It almost goes without saying that, if you're looking for a Winnipeg window contractor, you should make sure that the contractor is qualified to do the job. Fortunately, finding a good contractor doesn't have to be difficult. You can determine your contractor's level of expertise by simply asking a few questions upfront. Equally as important is to let your contractor know (in a kind way) that you will ask for verification to their answers.
A legitimate contractor who has nothing to hide and who stands on his work understands your concerns and won't hesitate to put his money where his mouth is.
Questions to Ask a Window Contractor in Winnipeg Before You Hire Them
One of the most important questions to ask is, "How long have you been in business?" The failure rate is extremely high in the home improvement industry. Therefore, you should try to avoid any window contractor with less than ten years in the industry. Why? Don't you want to make sure that the warranty they offer is longer than the period of time that the company has been in business?
The next question to ask is, "How many projects does your company do each year that are similar to mine?" Why is this question important when you're trying to choose the right window contractor? Because each company specializes in different areas of expertise. For example, at JEH Windows & Doors, we specialize in both window and door installations, as our name suggests. We have about a 50/50 balance of window and door projects each year. However, let's say that our ratio was 80% doors and 20% windows. You might feel comfortable hiring a company that takes on more windows project each year. On average, JEH Windows & Doors manages about 100 windows projects a year.
The third question to ask might be the most important in determining whether or not the Winnipeg windows contractor is right for your job, and that questions is, "Can I see your personal and professional references?" To be clear; you should ask for a combination of a couple of recent ones and a couple of distant job references. There is nothing else that will give you a better indication of what type of work you can expect from a contractor than what their past clients have to say about them. If they did great work for their previous customers, there's a good chance that they'll do great work for you also.
The next question may come as a surprise, but it is still very important that you ask it. "Do you test for lead paint before you begin?" If your home was built before 1978, then contractors must test for lead if they are disturbing as little as six square feet of paint. Testing for lead is very important for your safety, so make sure your window contractor does it.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact JEH Windows & Doors if you need a Winnipeg Window Contractor.