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Buying Hurricane Windows

Buying hurricane windows can be a daunting process. There are certain factors you need to take into consideration before making any decisions, these include:

• Number of windows
• Style of window – single hung, casement, double hung, slider or horizontal
• Take existing window style into consideration to help you start making a step in the right direction with regards to the options available.

It's always a good idea to write down what you want and any questions you may have, this way you can use this as a point of reference when meeting with window companies and contractors.

Choose Your Window Frame

It's a good idea to have some idea on the window frame you are looking for before calling in any window companies. Each company deals with different frames, an example would be Soft-Lite or PGT that make vinyl frames, Pella who does a choice of fiberglass, vinyl or wood or Marvin that specializes in wood clad and fiberglass. Many owners choose a high quality vinyl window, which is properly installed. Wood clad windows require maintenance, so isn't ideal unless wood is the only option that will suit the style of home. The one good thing is that all the window companies will provide free estimates, enabling the homeowner to review and compare the options available, narrowing down the search to one top company to go with.

Companies can be found by contacting the local companies in the area to using services such as Better Business Bureau, Google Local and Angie's List, to name a few. The replacement windows list on Consumer Reports isn't ideal as it only reviews and rates products which can be found at retail stores, which means that a large majority of the top window companies aren't listed. Choose three companies that you want to get estimates from and make the necessary appointments to meet with them. Three estimates offers the ability to compare the companies against each other in terms of product and price.

The Estimates

Companies will send out representatives who will measure the opening and the windows to provide you with an estimate. The project estimate will be handed to you on the spot, which is hugely advantageous. Some will even bring along some samples to go through, giving you an idea on the quality of product they supply. There are times when you may be faced with a difficult sales person, who will try and push their product onto you. It's advisable to ensure they are aware you are meeting with other companies and will not be making a decision on the day. They will start off high, knocking down the price during their sales pitch to try and get your signature. Do not sign anything until you know which company you will be using.

Do Not Sign On the Dotted Line

Many sales representatives will bully their customers into signing for replacement windows. Do not fall into this trap, a decision does not have to be immediate. Ideally get a number of estimates and take time going through each one, comparing them against each other in terms of models, brand names and warranties. This will help narrow down the search considerably.

Review the Product and Price

Have a quick look in the company review section of this website to read more about the manufacturer and their products. It's important to ensure the product is of a high quality. This will enable you to ensure that the price quoted is close to the average recommended price. Price will be affected by various aspects and prices can vary from company to company, this is why three quotes is such a good number, giving the homeowner complete control over the company they choose.

Review the Installation Expert

Finding the right replacement windows is only a fraction of the project, the installer is just as important and this will impact the overall finish and functionality of the windows. It's very important to verify any installation experts to ensure they offer a good quality service and have a good reputation in the industry. Speak to past customers and get references, go online and search review sites and online forums, offering peace of mind that the installer used is the best choice.

Book Your Installation

Only once the product, price and installer has been verified should you go ahead and book the installation. Taking these small steps will ensure the best quality product for your home, providing the property with good energy efficiency and functionality.

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