Whenever you have questions about something, where do you turn? If you’re like most reasonable people, you turn to experts. People who know a great deal about the topic that you have questions about.
When it comes to replacement windows, it makes sense that you should look to a company that does nothing but sell and install windows to homeowners throughout Greenbrae and the surrounding areas.
There are going to be a number of choices, though, with regard to companies that sell replacement windows. So how do you know that you’re going to end up choosing the right company that is going to give you the best information, and that is going to offer you the best insight into determining which windows are ideal for your home?
Sometimes, things feel as though they are nothing more than chance. However, you can do a lot to ensure that when you want to know everything that there is to know about windows and window replacement, that you get the right experts to answer your questions.
What kind of questions might you have about replacement windows?
You might find that you just don’t much at all about replacement windows. However, you are pretty sure that it’s time to consider having the windows in your home replaced.
So let’s look at some of the more common questions that homeowners have about windows in their homes.
1. Do my windows need to be replaced? Or can they be repaired? You might be looking at your current windows and are wondering whether they need to be replaced. You might have been talking to your family, or you have a friend who recently had their windows replaced, and they have told you that you might not need to have them replaced at all.
Sometimes, windows lose the seal that keeps the glazing sealed. This could lead to moisture getting on the windows, corrosion occurring within the panes (that make it almost impossible to actually clean the glass now) and other issues. If the windows are not that old and this happens, it’s not likely going to happen with all of the windows.
So, it is possible that the condition or situation with your current windows is not going to require that you replace them altogether.
2. What should I expect to pay for each window that I’m considering having replaced? This is the type of loaded question for which there are not right or wrong answer. Every home is different and every window is going to be different as well.
You shouldn’t expect to pay the same for a bay window that you might for a double hung. You will also pay more for different types of glazing and energy efficiency. Some windows are designed to allow you to clean them from the inside of the house (meaning you can clean the inside and the outside of the windows without having to go outside).
Every aspect and feature about windows is going to affect the price, so you’re not going to be able to find that answer from a quick Internet search. You can certainly get an idea about the price range, but you should reserve judgment about pricing until you know what you want and you get to actually see some of the windows that you might want to purchase for your home.
3. I could save a lot of money at the home improvement store in town. Why not choose that option? If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve been led to believe that everything you buy from the super stores like Home Depot is of the highest quality. However, in most cases, they can deliver the low prices that they offer because they choose the lower quality products.
The windows and even the doors that you find at these type of home improvement monsters are the lowest quality, dollar for dollar, that you’re going to get. They aren’t going to do anything to help your home’s comfort or value.
Take a moment to understand that the windows you choose for your home are going to have a direct impact on the value of your home. In other words, when you choose higher quality windows that have good features, that are energy efficient, and are going to last for a long time, then this could actually help to increase the value of your home.
4. What about installation? Do I need to worry about that? In a word, yes. You should always be focused on every aspect of replacement windows, from the time that you step foot in the store to look at the different options that are available to you to the moment when you have them installed.
Some companies will hire independent contractors to install the windows for you. These contractors don’t have any direct relationship with the company, other than the fact that they do the manual labor for them. You might not have any choice on who they send to your home.
If the windows that you choose for replacement in your home have a warranty from the manufacturer, did you know that if the contractor isn’t certified by that manufacturer to install them and something goes wrong, they might not honor the warranty?
It’s absolutely essential that you choose a company with which you will be comfortable, that knows everything there is to know about windows and will take the time to answer your questions and make you as comfortable as possible, and will install them for you so that you know they are being installed properly.
Some companies and salespeople secretly frown at all of the question their customers ask. That’s because it takes time to answer them. However, at American Window Systems, Inc., we encourage you to ask questions.
This is a significant home improvement project and as such, you should know everything that you want to know about replacement windows. When you have questions, call on the experts at American Window Systems, Inc.. Since 1976, we have been answering those questions for our customers, near and far.