A door or window replacement project is complex and requires careful planning to ensure the experience goes smoothly. Your windows and doors play a critical role in your home’s appearance, energy efficiency and comfort levels, so it’s important to make the most of your replacement project.
To ensure a smooth and successful window or door replacement, follow these tips:
- Be Clear About Why You’re Replacing Your Windows or Doors
Understand that high-quality windows and doors require a significant investment. Before you search the market for replacement products, make sure you have clear goals in mind that you want to achieve through this project. This will help you zero in on the right products, ensuring you make the most of your replacement project.
For example, many homeowners get new windows or doors to address problems arising from old, defective units. These problems can vary, but typically include air and/or water leakage and poor insulation. By understanding exactly what you want to get out of replacing your windows and doors, you’ll be able to better assess the options presented to you.
THE SEARCH: Take your time looking for the best replacement window and door products.
- Take Your Time Finding the Right Replacement Windows or Doors
With so many styles, shapes and sizes to choose from, it can take a while to decide which type of windows and doors will perfectly suit your home. Take the time to do your researc and consult with experts. This is not a decision that should be rushed. Again, getting new windows and doors can be a significant investment so you want to ensure that you’re making the right choices.
Aside from factoring in window or door style, you should also consider how energy-efficient the product you’re interested in is. Energy efficiency in the home is practical because it can help you cut back on your energy bills. Additionally,it’s a great and easy way to do your bit for the environment.
If you’re struggling to the right replacement units for your home, talk to your contractor about specialty or customization options available.
THE RIGHT MEASUREMENTS: Working with a professional ensures accurate measurements, guaranteeing proper-fitting windows and doors.
- Find a Reliable Contractor
The success of your replacement project depends largely on the skill and reliability of your contractor. To minimize headaches along the way, looking for a highly experienced, reliable window and door contractor is imperative.
The best way to find one is to check for contractors certified to install the window and door products you are interested in. Top manufacturers typically have certification programs in place, allowing them to train window and door professionals to install their products according to their specifications. Not all contractors, however, will meet the standards set by manufacturers. This means those who do receive certification are truly skilled and knowledgeable, giving you peace of mind knowing you’re working with a window and door contractor you can count on.
Don’t have a particular brand in mind? No worries. You can find a reliable contractor first and then start your search for the perfect replacement products from their selection.
To find contractors, take the time to reach out to your personal network and ask for referrals. Talking to friends and family gives you instant feedback you can use to assess whether a certain contractor can take care of your needs. At the very least, make sure you only consider candidates that are licensed to operate in your area and bonded and insured for your protection. Don’t forget to take note of how much experience a contractor has as well. Experience is indicative not only of skill but also the level of professionalism and customer service a contractor has to offer.
- Prepare Your Home for Installation Day
The beauty of working with a contractor is that they are there to take care of everything for you, including getting your home ready for your replacement project. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do yourself to hasten the process.
Window or door replacement entails removing your old units, making minor repairs if needed and the actual installation, all of which will require ample work space. With this in mind, you can prepare your home by moving furniture and other objects to make room in the job site. When the installation crew comes in, they can finish preps by laying drop cloths over everything in the work area, keeping debris away from your possessions.
POST-INSTALLATION CLEANUP: When you work with a certified contractor, part of the job you hired them to do is cleanup after the installation work has been completed.
- Don’t Forget About Warranties
With your new windows and doors in place, you can now breathe a sigh of relief because your project is done, but don’t forget about your warranties! Part of the perk of choosing products from top manufacturers and working with reliable contractors is access to generous warranties that protect both the materials and the installation work.
Exact terms may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and contractor to contractor but the longer the validity period, the more you can trust your replacements will last because the products’ manufacturer and your contractor are both willing to stand behind their work. Make sure you familiarize yourself with conditions necessary to keeping your warranty valid so you don’t forego the solid protection that comes with choosing quality replacement windows and doors.
Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to enjoy a hassle-free process before, during and after your new windows and doors are installed. To learn more about making the most of your window and door replacement project, don’t hesitate to give your local window and door expert a call today.
Kathryn Ruth spearheads Renewal by Andersen Seattle’s marketing efforts, drawing on 10 years of experience in the window replacement industry. When not busy planning and executing the company’s marketing and promotional activities, she takes the time to share what she knows with clients and homeowners through the company blog. Check it out for updates from Kat!