Homeowners are finding that their older and worn windows are having a substantial impact on their home energy efficiency and costing them more money along the way. The obvious solution is replacing the windows, but in this rough economy, the pressure to cut costs can lead many to fall into pitfalls along the way. Here are five common mistakes that homeowners make when buying replacement windows:
1. Buying the Cheapest Replacement Windows You Can Find
You may think that all windows are the same, but you get what you pay for. The low price seems great, but you might end up selecting something that is cheaply made and not durable for your climate conditions. Living in Central New York, you want windows that are going to withstand harsh winters and save you energy in the process!
2. Not Hiring A Specialist
Because home energy efficiency is a somewhat new concept, most people are not informed in the world of windows. Don’t rely solely on what you think you know. Find an expert contractor who has been in business for a number of years.
Since 1989, New York Sash has been providing high quality products to the Mohawk Valley. We provide homeowners with information needed to make educated decisions on home improvements.
3. Improper Installation
How do you prevent mistakes from happening during the installation process? Make sure the contractor has been trained and authorized by the manufacturer to install the windows. Many contractors hire sub-contractors for the installation process, which leads to miscommunication. Verifying that your window contractor is actually the one installing the windows could save you from an unforeseen problem.
At New York Sash, all our products are installed by our own factory-trained professional craftsmen, who are 5-star certified, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Trained and Lead Safety Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
4. Selecting Non-Brand Names
Whatever window selection you make, choose a top and respected window brand. Homeowners often piece together the home remodeling process – by buying off-brands you are taking the risk that the same windows and replacement parts won’t be available in the future.
Not only does New York Sash provide and install our products, we also stand behind them 100% – providing a full-service department to honor all warranty and guarantee promises made, which gives our customers complete piece of mind.
5. Not Asking Enough Questions
Consider asking questions about the contractor’s reputation. Do they have references? Are they insured?
Once those questions are answered, try their name in a search engine. If other homeowners have dealt with the company you are interested in, they will inform you of positive and negative experiences. When it’s your money and home on the line, there are no “stupid” questions.