Hire the Right Contractor for Your Replacement Windows
January 23, 2008
Thinking of replacing your own windows? Before you break out the toolbox, you should consider the potential pitfalls of installing your own replacement windows. First of all, poorly installed replacement windows can cause sky-high energy bills by allowing air to leak through cracks and gaps. Air leakage can also bring about uncomfortable indoor temperatures, especially during cold weather. Additionally, badly sealed replacement windows may let water seep through, producing damaged caulking, unsightly mold, and wall rot. To ensure that your house's windows are properly mounted, you should seek the help of a reliable home contractor.
Find a Dependable Contractor
If one of your friends or family members has had a positive experience with a home contractor, you should stick with the known quantity. Otherwise, you can make a list of possible contractors, contact them, and ask lots of questions. Your questions may include:
- How long has he or she been in business? A good business record usually means good service.
- Can he or she supply a list of references? Depending on the size and expense of your house windows project, you might also ask to view an example of each contractor's work.
- What kind of insurance does he or she have? All contractors should be licensed to work. Otherwise, you could face liability issues.
Write a Contract
Once you've found a contractor to replace your house's windows, it might be smart to draw up a contract. Your contract should include the cost and materials for replacing your windows; the contractor's name, address, and phone number; and the contractor's starting and finishing date.
If any issues arise while the contractor is replacing your windows, you should first attempt to personally resolve the problem with your contractor. As a last resort, you can contact the Better Business Bureau or a local consumer protection office.