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Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Replacing Your Windows

window-replacementLooking to improve the look and energy efficiency of your home? Replacing your windows is a step in the right direction. When it comes to having new windows installed, not just any company will do. Ask the following five questions to help you choose between different prospective installers.

Are You a Licensed Contractor?

Inexperienced, would-be contractors try to lure you in with cheap prices, but if they are unlicensed, you could end up paying more than you bargained for. Shoddy work and poor quality materials could force you to choose between either living with the unsatisfactory job or paying to have it redone. By choosing a licensed contractor from the get-go, you don’t have to make this choice. (See 4 Signs You Can Trust Your Contractor)

Do You Give Free Estimates?

You still have many licensed window installers to choose from. Learn which ones provide free, no-obligation estimates and ask for these estimates in writing. While price shouldn’t be your only consideration, it’s certainly worth saving money if you can find a reputable company able to get the job done for less.

Do You Break Stucco When Installing Windows?

Some installers damage the stucco when extracting existing windows. This ends up making more of a mess and raising the costs of replacing your windows. That’s why it’s important to ask potential installers if they break the stucco during window installation. Competent installers should be able to complete most installations without damaging the interior or exterior stucco, allowing for a clean, maintenance-free installation.

What Rebates are Available for New Windows?

Up until Dec. 31, 2013, the US government offered tax credits up to $500 for energy efficient window replacements. Unfortunately, new installations don’t qualify. Still, the Department of Water and Power (DWP) currently offers a $2-per-square-foot rebate on new windows. The installation must have a U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.40 or less to qualify.

What is the Required Deposit?

California state law prohibits window contractors from asking for more than 10% of the total cost or up to $1,000 as a deposit. Ask potential installers what deposit they require to test whether they follow this law.

By asking these important questions in advance, you can pinpoint the best window installer for the job. At Approved Contractor, we fulfill all your needs. We are happy to offer free, no-obligation estimates and we avoid breaking stucco whenever possible. We want you to know about rebates available to you, and we will never ask for a greater deposit than the law allows.

For more advice or to begin the process, please contact us online or call us at 818-483-3531.

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