Value of Choosing Local Window Dealers
8/18/2014 3:47:00 PM
Replacing the homes in your window is a major investment, so it is important that you make the right decision when you choose a company to install those windows. Do you go with a large national manufacturer or the little local guy? There are pros and cons to both that must be considered.
Let’s say you choose a large national window manufacturer.
A large national manufacturer for example may offer exceptional warranties, but how is their local service? Do they offer local showrooms or dealers? What happens if your windows have a problem and need to be repaired?
These are all legitimate questions to ask that can have a big impact not only on the purchasing process itself, but the ongoing support that you may need later on.
What about that local window manufacturer and installer?
Seems like a choice, right? Manufactured and installed locally, what could go wrong?
Well, for starters, what kind of warranty does your small local company offer? What happens if they go out of business? How does their quality compare to the large national brands with multi-million dollar research and development budgets?
These are all things that must be taken into consideration before investing thousands of dollars into new windows for your home.
Local Weather Shield Window Dealers
At Weather Shield we kind of take a middle of the road approach compared to many other large national window companies and small local window manufacturers. Unlike many of the other major window manufacturers, we do not have a nationwide network of corporate owned showrooms and installation teams.
Instead, we rely on trusted window dealers and contractors that know their local markets better than anyone. We provide them with ongoing training and continuing education programs to ensure they are abreast to new developments in the industry to ensure that they are providing our customers with the highest quality products and customer satisfaction.
When you choose Weather Shield premium dealers, you are getting the best in local service combined with the product quality and support of a leading window and door manufacturer.
We offer industry leading
and hundreds of trusted local independent dealers—so if you’re looking for a company you can trust for your replacement window project,
find a dealer in your area
What to Ask Your Local Window Dealers
There are several things that you should ask your local window dealer to ensure that you are getting the highest quality products and services. They include:
Are you licensed to perform this type of work in this state?
In most states contractors must be registered and licensed to perform home improvement work. Depending on the state you live in, the licensing process could be as simple as registering with the state while in others there may be a detailed qualification process including examinations. If your state has licensing requirements, always request to see the contractor’s license.
How many window replacement jobs have you completed in the past?
Although window replacement jobs may seem like they’re all the same, they can actually vary greatly from home to home. Before hiring a local window contractor, it is important that you ask how many similar projects that window contractor has performed. You do not want to be the first test subject!
Do you have a list of references?
Always ask for a list of references so you can see the work the contractor has performed and speak with former customers. This will give you a better idea of the quality of work this local window contractor is capable of and learn from those that have dealt with this contractor themselves.
Do you have insurance?
Any reputable local window contractor should carry personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage on their insurance policies. Before hiring a contractor, ask for copies of insurance certificates and make sure insurance coverage is up-to-date. If you do not verify that your window contractor has insurance, you will be financially responsible for any injuries that may occur to workers or damages that may be inflicted on your property.
How long have you been in business?
While new companies are not necessarily bad companies, we recommend looking for local window contractors that are well-established in your area. Check with local business rating organizations like the Better Business Bureau to make sure the contractors you are considering do not have outstanding customer complaints.
Find a Local Weather Shield Dealer in Your Area
If you are interested in
for your home and are in need of a local window contractor, visit our
dealer locator page
. Weather Shield has hundreds of local—independently owned—replacement window contractors that are trained and certified to perform your window replacement project.