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Shopping for Replacement Windows? Here’s What to Expect

Expert Overview

  1. It’s a good idea to get a few different estimates and to compare products, prices, and warranties.
  2. You should be able to meet with a representative from a replacement window company in your home, so they can take measurements.
  3. The installers should take care of everything the day of installation, including cleaning up.

Replacing the windows in your home is not an everyday thing. In fact, there’s a good chance that it’s something you’ve never done before.

As you start the process of shopping for replacement windows, you may be wondering what to expect.

Because we work with homeowners every day, meeting with them in our showrooms and in their homes, we’ve pulled together a step-by-step guide for what to expect during your project.

1. Schedule an estimate.

The first step in the window replacement process is to schedule an estimate with a window replacement company. You may want to meet with several different companies to find the best fit for your home, your budget, and your priorities. Look for companies that offer flexible scheduling and free in-home estimates.

2. Meet with a representative at your home.

Next, you will meet with representatives from the window companies that you’ve selected. The representatives should meet with you at your home so they can assess your current windows and provide recommendations. The representatives should go over the different products, designs, financing, and warranty they offer. The appointment should be comprehensive, so don’t be afraid to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.

3. Get exact measurements.

Now it’s time to get your window’s exact measurements. While it’s easy to take your own measurements, your window replacement company should always send someone to your home to get detailed and final measurements before building your windows. This will ensure a precise fit and eliminate any issues that could arise from ill-fitting windows.

4. It’s time for installation.

You’ve chosen your windows, they’ve been built to your specifications, and now it’s time to install them! Your window replacement company should handle all facets of installation, including protecting your home from dirt and debris during installation, and cleaning up the work areas completely. The installers should also do a final walkthrough with you and make sure everything is perfect.

5. Windows should be guaranteed.

Your windows are now installed and should be performing as expected, but as we all know, accidents happen. Stray baseballs, harsh weather, and other unforeseen circumstances can all affect the performance of your windows. A good window replacement company should stand behind their windows and their service, and always make it right if something goes wrong.

Now that you know what you can expect from a quality window replacement company, you can feel confident moving forward in the process, and in knowing that you’re making a great investment that will increase the value of your home, keep you comfortable, and save you money on your energy bills.

Download our free buyer’s guide to reference during your window replacement project.

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