It’s widely known that vinyl windows offer a great number of benefits to any property that they’re installed in. They typically boast much higher R-Values (insulation levels) than rival materials such as wood and aluminum, and they are also much more adept at tolerating extreme weather conditions, making them perfect for any property located in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. But does that mean that any window replacement “will do” when shopping for vinyl windows? Of course it doesn’t! You need to shop wisely to ensure that you get the best possible value for your money and we’re going to provide you with a few of our top tips to help you achieve that today.
Getting Value for Your Money When Buying Vinyl Windows
Going into this process ill informed is the worst thing that you can do and will leave you open to being persuaded into making a purchase that doesn’t represent good value for the investment made. To avoid this scenario, always keep the following points in mind when investing in a vinyl window replacement.
- Check They Are ENERGY STAR Certified – Many people think that it’s just a given that vinyl windows will be energy efficient, but you have to be aware that not all vinyl windows are manufactured to the same standards. Check that the windows installed by the contractor you contact have been independently assessed by the National Fenestration Rating Council and that the Energy Star certification was given. This ensures you can expect a certain level of performance from your new window replacement.
- Ring Several Contractors – Buying from the first windows and doors company that you get in touch with is a big mistake. They might offer you a good deal, but how do you know that another contractor might not be able to offer you an even better deal?! We would recommend you contact at least three or four companies and compare their quotes. Don’t just look at the cost of the vinyl windows either; the installation is just as important and one company may even offer free add-ons, such as additional repair cover, in order to try and secure the job.
- Carefully Read the Warranty – The warranty is something that less reputable contractors will try to use to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Before you say “yes, I’ll take them” to any contractor in a conversation about vinyl windows, you need to be sure of exactly what the warranty covers. Will the company repair the windows if their condition deteriorates very rapidly? What about if poor installation leads to high rates of air leakage (which will increase your energy bills and make it uncomfortable inside your home)?
You should also ask to see samples of the vinyl windows that the company could install for you, allowing you to personally check the quality of their construction, and you should choose a window style that is going to be easy for you to maintain, i.e. tilt and turn windows are often easier to clean than other styles. For more advice about vinyl windows or to contact our team for a quote, please call 1-855-814-1PRO today.
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Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.