Finding Reputable Replacement Window Contractors
Your widows are an important part of your home. They affect not only how it looks but also how energy-efficient and comfortable it is! When you’re experiencing leaks, broken sashes, mold growth, or other problems, you most likely need window replacement – but finding good window contractors can sometimes be difficult. This is truer than ever today with more and more scammers as well as false information and misleading advertisements online.
So the big question is, “How do I find reputable replacement window contractors?” It’s not as hard as you may think! Although there are plenty of local replacement window contractors, some good research can help you narrow down your choices and find the best ones.
How to Find Window Contractors
The Internet is great – within seconds, you can get a long list of replacement window contractors in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. However, it’s pretty easy to buy a domain, put up false information, make up an address, and pretend you’re a real company. For homeowners who don’t know anything about windows except for the fact they need new ones, this inaccurate information probably doesn’t set off any warning bells and they call the contractors they think are legitimate.
Questions to Ask Potential Window Contractors
Fortunately, it often takes just contacting these “legitimate” replacement window contractors to find out they don’t seem to really know what they’re doing. This is why it’s a good idea to find more than just one or two potentials. Try to pick out at least five different contractors. This way you can narrow down your choices and find a couple that stand out.
Once you do have replacement window contractors you want to call, make sure you ask them all the same questions. It’s time for the second phase of your research! You need to “interview” the local contractors you found. The more questions, the better!
Make sure you ask questions like:
- Are you insured and licensed?
- What are your credentials?
- Do you provide written contracts?
- How much window replacement experience do you have?
- Do you have any references I can talk to?
- Can I see examples of previous work you have completed?
By asking these types of questions, you can weed out the companies that aren’t legitimate and even contractors who just aren’t very good. If replacement window contractors can’t provide references and aren’t licensed and insured, do NOT hire them! You could be in major trouble if an uninsured contractor gets injured while working on your property.
If a company seems great, go further and ask:
- Do you have a showroom where people can actually see the different types of windows you install?
- Have you won any awards?
- Do you belong to any professional associations (NARI, CBUSA, etc.)?
- Are you lead-safe certified?
Things like awards and showrooms where you can actually see the different types of replacement windows aren’t a requirement – think of them as an added bonus.
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