Hire a contractor to replace your windows
Replacing your home's windows is a major job, particularly if you're going to be altering their dimensions. Quite often, it's a job that proves to be too large even for the most determined do-it-yourselfer, and if you're finding yourself in that boat, hiring window contractors is an excellent solution.
These professionals offer a wide range of specialized services, from window repair to frame and glass installation and replacement. To help you find window contractors at the best possible price, there are a few ins and outs of the business you should understand which can affect the quotes you receive from contractors.
Factors Affecting Window Contractor Quotes
When it comes to extensive jobs, many consumers report dramatic differences between the quotes they receive from various window and door contractors. The work requested will be the same, yet the price differences reach into the thousands of dollars.
The quality of the materials is the number-one factor that will have a direct impact on the quote. Say, for example, you want new wood windows for your home. You collect three quotes, and there is wild variation among the three prices you're given. Why? One reason is that certain types of wood are superior to others; more expensive quotes are probably using better quality wood. The quality of the glass is a second issue; thick glass is more expensive than thin glass.
It's quite possible that the window contractor with the lowest quote will be using economical wood and thin glass, whereas the contractor at the high end of the spectrum will use premium wood and thick glass. It's also worth noting that higher-quality window materials will save you money in the long run, as they'll insulate your home better and lower your energy bills.
If the materials being used are identical and there is still significant disparity between quotes, look at each contractor's overhead. Window and glass companies with elaborate showrooms have much higher overhead costs than simpler, more barebones operations. Independent contractors with limited employees also face far fewer expenses than large operations with extensive payroll commitments.
Choosing a Window Replacement Contractor
New or replacement window contractors aren't all the same, either, so a given company or professional's reputation should influence your decision as much as the price. Ask each company that gives you a quote for references from satisfied former clients. Call these people and ask if the contractor did exactly what was expected, if the job was done on time and for the quoted price, and if they're happy with the results.