Window and door replacement are a common issue that many homeowners eventually face. You have just returned from the office or are standing in your living room, and look out the window and realize that the window frame is very dirty and the windows have become stained and pitted. They have been painted over various times and do not look great anymore. These issues can typically affect the comfort level of your home that is why replacing these outdated, old and worn out windows is very vital.
Canadian Choice Windows & Doors offer custom windows and doors to help enhance the aesthetic look of your home and make it more energy efficient. Our wide range of stylish and well-insulated doors and windows Barrie will suit the style of your home while helping you save money on your bills. We also offer replacement windows and doors that are innovative and superiorly manufactured.
Choosing the best window company
Choosing the right window company can be a bit overwhelming especially when there are so many companies to choose from. Moreover, if you are replacing your windows for the first time, then it is vital to know what to look for. Although you can ask friends and family members for recommendations, it is better than you do some research on your own also. Following are some points worth considering when hiring a Barrie window company:
The company carries quality product
In Canada, all windows are tested and certified under the requirements of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). CSA utilizes ENERGY STAR guidelines to determine whether a company’s windows meet the climate requirements of Barrie.
Therefore, it is not advisable to purchase Barrie windows that do not meet CSA or ENERGY STAR level requirements. An efficient window is one which gains more heat than it loses. Most casement windows do not have a problem meeting the performance requirements, but the same is not true for slider windows.
The company provides the material you require
Does the company carry the type of windows that you want for your home? If they do not carry the materials that you require can they procure it for you? Do they provide free consultation and recommendation that will suit your style of home best? While you may think that casement windows are a good option for your home, but what if they are not? By conferring with a professional, you will be able to make a better choice for your home.
The company carries proper certification and licensing
Whenever you are looking for a company make sure that they have a valid license. This will help you determine whether the company is committed to providing quality services to its customers for a long time. Secondly, a company that has proper certification and licensing is unlikely to disappear once the project is complete. This is particularly helpful if you encounter a problem with your Barrie windows after a few years and need them to solve it.
The company has experience
Always choose a company that has an experience of at least 10-12 years. A company that has been around for so long is bound to be proficient in its field. However, sometimes the company is new, but the contractors and owners have many years of experience; therefore, they can also be strong contenders to provide Barrie windows. Also, find out the replacement window projects undertaken by the company to make sure that they will be able to handle the replacement window styles you want for your home.
The company does quality work and provides a guarantee
When it comes to windows and door replacement, longevity is typically synonymous with quality. Surely new windows installed will work great the first couple of weeks but will they be able to perform equally well after 15 or 20 years. This depends greatly on the quality of the product and how they are installed. For example, vinyl windows have a life of 25 years; therefore, you should look for companies that offer warranty close to that timeline.
Moreover, find out how long the vinyl extrusions, glass units, and labor are covered for. Some companies offer a 5-year labor warranty but classify things such as unit replacement as ‘skilled labor’ and may charge you separately for it.
Warranty terms, who is responsible, and what is covered are areas that often cause the biggest disputes between window companies and homeowners. Make sure that your chosen company does quality work. Talk to their representatives to find out the steps taken by the company to ensure the quality of work. Also, be sure to find out the guarantee period. If the company is providing a lifetime guarantee, then you can be sure that they will provide excellent quality of work.
The company has a solid reputation
In a few cases, a company that has been around for a long time may still have a shaky reputation. Therefore, it is important to read customer testimonials on their website and browse through photos of their before and after work to make sure that they have a solid reputation. There is a great chance that you will come across some people who were not satisfied with the job done by the window company but find out if they all had the same problem. It is hard to satisfy every client, but if multiple people experience the same problem, it is better to avoid that window company.
The company provides excellent customer service
What kind of customer services does the company provide? The company that you choose should be responsive, friendly and knowledgeable. Try to find out how they handle problems that arise after a few months or years after installation. For this purpose, you can request a referral from a project that involved a complaint. Also, find out if there have been complaints filed against the contractors that you have chosen and how were they resolved.
The company employs dedicated people
You cannot choose a window company just by looking at an estimate and comparing prices. Sit down with each contractor for about an hour to find out about the company and to explore the possibilities. Make sure that the contractor is knowledgeable and takes pride in his work.
Window replacement is a substantial investment; therefore, if you are looking to replace windows in Barrie, it is imperative to learn more about the window companies in your area before choosing one. This will help you save money and have peace of mind in the long run.