Installing new windows and doors in your home can add style and boost your curb appeal — it can even help to lower your utility bills. But choosing the right window and door dealer is essential for any installation process.
From choosing the windows and doors to the installation, make sure you are asking your window and door dealer these important questions:
Choosing Your Windows & Doors
1. What are the options for interior and exterior finishes?
Choosing your windows and doors begins with aesthetic considerations. Make sure you are aware of all of the finishes available, both inside and outside, and ask to see samples so you can choose the door that will help you achieve the right look.
2. How do the windows and doors operate?
Not all windows and doors open and close the same way. Double-hung windows open differently than casement windows, and sliding doors open differently than hinged patio doors. It will be important to understand exactly how the windows and doors you’re choosing will operate, as the architecture of your home or the layout of your furniture may impact your options.
3. Do the windows and doors adhere to fire safety?
One of the most important considerations for your new windows and doors are their safety features. Do they adhere to fire safety standards? How do they operate in an emergency? Do they have child safety locks? Asking these questions will help you and your family have peace of mind.
4. How much maintenance is required?
New windows and doors are likely to involve less maintenance than your old ones, but certain materials demand a higher level of maintenance after installation than others. Ask your dealer about the maintenance requirements of the windows and doors your are considering so you’ll know what to do after installation to keep them looking their best.
5. What product and service warranties are available?
New windows and doors almost always come with warranties, but what the warranties will cover can vary. Some warranties only cover certain aspects or features of the window, while others are more comprehensive. You’ll also want to ask your dealer about after-care service and what you can expect from them following your installation.
Questions To Ask About Installation
Choosing the right windows and doors is the first step, but it’s also important to ensure that you’re asking your dealer the right questions about the installation process.
1. Are there hidden fees in the installation cost?
Some window and door dealers don’t include certain costs in the installation quote. It’s important that you ask up-front if there are hidden costs so you’re not caught off-guard when the installation is completed.
2. What can I expect during the installation?
As with any renovation, you should ask your window and door dealer what you can expect during the installation process. How long will it take? What do you need to do to prepare? Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that you and your installation team are on the same page from the beginning.
3. What kind of insurance or qualifications do they have?
While most window and door dealers and installers are reputable, there are a handful of underqualified companies. Be sure to ask your dealer if they have insurance so that your home is protected during the installation, and ask for qualifications so you know they’re legitimate.
4. Ask for references and reviews.
Many window and door dealers have an online presence, whether it’s a Facebook page or a website. Check out any reviews you can find (a quick Google search is sure to yield some reviews), or ask the dealer directly for references or referrals.
For more information, check out our latest tip video on asking the right questions when purchasing new windows. If you’re considering Ostaco Windows & Doors, find a dealer near you.