The quality, design, and materials of your windows and doors will dictate how they look and function, however the expertise and experience of the installation team will determine whether you will enjoy them and for how long. Even the highest quality products can cause issues and breakdown early with improper installation. You need to do your due diligence when choosing windows installers, maybe even more so than the type and style of windows you select.

The main question here is, how do I choose a windows installer? To help you answer this question, our experts have compiled their list of tips below.


Get Recommendations

To save time on searching for an installer but yet still have several expert installers to choose from, look no further than your social circle. Ask for recommendations from your friends, family and even neighbours. Let them tell you about the quality of the service they received, if they are satisfied with the end product as well as the warranty provided. With the help of the opinion of those you trust, it will be easier for you to find an experienced and trusted installation team for your project.


Evaluate Their Previous Projects

Irrespective of the recommendations and certifications of an installer, the best way to know what to expect from the windows installer is to inspect some of their previous projects. Their previous work will give you a good idea of how their final product looks, and in some cases, you may even get to speak with a previous customer. The installer can provide you with images and references to see their previous jobs.


Take Note Of Their Location

Although location does not affect the quality of the service provided by a windows and doors contractor, it can influence cost and timeliness. A contractor that specializes in your neighbourhood or city has probably worked on similar homes to yours in the past, and know what to expect in terms of potential issues. As well, a contractor that is based in a distant location from you, may charge a higher rate than someone closer to compensate for travel costs.


Look At Their Reviews

Getting references from friends and family is important, but understanding the general consensus on the work and service provided by the contractor can only be achieved by reading over their reviews. Generally, reviews give you a clear idea of what to expect in terms of customer service, installation, and quality. Looking at the posted reviews on the company’s website is fine, but remember these are all going to be positive, and may even be manipulated or even fake. Check independent review websites such as Yelp, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and Google reviews for a true understanding of the experience others had.


Be Cautious Of Lowball Estimates

It is always nice to find out that a project will be less than you originally budgeted, but if the quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. These lowball estimates may lead to low-quality window installations and shortcuts being taken. Both of which will lead to issues down the road, and may even end up costing you more if you are forced to replace your windows prematurely due to faulty installation.

When looking for a good window installer, your best option is hiring a windows and doors company that is well known and trusted for delivering excellent window replacement. Experience and know how are really the difference between a good installation and a great installation.