Posted on December 13, 2018
Consumer Reports is a great resource for any consumer who wants to protect themselves during a transaction. Their mission is to protect the consumer across the financial board, and, as such, has a large hand to play in the home improvement industry. There are, unfortunately, many contractors in the home improvement industry that do not take the consumer's best interests into account. This has led to the Consumer Reports' Guidelines on various home improvement projects, including those of replacement windows. Here is a summary of what they tell consumers, and here is how we adhere to those guidelines on behalf of the consumer, ourselves.
While saving money by reducing the energy costs of your home is a great incentive to buy replacement windows, it shouldn't be your only reason. Replacement windows are a great investment and should be treated as such. Consider replacing your home's windows because you want to redo your home's style, or because your windows are cracked or damaged. The energy cost savings is a great additional benefit, but shouldn't be your top concern when choosing to install replacement windows.
There are many different types of windows on the market, and it can be difficult to determine just which ones are right for you and your home. When looking at the different types of windows, make sure they have only the upgrades that are needed for your home. Living in Northern Virginia, your home is subject to harsh summer heat and humidity, as well as harsh cold weather. Therefore, you would want to look for a window that has the ability to protect from UVA and UVB rays, as well as has a solid seal against the outside, to keep out moisture from humidity and intense rainstorms.
No matter what type of windows you go with, Consumer Reports emphasizes that nothing is more important than the quality of your contractor and installation specialist. While the quality of the windows you choose matters, if they are not installed correctly, they will not be as effective, and will result in money being wasted. The correct contractor is imperative in ensuring that you get the best quality windows for your home.
To do this, you should look at multiple reviews of your potential contractor. As word of mouth is still the best way to judge the worthiness of a company, seeing how other customers react to the company's work, is a great way to determine if they are the right one for you. Additionally, looking at the various certifications and licenses the company has can give you a sense of how respected they are in the community and how they work with other contractors in the area. Finally, always choose a company that offers a great warranty. Those contractors that are willing to back up their work - like us, we guarantee a lifetime warranty for all of our installations - are going to be the more reliable contractors for your project.
Keeping all these guidelines in mind, we think we would be the best company for your window replacement project, and we are eager to help you get started. If you would like more information, or would like to receive a free estimate for the work, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (703) 828 - 7414, to get started today!