The decision is made to remove the old Calgary windows and install new ones. All the details about financing are worked out so the project can begin immediately. You even have a good idea of what window designs would work best for your home. The only thing lacking now is to find the right contractor for the job. Here are some examples of the qualifications that the ideal contractor will possess.
Does the Contractor Have Experience With Residential Window Replacement Projects?
Some window and door contractors focus primarily on commercial projects. That means the professional has a lot of experience with projects like store windows, replacing windows in municipal and office buildings, and other structures that are used for public or commercial purposes. Since you are replacing the windows in your home, it makes sense to scan the options in the local market and find contractors who either exclusively take on residential projects or at least do quite a few of them each year.
Confirming that the contractor has plenty of experience with residential projects is important. There are standards that apply to residential structures that are different from those required for commercial structures. Your contractor will know the difference and ensure your new windows are in line with current safety codes in Calgary.
Verify the Contractor’s Credentials
Only deal with contractors who have current business licenses. This is important because a license is a sign that the contractor does have a vested interest in building the business in the local community. In terms of protections for you, the fact that the professional has a valid business license means it will be easier to seek recompense if things don’t turn out the way you anticipate and there are problems the contractor does not want to address. It’s easy enough to check with the local registry to confirm that the license is up to date.
You also want proof that the contractor maintains liability insurance on each project he or she takes on. The liability coverage will come in handy if any type of damage is done to the home while the new window installation is taking place. Should someone be injured due to actions taken by the installation team, the insurance will cover the costs of medical care. In like manner, if any of your property is damaged as the result of actions by the crew, the money will be there to take care of the repair or replacement. You will also find that reputable contractors are more than happy to provide proof of the insurance they maintain for their projects.
Which Window Manufacturers Does the Contractor Recommend?
It’s possible to purchase standard and custom windows from a number of different manufacturers. The thing to remember is that the quality of those windows will all meet the minimum standards set by the government but they are not necessarily equal in terms of the materials used, the number of years they will last, or how well they hold their appearance.
When you approach a contractor, always find out which manufacturers the professional tends to call upon most often. Feel free to ask why that particular brand is preferred over others. The fact that the contractor is willing to discuss this detail with you indicates that the professional wants to make sure you are happy with every aspect of the project.
Ask About Warranty Protection
While you are inquiring about why the contractor prefers to work with specific manufacturers, remember to ask about the warranties available with any of the windows Calgary that you select. While the expectation is that the windows will function properly and last for a long time, even the best companies will have the occasional window slip their quality control procedures. Should that happen and you end up with a window that has some type of factory defect, you want to know that the manufacturer will provide a replacement at no additional cost.
Does the Contractor Guarantee The Work?
The warranty applies only to the new windows proper and not to the process of installation. That’s the reason you should ask the contractor what sort of guarantee is available for the work. A contractor who offers a guarantee and stands behind the commitment is one you want to get to know a little better. It will also mean that if there is a minor issue with the way a frame is set into the opening, the professional will be back to correct the problem.
Willingness to Provide References
Contractors understand that prospective clients will want references. When you ask for any, make a note of how quickly they are provided. Even though you can go online and search for reviews, it’s worth asking for at least a few. When the contractor supplies them readily, then you know that there are satisfied customers out there who have agreed to talk with new clients. Along with giving the contractor credit for anticipating your request and responding so quickly, follow up with those references and ask any questions you like. The answers will go a long way toward helping you make the right choice.
What Do Your Instincts Tell You?
Once you are satisfied with the brand of windows recommended and the general qualifications of the contractor, focus on what your instincts are telling you. Do you feel comfortable with the ease of communication with the professional? Do you feel that your questions are taken seriously and that the contractor is genuinely invested in making sure you receive the best service available in the Calgary market? If your general impression is positive and you have a lot of confidence in the contractor’s ability, it’s time to strike a deal.
Remember that installing new windows in your home is a major investment. You want everything to go perfectly. Take your time and learn as much about a potential contractor as possible. You will be happier with the outcome now and in the years to come.