At Superior Home Improvements we encourage potential customers to get more than one quote. It makes good sense for them and it gives us a chance to show them why our service and products are Superior! Often, customers will tell us they have a quote that is much lower than ours and they will question why they shouldn’t take the lowball quote. We tell our customers that in situations like that they should beware of a few of the reasons window companies may be able to provide extremely low quotes. Here are a few:
- The Other Window Companies are Using Inferior Products – There is a huge difference in the workmanship and quality level of different windows on the market today. Make sure your quote is for a quality window made from a well-known manufacturer that provides a workmanship and materials warranty. Get documentation that identifies the R-Value of the windows being installed as well as the make and model of the windows being quoted for.
- Do the Quotes from Other Window Companies Include Everything? – This sounds like a silly question but we have seen instances where the quote doesn’t include the dumpster or cost of disposing of the old windows. If you have water damage or dry rot around your old window frames, will there be additional costs to fix these types of problems? Be sure these types of issues are discussed and documented in the quote.
- Do all of the Quotes Compare “Apples to Apples?” – There can be large price differences between wood, aluminum or vinyl windows. Make sure all quotes are quoting the same types and grades of windows. Double or single pane? Air or argon filled? Casement, glider, double hung or single hung? There are lots of ways to manipulate these issues to generate a low quote, but unfortunately, one generally gets what they pay for.
- Not all Window companies are Insured Properly – As part of the process, be sure to insist on getting the contractor’s proof of insurance and other relevant licenses. If a contractor accidently damages your property you will want to be sure they have insurance to cover the associated costs of repair or replacement.
Homeowners in the Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Markham and Durham areas have been coming to us for best in class window replacement since 1973. For an honest, accurate and comprehensive quote on your window replacement project, come to Superior Home Improvements.