How to find the right window contractor
Here are five things to keep in mind when choosing a window contractor:
1. Are they certified?
This is by far the simplest and easiest way to find a good contractor. There are many industry indicators of good work, including accreditations and certifications. So, what exactly does “certified” mean and why does it matter?
A certified contractor has a badge of approval from the manufacturer. For example, an Andersen Certified Contractor has proven to us that they are experts with our products and can back up that expertise with high quality installation and support. In fact, we offer an exclusive 2-year installation warranty for projects that are installed by Andersen Certified Contractors.
You can quickly find an Andersen Certified Contractor on our website.
There are also contractors with third-party installation certifications, not affiliated with any manufacturers. Whatever direction you go, be sure to ask if the contractor has any relevant certifications or accreditations.
2. How long have they been in business and what warranty do they offer?
3. Are they local?
4. What’s their online presence?
Next, do a quick search to find their website. If they don’t have an online presence, that should be a red flag. What you’re looking for is professionalism. Can you get in contact with them easily? Do they show examples of their work online? Have they posted projects to social media in the past year? All of these items add up to form an impression and can help you decide who to reach out to first.
5. How is their communication?
Ultimately, you should plan to meet with a few different contractors before selecting one. Keep in mind, you’re not just looking for the best quote. You want to find a contractor you feel most comfortable with. Who can accomplish your project goals? Who is best suited to help you select and install the right products for your project? Who puts your mind at ease?
If your budget is tight and you can’t afford the contractor you love, it’s best to save the money and wait until you are comfortable with the process so you end up with exactly what you want.
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