How Important Is The Window Installer For Your Home Improvement Project?
Having good replacement windows installed on your home does not only mean getting one of the best windows available in the market. You also have to make sure that they are properly installed. In short, the installation is just as important as the quality of the units. One common mistake among a number of homeowners is that they are stringent when it comes to reviewing a window’s quality but tend to be slack in terms of evaluating the qualification or the capability of the installers.
There is nothing wrong at all about carefully checking the quality of your replacement windows. It is not only encouraged but even highly recommended. You don’t want to end up with substandard units that won’t last for a long time, right? You want to make sure that what you get does not only look good but will also perform well as expected. After all, replacement windows don’t come with cheap price tags. You have to make sure that you get excellent value for your money. That’s why you go through the trouble of checking every single thing such as the packaging of the unit, the materials used, the manufacturer, and so on. But then, you don’t and shouldn’t stop there.
A lot of homeowners believe that getting a good replacement window is the ultimate goal. That’s why after securing one; they don’t bother to check the installer anymore. They fail to realize that all the efforts they make to get quality windows will be futile if the installation goes wrong. They can end up wasting not just their efforts but their hard-earned money as well when incompetent installers botch the installation project. The point is that the installation should be given as much attention as the unit.
Check if the installer is the right person for the job. Start off by asking the window company if the installers are subcontractors or their actual employees. The problem with some window companies is that their installers are actually the same employees they hire to do other jobs. Ideally, a company’s installer should only be assigned on installation projects. They should not be the company’s jack of all trades doing all sorts of tasks that the company requires.
Ask the company for some certifications. Don’t be shy about inquiring whether or not their installers have passed the AAMI certification program. AAMI-certified installers are trained to perform the installation as efficiently as possible, for instance, making sure that they properly caulk both the interior and exterior of the windows and custom cap the exterior to give the home a complete finish, etc. They are likewise trained to perform other tasks like checking the property for termite infestation, water damage, wall installation and so on, which all can come in handy when they perform the installation in your house.
The great thing about certified in-house installers is that as employees representing the company, they will make sure that they do the job efficiently to avoid causing any embarrassment to the company. Having them on the project plus your quality replacement windows will more or less ensure a successful installation. There’s simply very little chance of the project going wrong.
Now, how about if the installers are the company’s subcontractors? This is actually a common practice. Basically, subcontractors are installers who perform different types of jobs for many different companies. The companies hire them per project basis. It is not unusual for companies to negotiate labor pricing especially during off-peak seasons.
While there are subcontractors who are really good at what they do, the problem is that many are not right for the job. A number of them are not even certified, plus the fact that they are neither loyal to nor representatives of any company. If you are not very discerning with the installers’ qualifications, there’s a high possibility that you’ll end up with the wrong people who will not be able to efficiently manage the entire installation project.
Clearly, both choices have their share of benefits and drawbacks. That is why you need to weigh your options really well. When it comes to your window replacement, you need to minimize the risk of a bad installation, otherwise, you will suffer the consequences.