Getting your home’s old windows replaced should always be done by a professional, but who should you hire to get the most value out of your money? Is it fine to hire a general contractor or should you seek out a specialized window replacement company? Here’s our take on the matter.
A Matter of Expertise
Because of how complex today’s windows can be, they have to be installed according to manufacturer specifications to make sure they will function at 100% efficiency. A general contractor may be able to tear down your old windows, but installing windows (especially custom options) will require specialized training on the contractor’s part.
Better Warranty Coverage
While a general contractor may be able to offer basic warranties to cover for installation-related issues, they don’t always have the capability to ensure the quality of the window product itself. On the other hand, a window replacement company can provide more comprehensive warranties to keep you covered in case your window needs to be repaired or replaced.
Working in Tandem
There are cases when installing new windows will require some work on the wall to accommodate the replacements. If this is the case, the ideal option would be to have a general contractor working on the wall, then having a window contractor take over when the necessary non-window adjustments have been made. This is especially true when changing to differently-sized windows where extensive modifications to the wall is required.
When choosing a window contractor, you should always limit your choices to reputable and certified companies. Aside from having a physical address where you can meet them personally, working with a local contractor also means you’ll have your replacement windows installed by people who are familiar with the local climate and building regulations.
Have your new window replaced with help from the best in the area. Renewal by Andersen® of Portland is the leading window company in Portland, OR and other areas in Oregon. You can contact us at (503) 912-2668 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.