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Residential Window Installation Basics: Contractor, Warranty, and Materials

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report for 2017, upscale window replacements – either vinyl or wood – will net you a positive recovery value if you ever decide to sell your home. If you’re considering swapping out your old windows for some new ones this year, then, you have quite a lot to look forward to.

But even if you’re not thinking of putting your home on the housing market, a window replacement can still give your home for a plethora of advantages. Energy efficiency enhanced aesthetic appeal, and better protection from the elements are just some of them.

 Windows do a lot more than just give you the view; they are key factors in your home’s aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, and even protection from the elements.

To make sure that you get your money’s worth, however, planning must be precise and execution must be excellent. Here are some tips towards ensuring both.

Finding the Right Contractor

Your choice of window contractor is a major factor in the success of your window renovation project. The right professional can yield the promise of such a remodel, while the wrong one will not only waste your time and money, he may also put your home in danger. Fortunately, there are certain characteristics that are inherent in a good choice. These are:

Understanding Your Warranty

Different contractors offer different warranties, and some are better than others. Some replacement window contractors do not even offer a warranty! When commissioning a window project, be it an installation or a replacement, your warranty is what will ensure that you get a gift that keeps on giving – especially exactly when you need it to.

A good understanding of what your warranty offers is a good measure of whether you will get the coverage and support that you need after the products have been installed. Remember these factors:

Length of coverage. Some warranties cover longer than others. Look for warranties that provide at least ten years of support and coverage.

Type. There are full warranties, and then there are limited warranties. Full warranties are much more stringent and should meet the following five criteria:

Limited warranties, on the other hand, limit the liability of the manufacturer or service provider. Such a warranty may cover the replacement of defective parts free for a limited length of time, or require that the consumer ship the product to a manufacturer-approved service center.

Since distinctions between the two types of warranties can vary from state to state, the consumer must carefully read the literature and understand what is covered before the purchase.

Inclusions. Specifics also vary in warranties. Labor, at the very least, is something you should look for in an offered warranty program as this will help you make certain that you will not spend any more than you should, should the occasion ever arise.

Not all warranties are created the same. To choose the best one for your needs, always look at the length of coverage, type of coverage, and the set inclusions.

Choosing Your Materials

Finally, your choice of window materials will determine the satisfaction you will get from the project. There are several options you can choose from, including:

Your choice of window material will determine the satisfaction you will get from the project. Choose one that best corresponds to your home’s specific needs, your region’s weather conditions, and your own aesthetic goals.

Similarly, there are different styles that you can opt for. These include single and double-hung windows, casement windows, bow and bay windows, and even specialty windows. Additionally, there are accessories that you can invest in to boost your window’s attractiveness or energy efficiencies, such as grilles and insulated glass.

Remember, when choosing your material and style, it is best to consider your: 1.) home’s specific needs, 2.) your region’s weather conditions, and 3.) your personal aesthetic goals.


Author Bio:

As the president and general manager of Renewal by Andersen® of Los Angeles, Lance Schepps is committed to helping clients make their homes more energy efficient, comfortable, and beautiful. He believes that the first step to achieving these goals is to help homeowners make smart window replacement decisions. Check out the company blog for more of Lance’s tips, industry news and company updates.


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