How to hire an impact window contractor in Florida
Hiring an impact window specialist in the sunshine state?
Hiring a contractor for any work on your home can be tricky in the sunshine state of Florida. There are strict building codes and licensing rules that come along with every project, small or large. Installing Impact windows and doors into your home is a large project and choosing the right company can be daunting, and frustrating. So many companies offer similar deals, prices vary wildly so who do you choose?
Here are a few tips to making the right choice for your purchase & installation:
- Check that they hold a license.
Make sure the company has a current state license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
- Look at who owns/runs the company.
If they are a reputable company you should be able to see who owns/and or is in charge. Make sure they have a good track record of ethical business practices. This is an important factor when you choose a company, as a good contractor will have good management. If you find it tricky to see who runs a company or owns it, then that should set of alarm bells. Meet our team.
- Do not just choose the lowest quotation.
This is a trap that people so often fall into. There can often be good reasons why a company will quote lower than others. The term ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly holds true in many circumstances. There are many factors that can go into costing. So a job well done, with great service and good after install support is worth that little bit extra. It is also imperative that the contractors take steps to protect the rest of your home whilst they are working. See our Wright way blog post.
The contractor should obtain all required permits for the job and post it on the front of the property to verify the work was done to code. Make sure all work satisfies the local building official before final payment. A good company will be able to advise you on all permitting requirements and also obtain them for you.
- Contracts, estimates & proposals.
The key here is to get everything in writing. A good contract should include but not be limited to: the contractor’s name, street address, telephone number and state license number. A description of work to be completed and list of products & materials that will be used. Estimated start and completion dates (including cleanup after the work is finished). Ask if there is a warranty on the products and installation and make sure that is included. A good contractor will always stand by their products and installations. Estimates and proposals should also include the possibility of any incidental costs that may arise.
- Check their online presence.
Any good company, whatever they are selling should have a strong online presence. Search their reviews via one of the big search engines, look to see if there are a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). If they are a reputable company, you’ll find them easily.
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