It is important to research and feel comfortable with home improvement contractors before choosing them to install your new impact-resistant windows. Besides having the proper license, there are also several things to cover before signing any contracts.
Below is a helpful rundown to assist you in your search.
License and insurance information:
Before anything else, make sure they are licensed contractor in your state. Find out exactly what they license if for and that it is still valid and legal. You can also ask for a copy of the license.
Get information on their worker’s comp and insurance liability policies. You want to make sure they are covered sufficiently in case of accident or emergency on the job.
General business-related information:
Be sure they are a member of the Better Business Bureau. This will ensure they have a quality business, and uphold best practices and don’t have a sketchy past with customers. You can also ask them to provide you a copy of the BBB report about them.
Ask how long they’ve been in business. While a new company isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you may find you are more confident in the work of a contractor who’s been installing these windows for several years already.
Find out if they are authorized dealers of the products they install and if they offer service on their products down the line. As an authorized dealer, you can be more sure their work is up to par. And by offering service to their customers, you know you have someone to turn to should you need any maintenance or replacements.
Prior work history and references:
Inquire about years of experience, specifically with replacement windows and doors. New construction and remodeling work, such as what you’ll need, are not necessarily the same. Be sure your contractor is experienced in installing on existing buildings.
Ask for references, preferably in your area. Ask for a minimum of three references that you can contact and possibly visit to get an idea of the kind of work they do and customers’ satisfaction level with the end product.