When you’re making a drastic change to your home such as replacing your windows, it is important to be as informed as possible. This goes as far as asking your window installer anything that might come to mind. In order to get the best understanding of your recent purchase it is important to know the in’s and out’s of the window replacement process. Proper installation is key to ensure that your are happy with your purchasing decision. Poor installation can lead to problems and headaches that nobody want’s to deal with. We’ve determined 3 key area’s you want to concentrate your questions on when talking to your installation crew.
Window Installation Cost
This seems like almost a no-brainier, but there can be some specific fees that are important to keep in mind before beginning the installation process.
Is there a fee for the estimate?
Ask your installer if they charge for the estimate or consultation. Some companies will charge you without your knowledge, then add it to your final bill. It is important that the company you are working with is honest and upfront with consultation charges. HR40 windows offers free consultations to all of their potential customers to ensure that they get the proper information needed to make a smart purchasing decision.
Do you handle trim work?
Not all contractors handle the interior and exterior trim for free. In fact some don’t even handle it at all. It is important to know whether or not this is going to come at an extra cost, or if you’re going to spend your next weekend working on this project.
What are the payment terms?
Make sure that you are aware of the contractors payment terms before hand. Is the payment upfront, after completion or both? Is the payment in cash or are you billed? While it seems like a minuscule detail it is vital to know these things to save you from having a miscommunication later on.
Professional Experience of The Installer
It’s also good to know the experience level of the contractor installing windows in your home. You shouldn’t be paying the same rate for a team of highly trained professionals as you are for someone with limited experience.
What experience and certifications do you have?
The level of experience that your contractor has can definitely impact the rate. In general you can expect to pay more for someone with years of experience and quality references. Experience can also vary per member of the team working on your project so be sure to ask beforehand about each specific member’s level of experience.
Certification is also important and an indicator of experience. HR40 windows makes it a priority that their contractors are certified in all aspects of the window installation, across a variety of brands and styles. This is important because some contractors are only certified in a singular brand or style of window. However, when you work with an HR40 team you can trust that everyone on the project is certified.
Do you have examples of your past work?
Ask to see some samples of the past work that they have done. Quality contractors should have references and examples of previous projects to show you. It is also fairly simple to do a bit of your own research to validate the installers claims. For example, online review sites such as Yelp or Angies List can help validate some of the claims that they make. It is likely that you will be able to find one helpful review about your contractor on these sites.
Who will be present during the installation?
Make sure you are aware of all the people at the company that will be handling the installation. Most contractors have their own crew or will work with subcontractors. Be sure to ask questions about the crew members designated to your installation. It’s vital to know that the crew present working at your home has the skill and expertise you’ve been guaranteed.
Window Project Timeline
You’ll need a clear idea of how long the project is going to take. You don’t want installation day turning into installation week. You’ll also want to know how the weather and other factors can cause delays to this schedule.
How long does the window installation take?
Replacing the windows to an entire home takes a lot more time than replacing a singular window. You want to make sure that the installer has a clear idea of what needs to be done and a detailed timeline before beginning the project. This will help the contractor give a more accurate estimate of how long the project should last.
Installers that give a very vague time line could have limited experience. This is especially important for larger window projects because they can be very drawn out if they are not managed well.
How does the weather impact the timeline?
There are several factors that can impact the timeline of your project. Weather is one of the biggest of these factors. Ask your contractor how bad weather is going to affect the timeline of your project. Some contractors may have a large queue of projects so if the weather affects one then your project may be delayed for longer than you’d like.
How do you protect my home during the installation process?
Things can get quite messy during a window installation project and the clean up can take some time. It is important to know how the contractor will prevent the mess from getting out of hand, and how to ensure that your home will be protected.
What to expect from HR40 window installations?
When you choose HR40 windows you can expect nothing but the best for window installation. Upon arrival out team will park in a convenient location, review the installation plan, and protect your home with drop cloths. This level of care is displayed throughout the entire window installation process.
HR40 provides only the best contractors that use exclusive methods to replace your windows and doors in the most convenient and efficient manner. They can install the windows and doors in almost any weather, contain their work so that there’s little to no disruption to your home and update you on the status of the job throughout the day so that you are constantly aware of the progress.
Finally, HR40 windows team is well aware that the clean-up is almost as important as the installation. You shouldn’t be burdened with cleaning up after you just got your windows replaced. HR40 contractors will clean up after themselves, and take away your old windows. In addition, they will also show you how to operate your current windows and doors. All that is left is for you to enjoy your new windows!