After taking some time to think, you’ve made the decision to start shopping around for new windows. Most companies have a required in-home consultation process where you sit for a minimum of 1 hour with a representative and he or she will discuss the options. Then, you’re provided a quote based on several factors addressed by your design consultant. In-home estimates can take some time, but think of it as your chance to ask all the questions you can about window prices, installation, benefits, etc. We understand that customers live busy lives and just want to know the “how much?” but there’s so much more to think about when you’re replacing your windows. Here’s some questions you should ask your design consultant during your estimate:
What windows are best for my rooms? The climate of where you live can play a role in the type of windows you need. Windows suitable for certain climates are important in keeping your home energy efficient.
How do the windows operate? Different styles of windows can have varying locking and opening features. Some windows slide up or down, but others can tilt and turn out for easy cleaning. Your consultant may have samples available to try it out for yourself! This is also a great opportunity to address potential security locking features.
How long will the installation take? Typically, the process from sale to installation can take about 6 weeks. We custom make our windows to order, so they aren’t readily in stock just to deliver. Keep in mind that every window installation is different and can vary. Your manufacturer should keep you in the loop every step of the way if something changes.
What happens if I have any issues after my windows are installed? The last thing anyone wants is a damaged window. This is a great time to ask about the specifics of the warranties. Take time to ask thorough questions about what is covered before making a final decision. If we make an error during the shipment process, the replacement is on us.
There are tons of things you can ask based on your needs, but never forget to ask the questions that will result to best option for your home. Happy window shopping!