Choosing replacement windows or doors in Davis, California is not different than in any other part of the country. The one difference might be that because you live in such a desirable place, you could have certain expectations. That’s why there are a few aspects that you should think about before jumping in and making a decision about where to buy your new replacement windows or doors.
Start at the Beginning
As with most other things in life, when you start at the beginning and avoid cutting corners or trying to save too much time, you will be able to get the best products, the best service, and the best support for the life of your replacement windows and doors.
How important is the window contractor or company? Consider that the average window or door should last between 15 and 20 years and you will understand just how important it is to find the right company who will serve you, your home, and your family.
You may buy a new car every four to five years and even then, you likely shop around until you find the right deal and the right service and support. You’re also likely going to spend quite a bit more money on your car than you might consider spending on your replacement windows and doors. However, considering how important they are to your home and comfort, it deserves just as much discernment when choosing the right contractor.
What does a ‘Contractor’ mean? When we refer to a contractor, this could be a window and door company, but because they will also likely install the products that they sell, they are called contractors.
So what are the key traits that you should look for with the window contractor that you choose?
1. Integrity. When you’re going to invest thousands and thousands of dollars on replacement doors or windows, that’s a major investment. You deserve a contractor who has integrity, which means they will be honest, they won’t be looking to sell you on the first windows or doors that you see, and they will encourage you to take as much time as you need to determine which ones are right for your home.
Integrity is a rare quality in business these days, but a contractor that has it will also stand behind the products and the workmanship they sell and offer.
2. Patience. How many times have you walked into a store and felt as though the workers there, the salespeople were only concerned with ‘closing the sale’ and making sure you purchased something as quickly as possible? These are pushy sales tactics and you don’t need that when you’re looking at a major home improvement project.
The right window and door contractor will be patient and willing to let you look, answer your questions, and be there when you need help.
3. Experience. Could you get some good service and advice from a company or contractor that just started out? Maybe, but you’re talking about one of the most significant home improvement projects you’ll take on, so you deserve to have a contractor, or a team of contractors, with many years of experience.
You should also focus on those contractors who have a lot of experience with windows and doors, not just general construction or other home improvement projects.
4. Support. What happens when you have purchased those windows and had them installed? Will the contractor be responsive to you if you have questions or concerns? Or will your calls go unanswered for days or even weeks?
The right replacement window and door contractor will be there for their clients long after they have installed the windows and doors in their home. You are going to have those windows and doors in your home for more than 10 or 15 years, so you should have a company that stands behind them, and the installation.
5. Savings. The right contractor isn’t going to be trying to retire in five years by overcharging for the windows or doors that they sell. They should offer fair prices on not only the best windows on the market, but their installation rates should be more than reasonable.
6. Licensed, insured, and bonded. Every contractor that operates in the state of California should be licensed, insured, and bonded. However, there is an epidemic throughout the state with contractors who either use stolen or fake license numbers, or licenses that have long been expired. If that’s the case, then odds are they won’t be insured or bonded.
If you don’t think that this is a major concern, think again. Whenever someone is going to come to your home to do any type of work, there is going to be risks involved. Something could go wrong with the installation, they could drop the window, accidentally bump into a cabinet that holds some expensive vases or other things that can be broken. They could also cause damage to your home. You won’t need to worry about that when you choose a legitimately licenses, insured, and bonded contractor, which is why you should not only ask for this information and verify the license, but you should only consider choosing window contractors that have all three.
Finally, don’t neglect online review sites. You can learn a great deal about a contractor by reading some of the reviews that their previous clients have written about them. Don’t read one or two and assume that speaks to their abilities. Read several, both good and bad.
No one can please every customer every time, so there may very well be some negative reviews, so look for a pattern.
When you do your homework, you’ll know the right contractor for your replacement windows and doors right away.