Anyone who is experienced at doing major home improvement projects will tell you to get more than one quote for your project before hiring a contractor to complete the work. This is wise advice. Prices can vary wildly—even for the exact products and services.
When it comes to San Diego window companies, comparing quotes can be quite difficult, even though on the surface it seems quite simple. Say you have three different replacement window companies come to your San Diego home. Each provides you with a quote for 15 new windows and one new patio door. All of them claim that their products are energy efficient, and all come with what looks like a pretty good warranty. You should just go with the lowest price, right? Not necessarily.
Here are some things you should look at when comparing quotes for San Diego window companies:
What Brand of Replacement Windows and Doors Are They Installing?
Many of the replacement window brands sold in San Diego are not really comparable to one another. For example, Milgard windows are considered by many industry experts to be fairly low-quality windows, while Anlin products are considered to be on the higher end of the quality spectrum. Anlin windows are more energy efficient, more durable, and are less prone to issues like seal failures.
However, because Milgard is a well-known brand, the cost of their windows is typically similar to that of higher-quality products. In other words, you could get a quote for Milgard windows that is only slightly less than a quote for Anlin windows, even though the quality of the Milgard windows is vastly inferior. In this scenario, you should definitely choose to pay a little bit more for the Anlin windows. They will make your home more energy efficient, as well as more insulated from outside noise. Anlin windows and doors will also be much more durable.
Researching replacement window brands can be a bit complicated, but fortunately, there are some standardized metrics in the replacement window industry. Take a look at this blog post for a brief overview of the replacement window rating system.
Who Will Be Installing the Windows?
When comparing quotes, it’s also important to know who will be installing the windows you purchase. Does the window company have their own team of installers, or do they outsource the installation to someone else? Some San Diego window companies choose to cut costs by using low-cost subcontractors to install the products they sell. This might save you a few dollars, but you may have to sacrifice on the quality of the installation.
At BM Windows, we always use our own team of highly trained and experienced installers. We even guarantee their work by providing all of our customers with our own Limited Lifetime Warranty on the installation. This is a guarantee you won’t find at many other San Diego window companies.
How Reputable Is the Company You Will Be Dealing With?
It’s also a good idea to get to know a bit about the window company before signing a contract. You’ll want to know things like:
- Will I be able to communicate well with the people involved?
- Will they be respectful of my home?
- Will they take responsibility for any mistakes they make and fix them?
The best way to learn this information is to read reviews. Past customers typically have a lot to say about how they were treated throughout the window replacement process—good and bad. But your first interaction with a company will tell you a lot as well. Does the company representative listen to your needs? Do they answer your questions directly? Or does it feel like they are just saying whatever they need to say in order to make a sale?
If great customer service is important to you, you’ll definitely want to factor it in to your decision on which San Diego window company you choose to buy from.
As you can see, deciding which San Diego window company to go with is not as simple as finding the lowest price. Fortunately for BM Windows customers, however, once they decide to go with us, they find the rest of the process to be easy! That’s because we handle everything on your behalf. We take care of all of the details—from helping you choose the best windows for your home to disposing of your old windows after we’re done installing your new ones.
Contact us today to set up your initial appointment with a friendly and knowledgeable BM Windows team member.