Unless you are an extremely proficient do it yourselfer, when it comes time to update your windows and doors, you will need to hire a professional installer to complete your project. With a large number of windows and doors companies out there vying for your business, how do you choose the best one to complete your project? And how do you select the right replacement windows for your home? Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to selecting the right contractor. What we always suggest is going with your ‘gut feeling’, this really means being comfortable with the contractor you partner with, and trust their recommendations.

Before you sign any agreements, you should ask several questions about the potential replacement windows. Asking questions will assist you with building rapport and trust with your contractor and ultimately help you with choosing the right windows for your replacement.

Let’s take a look at the four questions you should ask when choosing replacement windows.

How much will the replacement windows cost?

Like other home renovation projects, there are varying rates for window replacements. The price varies based on the installation method, window materials, features of the windows and installation timeline to name a few factors. When meeting with potential contractors, ask for a written estimate if they don’t provide you with one. This will help you budget for the replacement project and hold the contractor to the approved pricing.

What materials are the window frames and sashes made of?

The window frames and the sashes are both important components of any window. If your frames and sashes are of high quality, you will be able to enjoy using your windows for a very long time. If not, you may find yourself needing to complete another replacement sooner than expected.

Wood, aluminum, vinyl, and composite materials are commonly used to manufacture windows. Each of these window types come with their own pros and cons, conducting your own research on the suggested windows type will help you with your selection.

What type of glass is utilized?

When we are talking about window glass, we are not referring to the make-up of the glass itself, but more about how the glass is utilized. Double paned glass (windows made up of two pieces of glass spaced apart) are the minimum standard for today’s windows. But there are triple and even quadruple paned windows available. The more panes, the more energy efficient a window is. Above the number of panes, you should ask if the space between the panes is filled with an energy saving gas such as krypton or argon gas. Additionally, knowing if the glass has a Low-E coating is also important as this can determine the windows effectiveness in deflecting UV rays.

Do the windows have warranties?

Understanding the type of warranties that cover your windows and the installation is key to making the right decision for your replacement windows. A reputable windows and doors company will provide a warranty that covers both workmanship and materials. It’s not enough to just have a warranty on the windows themselves, as you will still need to pay to have the defective window replaced if you need to make a claim. If the contractor is not guaranteeing the workmanship or is not providing the details of the warranty in writing, you should move on to another contractor.

Choosing the highest quality windows for your replacement project is not enough to ensure you are completely satisfied with your decision. Partnering with an experienced, reputable window contractor to manage the installation is equally as important.