If you’ve been noticing a draft in your home near your windows, condensation inside the glass in your windows or even abnormally high heating/cooling bills, it may be time to replace your old windows with new ones! OKNA windows are among the best replacement windows on the market, and for good reason! They provide all the comfort and functionality that a good window should at an affordable price! When it comes to replacing your windows, you want to make sure that you hire the right contractor. Deciding on the right company for the job is definitely something to take lightly. Unfortunately, many homeowners run into unforeseen expenses and headaches after hiring a bad window contractor! Today, we will be looking at a few important things to consider when looking for a contractor to replace your old windows with new OKNA windows.
OKNA Windows | Some Important Things To Consider
Make Sure The OKNA Windows Company Is Fully Insured and Licensed
One of the first things you should always do when considering a contractor – whether it’s for windows, siding, or anything in between – is ask about insurance and accreditation. Start by inquiring about comprehensive liability insurance. A contractor should be able to immediately provide you with their contractor’s certificates and proof of insurance. If they refuse to give you this information or blow it off as unimportant, then chances are, you’re working with someone who isn’t insured. The reason insurance matters so much is because you could actually be held responsible for a slip, fall, or other injury that happens on your property if the contractor doesn’t have a policy in place. This isn’t a position you want to find yourself in and could end up costing you well more than any window replacements ever would have.
But insurance, on its own, isn’t enough. You also want to verify that the contractor is licensed by the state and/or city where you’re located. Not every state requires licensure, but most do. In order to become licensed, contractors must take examinations and continue their education. If nothing else, this should put your mind at ease that you aren’t just getting some guy walking off the street.
Find A OKNA Windows Replacement Company That Provides References or Reviews
Getting licensed and insured takes time – and some basic working knowledge of window replacement processes – but setting up a business isn’t rocket science. Thus, it’s possible for licensed and insured window replacement contractors to perform low-quality work. This is where the significance of references and referrals comes into play.
Most contractors will list customer testimonials on their website or provide you with a list of references to review on your own time. While these are great, you also want to do some digging on your own. What do other customers – those not touted by the contractor – say about their work? Speak with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members who’ve had their windows replaced in the last couple of years. Who do they recommend?
Find A OKNA Replacement Windows Contractor Who Has A Reputation In Your Community
Experience is good, but local experience is better. While a new contractor in the area may not be bad, you should be skeptical about working with contractors who don’t have a history of work in your city or state. When contractors have years of experience in one area, this speaks to the quality of work they perform and the respect they have with customers. If they perform shoddy work, they would have been run out of business already.
Beware Of Getting Ripped Off By A Shade Company
While the majority of window replacement contractors are honest people working hard to make a living and support their families, there are always a few bad seeds in every location. These contractors make their living from scamming clients – and you don’t want to be their next victim. Here are some classic signs of scams and rip-offs:
Bait and switch. If someone walks into your home and advertises a $150 window, politely send them on their way. There’s no such thing as a quality $150 window and they’re clearly employing a bait and switch tactic that will require you to spend more on the backend for “unexpected” surprises.
Sign today. Window replacement contractors know how customers work and will allow you to get multiple bids before making a decision. If a contractor tries to get you to sign a contract while they’re there (likely advertising a one-day sale), they’re trying to rip you off.
Keep an eye out for scams like these. Most contractors are honest professionals, but always be critical when first meeting.
Get OKNA Window Quotes From Various Companies
Don’t automatically gravitate towards the contractor who offers the lowest price. If one quote is significantly lower, this may be a sign that they’re uninsured. (Since they don’t have to pay premiums, they can afford to lower their prices.) If one quote is significantly higher, they could be trying to scam you. However, if all bids come in right around the same figure, then you’re able to look at other factors when making your final decision.
Ask About The OKNA Replacement Window Process
There are many different processes for installing windows. When comparing contractors, ask for detailed bids that lay out the entire process from start to finish. Which kinds of windows will they be using? What techniques do they implement? How long will it take? While you may not know all the differences between different installation processes, asking questions can reveal any potential red flags.
Looking For OKNA Windows For Your Home?
If you’re in the market for OKNA Replacement Windows, contact Markey LLC today. For well over 25 years, Markey LLC has been providing homeowners with hogh quality OKNA windows and window replacement services. We take pride in our work and prioritize the satisfaction of your valued customers. We replace all types of windows including bow & bay windows, casement windows, double hung windows, garden windows and more! All of our employees are factory certified and we never use subcontractors. We specialize in OKNA windows. If you would like more information, contact us today!