Whether you’re having windows replaced in your current property or freshly installed in a new one, window installation is a big investment, so it’s important that it’s done right. After all, a shoddy job could result in uncomfortable draughts and energy wastage, plus, it’s bound to cost you a fortune further down the line. With this in mind, it’s essential that the job is completed to the highest standard first time round- but what can you do to make this a certainty?
Whilst window installation should undoubtedly be left to professionals, finding the right team for the job is the first part of the process, and this is where your role is crucial. Rather than settling for the first company you find, doing thorough research and asking the right questions is the key to finding the best installers for the job. Plus, it’ll give you peace of mind that your project is in the best hands possible.
Finding the perfect window specialists to bring your property to life can be a lengthy, multifaceted process and, for those who are new to major home improvement projects, it can be difficult to know where to start. So, to help you conduct thorough and constructive research, we’ve listed our top tips for finding the most reliable window installers around.
Ask about the services offered by window companies
First things first, finding out the finer details of the services offered by a window company will help you ascertain whether or not they’re the right team for your project. For example, if you’re looking for aluminium window frames, it’s essential to find a business that can supply and install this product as, if a company specialises solely in uPVC, you’ll need to continue your search.
Secondly, it’s important to ensure that a company is equipped to install the type of window you’d like. From casement to awning, there are tons of window styles to choose from, and more complex installations such as roof lights and lanterns won’t be offered by every window company. So, to ensure you don’t waste valuable time liaising with a company that can’t take on your project, it’s essential to research their services thoroughly before making contact.
Finally, if you’re thinking you might as well make some further home improvements while your windows are being done, why not check for any additional services an installer offers? Perhaps you want to update your garden doors, or maybe you simply want to enhance your home’s security with some new robust door locks. Whatever your project entails, it’s much more convenient to rely on one company for a range of jobs as opposed to hiring multiple different teams to complete different tasks. With this in mind, it’s important to check for additional services for maximum convenience.
Know what to expect from your new window installation
Knowing what to expect is the key to a smooth and stress-free project and will also ensure there are no unwelcome surprises further down the line. The key to managing your expectations and being prepared is asking the right questions, and it’s essential to have these ready before you begin liaising with a potential window installer.
Enquiring about a time frame is crucial as, during a full window replacement, there may be areas of your property that are temporarily out of action. So, to combat any uncertainty, it’s important to find out specifics about the timing of the project so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Cost is another aspect that will likely be at the forefront of your mind and, before any final decisions are made, obtaining an in-depth quote is of paramount importance. An initial quote will give you a firm idea of what this installation is going to cost you, and if you’re concerned about the possibility of unforeseen costs, be sure to raise this with your team. How a service is priced could well be the difference between you sticking with one company or searching for another and with this in mind, it’s an enquiry that should not be overlooked.
From ascertaining cost and time frame to finding out details about the process and any possible complications, questioning your window installers extensively will ensure you’re prepared for every eventuality. Plus, it will give you peace of mind while the project is taking place as you’ll know exactly what to expect from the service.
Collecting replacement window quotes
Before you settle on a particular window company, it’s advisable to shop around as this will give you a better idea of how much your project should (and will) cost. Obtaining quotes from at least three different companies will allow you to go with the best deal possible and, if you’re comfortable haggling, you could even try and drive a company’s prices down by stating that another business has given you a better quote. Many businesses will offer initial quotes completely free of charge, so feel free to collect as many as you’d like.
As mentioned previously, window installation is a costly investment, so it’s preferable to decrease costs wherever possible. However, it’s important to note that a lower price could signal a substandard service, so don’t base your decision on cost alone. Weigh up the pros and cons of each company and choose a service that’s both reasonably priced and of a high standard as this will guarantee good value for money.
Testimonials and recommendations
Although a company may have great credentials on paper, it’s more or less impossible to know what they’re like to work with until you take the plunge. A team may be great at what they do, but if they deliver a poor customer service, this can taint an entire project. While there’s an element of taking a leap of faith when hiring any service, there are things you can do to increase your chances of finding a winner.
Testimonials from previous customers will be very revealing about a company’s strengths and weaknesses and will give you a clearer idea of what a particular team is like to work with. Plus, if a company has lots of negative reviews and there are recurring themes with regards to their faults, these will be instrumental in helping you dodge a substandard service.
Better yet, if you have any close friends or family who have recently had a window installation, why not ask them about their experience? Receiving a recommendation from a trusted source will undoubtedly give you peace of mind and additionally, it will increase the chances of a successful project.
Another way to assess a business’s capabilities is to take a look at some of their previous projects. Many companies will have a portfolio with photographic evidence of previous jobs and descriptions of the work that was carried out. Not only will this give you confidence that your window installation team is up to the challenge, but it may also give you some inspiration for your upcoming window installation.
To ensure your window installers have the appropriate skills and a high standard of workmanship, it’s essential to check for certification. When you choose a company that’s registered with an official certification scheme, you can guarantee their work meets specific standards set out by authority figures in the industry. Windows are designed to provide good ventilation, thermal efficiency and most importantly, safety, and when you rely on a certified business, you can guarantee your installation will deliver on all counts.
At Alpine Aluminium, we specialise in the installation of sleek aluminium windows and doors. Our products can be customised to suit a variety of style preferences, and we can supply and install windows and doors in both domestic and commercial properties.
We work collaboratively with our clients throughout every project to ensure they’re 100% satisfied with the finished article, and we pride ourselves on offering a fantastic customer experience as well as displaying top-quality workmanship.
To find out more about the services we offer, why not take a look at some recent customer reviews? Alternatively, to get a quote for aluminium window prices, contact us today and choose Alpine Aluminium for your upcoming window installation.