11 Tips On Buying Windows

  1. All windows are not created equal. They may look similar during a quick glance but a closer look often reveals the truth.
  2. Dealing with a local company allows buyers to take their time in their buying decision. A salesman who has travelled some distance to quote on your home will be more apt to “force the sale”.
  3. Job references are a great tool that is too often under-utilized by the buyer. Ask for several in your area. Drive by and look at the quality of the work and product.
  4. Referrals are a great way to narrow a buying decision. Ask your co-workers, neighbours & friends that have had their windows done for the name of the company they chose.
  5. Visit their showroom. A reputable company will have a place where you can look at the products they carry. This will also allow you to get a feel for how the company runs it’s operation.
  6. Ask questions. The more you know about the products and companies you are considering, the better off you’ll be come decision-making time.
  7. Think ahead. A lead time of 5 to 8 weeks is common in the window industry. If you are tying windows into another renovation in your home, keep this in mind-it can save you headaches later on.
  8. The 3 Qs of quality: A quality product coupled with a quality installation will yield a quality finished job. A simple formula that always works.
  9. Shop Smart. Don’t be lured by “specials” and “super deals” that are “on for a very limited time”. Companies that would like you to “hurry and save now” often don’t have your best interest in mind. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  10. A company that specializes in windows is typically a better choice that one that attempts to be all things to all people. The saying goes: “Jack of all trades, master of none!”
  11. A company that has been in existence for many years must be doing something right. Using such a company will allow you to benefit from their experience.