Getting new windows is an exciting part of remodeling almost any home. Before you choose the first Austin-based contractor out of the phone book and start the demolition stage of window replacement, though, you may want to do a few things. As you work to find the perfect contractor, keep these three questions in mind.
How are labor costs handled during warranty work? The chances are good that nothing will go wrong with your new windows, but in the event that something does happen, understanding exactly what that warranty covers is an absolute must. Almost every window manufacturer offers a product warranty, but not all installers offer to do that warranty work for free. Contractor fees generally run more than $100 an hour, so if the repair is something major, you can expect to be out the cost of a new window in some cases. Learn more about how warranty work is handled before you sign on the dotted line.
Is Low-E Coating Used? Technology has changed from the wood windows and putty of yesteryear, and Low-E is a big party of today’s replacement home windows. It’s a coating that can make a real difference in the energy efficiency of your home. It can even reduce the visible light coming into your home. There are so many different Low-E coatings, though, so understanding what might be available to you is essential. You may not only want to look closer at the level of protection each window offers, but also how efficient each model is. Often a sticker on the front of the window will help you learn more about how to reduce energy usage in your home. The lower the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, the better.
How is Glass Breakage Handled? A general warranty for your windows is an absolute must. If there’s a glass breakage warranty, though, you may want to consider that as well. For example, wouldn’t it be nice to get a free window if your neighbor’s lawnmower ends up throwing a rock through yours? It’s called incidental glass breakage, and some manufacturers have a policy that covers it. Labor fees, however, may not apply.
Replacing your windows can be a big step in the life of your home. Make sure you get the right contractor the first time. Even with the perfect contractor, though, do a bit of research on your own to ensure you don’t have any questions, problems, or surprises after the windows are installed. Learn as much as you can about what the warranty covers and how the windows will protect your home, then select a contractor and the perfect windows to help meet your needs.
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