What to Look for in a Window Contractor

What to Look for in a Window Contractor
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    The best time of the year is here with the spring season already showing signs of kicking into high gear.

    Although the harsh icy touch of winter is now gone and you can finally open up those windows, the effects of winter might not go away so easily.

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The extremely cold temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere often shrink, warp, and bow windows and doors into becoming misshapen hunks of wood that need to be replaced by a window contractor. However, choosing a good one can be tricky work if you don’t know what you are doing.

In order to make sure that you choose the right contractor for the job, here’s a list of things that everyone should be looking for while hiring a contractor.

The Company Should Carry Insurance

Any window contracting company that you are planning to hire should carry both liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. You don’t want to be sued if the worker/workers get injured on your property. Check the certificates of insurance and make sure that they are up to date.

Something to keep in mind is that there are a lot of different types of insurance and you are looking for only two types; liability and worker’s compensation. Check the certificates and make sure that the company isn’t misleadingly referring to life or health insurance while claiming that they do have insurance.

Hire a Licensed Window Contractor

The licensing needs and rules vary greatly depending on the state you live in, but a license is always assuring as it shows that the contractor you are dealing with has reliable knowledge in the field. Remember that a business license is not the same as a contracting license and it most certainly isn’t proof of the fact that you are dealing with an expert in the field.

Alternatively, you can also look at the window contractor’s credentials. Credentials are given to a widow contractor after completing programs offered by several established window manufacturers and they can serve as proof of competence as well.

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Inquire About the Workmanship Warranty

The manufacturer warranty is supposed to protect you against faulty or subpar products, but the workmanship warranty comes from the contractor who installed the doors and windows in your home, which should extend at least for a year, if not more. Apart from asking the company itself, also inquire around a bit if you can about the contractor’s reputation in terms of providing post-installation services.

The warranty is supposed to be proof of the fact that the contractor is confident in his work more than anything else. A little digging around may also give you information on how often the workmanship of the company needs further work and how responsive they are while providing post-installation services.

Additionally, check the details of the contract thoroughly before signing and always compare the proposal with at least a few other contractors in the area to see if you are getting the best deal. Remember that low cost doesn’t always mean a better deal; in fact, a very low cost may actually mean that the company isn’t carrying liability and worker’s compensation insurance. It is advised that you pay a bit extra and choose someone who has the insurance in such cases.

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