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Questions To Ask When Buying Replacement Windows

| October 6, 2014
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Like all major purchases for your home, buying replacement windows can be a time-consuming and stressful process. Whether you are replacing them because you want to improve your energy bills with energy efficient windows, or they no longer function the way you want, here are some questions to ask when shopping for new windows.

What is the company’s reputation?

You have an idea about buying replacement windows, but who should you buy them from? A good rule of thumb is only work with a window company that meets your exacting standards, and reputation is key.

Reputable companies are well established, even if they have only been in business for a short time. They provide quality references from a variety of clients. You can check their references, reviews on the Internet, and with the local Better Business Bureau to see if they have a good track record with customers.

When checking references, be sure to inquire about installation. Any company can sell a window, but not all will install them so that your windows are air and water tight. 

Does the company make use of the latest technology?

When you look for a company to replace your windows, check for the product variety but also up to date technological advances in window hardware. New window technology can impact how well your windows open and close, which will add to the energy efficiency rating of your windows. And, with the latest technology for window lock features your windows are more secure and will make your home more secure too.

Do they work with energy efficient products?

If your main reason for replacing windows is to improve energy efficiency, then the question is not if they are energy efficient, but how many additional features they have. Energy efficient windows are the norm, but you can add on additional features depending on the climate you live increase efficiency. For example you can select glass that works best in your climate, like controlling for sunlight.

Buying replacement windows paired with other energy saving products like screens and blinds can greatly increase energy efficiency, so choose a company that sells both. A solar screen or blind can control how much light, and heat, comes into your home through windows, which lets you have better control over your energy bills and your carbon footprint. They protect against damaging UV rays adding to the life of your furniture, and add privacy and security to your home.

Can you get custom options?

The best window companies will customize your order by colour, texture and window style to ensure that you do. Customization should also extend to the shape of your windows or function, including vertical or horizontal sliding windows.

What is the warranty?

A window replacement company that does not offer a warranty should be avoided. Reputable companies offer 40 year warranties that are transferable.

These five simple questions will make buying your replacement windows less stressful and ensure that you get the company, and the products, that work best for you and your family.


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