business Bureau.
8. If a price quote seems too good to be true-it usually is!
These are just a few things to look for when getting quotes for window and door Installations. You always want to make sure that you are receiving the best of quality in the materials used and in your contractor's ability to do the job right. Many people end up getting scammed because they didn't do their homework when searching for a contractor and in obtaining price quotes.