In many ways, the internet has made our lives a lot easier. This is especially true when it comes to research. You have all the knowledge you’ll ever need at the tips of your fingers. Want to learn about something new? Just Google it!
If you’ve ever researched a home improvement project, you probably already know you can search sites like YouTube for DIY videos, you can read up on the latest home improvement products on manufacturers’ websites, and research local companies you can hire to do the job for you. But like with anything you’re researching, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the amount of information available on any given subject. You will probably even see conflicting information or read things that make you even more confused than when you started researching.
This can definitely apply to replacement windows. There are websites that will tell you a certain kind of window is the best, and then you might find a consumer review site that gives those same windows a poor rating. The same goes for replacement window dealers and installers. You might come across a San Diego replacement window dealer’s website that looks great. It says all the right things about customer service and the quality of their work, but then you might go to a site like Yelp and find out that the company doesn’t have the greatest reputation.
So how do you determine what type of replacement windows will work best in your San Diego home, and where should you start your research—looking for the best replacement windows or the best replacement window company in San Diego?
Researching Replacement Window Brands
There are many more replacement window manufacturers out there than you probably even realize. You may know about some of the bigger brands, such as Milgard, Simonton, Jeld Wen, Andersen, and Pella, and you could start your search with these brands. However, what you’ll soon discover is that many of the manufacturers’ websites say very similar things. They will all talk about how energy efficient their windows are, how durable they are, and how they are the best choice for homeowners.
As you move on to consumer review sites, you’ll start to see some mixed reviews. Some people will talk about how much they love the windows they purchased, while others will say they were a complete waste of money. It can all be very confusing. How can the same windows be both amazing and a pile of junk?
Another problem with researching replacement windows online is that you may never come across some of the best windows on the market. This is because some really good window manufacturers are smaller companies that specialize in windows for a certain geographic region. They won’t have the national brand recognition that, say, Milgard has, but they are great windows that you should consider. They may not show up in your Google search for the “best replacement windows” because they don’t have the marketing dollars that a larger company has.
Looking for a Replacement Window Company in San Diego
While you can certainly research replacement window brands and learn a lot about some of the options on the market, a better way to get the best replacement windows for your home is to find a great independent replacement window dealer. By “independent dealer” we mean a company that isn’t tied to one particular brand of replacement windows. Rather, they sell windows by several different manufacturers, and they typically also handle the installation. (More on this later.)
When it comes to replacement window dealers in San Diego you have many options, but thankfully, researching a window dealer is a bit easier than researching window brands. If you have friends or neighbors who have had their windows replaced, you can ask them who they used and if they were happy with the experience and the results. You can also utilize sites like Yelp and Nextdoor to find out more about the companies in your area. On Yelp, in particular, you’ll see reviews that will tell you about a company’s customer service, their sales approach, and the quality of the installation.
Once you have narrowed down your search to a few local companies, you can contact them to schedule an appointment. At that appointment, ask lots of questions and ask for a detailed estimate of the products they recommend for your home. Some sales reps from replacement window companies can get pushy and may try to pressure you to sign a contract on the spot, but any respectable replacement window company will allow you to take your time and think about your purchase.
After you have met with a few San Diego replacement window companies, you can compare quotes and products, as well as the experience you had with the company up to that point. You can also then do some more research on the products they listed in your estimate.
Choosing the Right Company Is More Important than Choosing the Right Brand
When it comes down to it, choosing the right replacement window company is more important than choosing the top replacement windows. This is because how your new windows perform is largely based on how well they were installed. We say it all the time in our blog—you can purchase the best, most expensive, most energy-efficient windows on the market, but if they are poorly installed, you’ll have nothing but problems.
Go with a replacement window company in San Diego that has their own installation team and doesn’t use subcontractors. Professional window installers are more likely to know how to do the job right and give you the results you are looking for.
In addition, a good replacement window company will be there for you if any issues ever arise with your new windows. They can contact the manufacturer on your behalf if the problem is with the window itself, or they will take care of the issue if it was an installation mistake. At BM Windows, we guarantee all of our work and offer all of our customers a lifetime installation warranty and accidental glass breakage protection at no additional charge.
If you’re ready to start choosing San Diego replacement window companies to give you a quote, give us a call or contact BM Windows through our website. We promise to provide you with the best in customer service, high-quality replacement window products, and a warranty that is one of the best in the industry!