What to Look For In A Window Installer
Let’s face it: new windows aren’t cheap. That means you can’t afford subpar labour; you need window installation services that do the job right. After all, when windows are poorly installed, they don’t look as good, and they don’t insulate as well; in other words, you’ve wasted a lot of money. Finding a good window installer isn’t always the easiest thing, but with a few tips, you’ll be on your way to finding the right service.
Certification is important anytime you have a tradesperson working on your house, be it for plumbing or windows. When it comes to windows, the best way of finding out whether or not a tradesperson is certified is to see whether or not they have the endorsement of the manufacturer; the Government of Canada conveniently provides a list of window manufacturers. When it comes to Polar Windows, you know the installers are manufacturer endorsed; that’s because all of our installation team is in-house, just like our manufacturing team. In other words, the same people who make the windows are installing them; it’s pretty much the best endorsement you can find!
A good window installer should give you a precise estimate. That doesn’t just mean they should tell you about how much it will cost. The estimate should be incredibly detailed, including the estimated timeframe, and a breakdown of the cost into different categories, so you know exactly what you’re being billed for.
Your estimate should also include information about how the installation will proceed. Let’s say you’re getting windows installed in the wintertime; how will the installer prevent blowing snow from entering your house and interrupting the installation process? A good installer will be able to answer any and all questions you might have about the process.
Getting other people’s opinions on an installer’s work is the best way to guarantee you’re in good hands. There are three real tiers of review. The first is a referral from someone you trust intimately; a friend or family. Failing this, you can go to a professional who wants to keep a good relationship with you; a doctor, lawyer, or banker who recently got windows installed is a good bet. The second option is referrals from the installer; ask them for a list of people you can call to confirm their good work. The third, and least useful, is online reviews: a lot of 5-star reviews are a handy indicator, but you want to delve a bit deeper, because online reviews can be gamed.
See Their Work
Take a look at the installer’s portfolio; see whether or not you like the work they’ve done. Windows are exterior, so if you want to go the extra mile to do your due diligence, you might ask referrals if you can drive by their home to check the windows. The best homes to check are those where installations took place some time ago, so you can see whether or not wear and tear has affected the installation drastically.