When it comes to choosing windows for new construction, or as replacement windows for your Calgary home, you want to make sure you invest wisely.
Making the best decision for your home or business starts with finding the right window company to help you find the perfect replacement windows, from vinyl windows to custom wood frames.
Choosing a window contractor is an essential step in any project involving your home’s windows. You want to know that you’re getting the best service, the best products, and the best pricing. Most importantly, you want your home to look great and function even better. That’s why it’s important to research any company with whom you consider working. According to This Old House, the right replacement windows can make a dramatic difference with any home, from appearance and curb appeal, to enhanced energy efficiency.
Yet styles, colors, materials, and companies abound with no shortage of options to choose from. So, how do you choose? This guide, brought to you the Window Mart, will walk you through the essential steps of finding the right window company in Calgary.
Signs of High-Quality Products
The first step in narrowing down companies is looking at the products they carry. Don’t be afraid to be picky. After all, replacement windows Calgary are a big investment that you’ll enjoy for decades to come. Look for thermal insulation, energy efficiency, durability, and a look to complement the style of your home.
We recommend vinyl windows because they are fade-resistant, weather-resistant, and far more durable than their wood and aluminum counterparts. As an added benefit, they come in a variety of styles and colors as well as being cost-effective and energy-efficient.
Vinyl windows come in a variety of styles, and with companies such as Window Mart often being able to order or make custom colors on request. Other options may include adding interior details like rosettes, or stain to mimic the look of natural wood without all the maintenance.
The first step in window shopping is to know what style of windows you want or need. Only then can you begin to sort those companies that stock or have available to order what you need/want.
Styles include the following:
- Single Slider
- Double Slider
- End Vent Slider
- Bay & Bow
- Single Hung
- Double Hung
Does the Company Focus on Energy Efficient Windows?
Residents of Calgary know all too well the changing seasons, and with those changes harsh weather ranging from blistering hot summers to frigid winters. This makes energy efficiency and insulation a key priority when shopping for windows.
The thermal insulation of our vinyl windows isn’t the only energy-saving feature to be aware of. Look for Low-E glass, warm-edge spaces, and window frames with unique air multi-chamber systems. All of this combined with uPVC powder compound vinyl can protect your home, protect the environment, and save you money.
Ask the window company if they carry CSA and Energy Star standards to know you’re getting the best in energy savings.
Check Company Credentials and Insurance
Always make sure that your installer is licensed and insured. Contractor work is a dangerous job; despite best efforts to enhance safety and prevent injury, accidents can happen. If your installer isn’t insured then you could end up liable for any damages.
Look for industry certifications, associations, memberships and any other indications that the company takes their business seriously and is an active and reputable member of the industry they specialize in.
Your due diligence should include researching the company, who they are, what they stand for, areas they service and their business registration.
Let’s face it: Calgary window companies are vying for your business. But not all businesses have the kind of reputation for service, quality, reliability, and excellence you’re looking for.
Start by reading online reviews both on the company website as well as independent sources on Google and social media sites. Look for reviews specific to those aspects of products or services that are important to you and your upcoming project. Ask the company for references and to see before and after photos of recent projects. Also consider how long the company has been in business. Newer companies are not “bad” by default, but those with lengthy track records of satisfied customers year in and year out give you a sense of reliability over the long term.
Updating, replacing or installing new windows can be an exciting prospect. It also generally represents a significant investment in the improvement of your Calgary home. As such, making sure you choose the right window replacement company is paramount. Follow the tips in this guide to make sure you find the right provider.