i’m ready to get new windows and doors

You’re considering replacing the windows and doors in your home, but are stuck trying to figure out who you can hire to install them. We’ve all seen the renovation nightmare stories on TV, or heard personal experiences through friends and family. Nobody wants to hire a window and door installation contractor whose shoddy work causes drafty windows and doors, or worse leaves a job unfinished.


i have a buddy who can replace my windows and doors

Everyone knows someone handy; it’s a fact of life.  Whether it’s a friend, relative or distant cousin twice-removed, it’s inevitable. It’s no problem, really!  We’ll see you at Thanksgiving and talk about it.  That’s not to say that there aren’t people who will be trustworthy and fastidious installers that happen to reside in your family, of course.  Window and door contractors are; after all, human.

An amateur contractor may try to save the customer money by installing standard size off the shelf windows from a big box retailer.  However, when a standard vs.custom window size window is chosen, the installer may end up charging the homeowner more because it takes significantly more time and work to get a standard size to fit in your space.

Without muddying the waters of family-friend relationships too much, if you’re making the decision to upgrade your windows and doors, we recommend a custom sized window through one of our professional replacement window installers.


experience is everything

Quality window companies don’t just hire anyone to install windows.  They seek out those with years of training, certifications, and skill. They know even the best windows need precision install to ensure energy efficiency and comfort in the home. Having a well-trained, experienced window and door contractor will reduce the likelihood of incidents, keep cost controlled and ensure that the process for replacing your windows is smooth and straight forward.

Installing different types of windows and doors can require a fair bit of problem solving skills.  Since there are a variety of unexpected things that can happen when you are removing a window or door from your home, you’ll do best to have someone there that can assess the situation and make the correct decision or can advise on how to move forward.  This is especially true of an encounter with lead, which requires a special permit in order to remove. This is why good window manufacturers partner with specific home window replacement companies, because they don’t want to leave the install to just anybody.


CHECK OUT THEIR WINDOW REPLACEMENT REVIEWS

Good replacement window contractors will usually have been around for a while, or have decades of experience under their belt.  A quick Google search on the company will pull up real reviews from previous customers, sharing their experience with that replacement window contractor.  Most reputable window and door contractors have a portfolio to show previous work.  Ask the contractor if you can speak to one of those homeowners directly, so you can hear their exact experience!

No one wants the cleanliness of a bull in a china shop, the scheduling of the cable guy, or the pricing of a car salesman. Professionalism does not just come in the form of having a window contractor license and insurance.  There are plenty of window and door contractors out there who are licensed, insured, and just don’t care.  A true professional will always take care to leave as little footprint as possible when the job is done and go through great lengths to clean up after themselves.


LOOK for PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS

No one wants the cleanliness of a bull in a china shop, the scheduling of the cable guy, or the pricing of a car salesman. Professionalism does not just come in the form of having a window contractor license and insurance.  There are plenty of window and door contractors out there who are licensed, insured, and just don’t care.  A true professional will always take care to leave as little footprint as possible when the job is done and go through great lengths to clean up after themselves.

Fast, clear communication and a commitment to a schedule is also critical.  We are, after all, talking about creating a rather large hole in the side of your house in multiple locations.  Make sure they’re able to give you a schedule and stick to it.


WINDOW AND DOOR REPLACEMENT COST

If the pricing is too good to be true, it usually is.  Businesses offering free or almost free install usually make up for it by increasing the price of their windows.  They are after all paying people to install these windows, so they’ll need to make up for the cost somewhere else. Educate yourself by looking at average window replacement cost by material. It doesn’t cost much more to get window and door contractors to use the best materials.

A good window replacement contractor should always be clear and honest about the cost of their service.  As we mentioned; not everything is guaranteed, and sometimes things happen that could cause the pricing to go up. Some of the most common examples are

  • More extensive rot than expected
  • Mold
  • Termite, ant or bug infestation
  • Improper water management conditions on existing home
  • Improper framing or weight load conditions on existing home

The important thing is that window and door contractors understand the onus is on them to provide you with a clear, concise reason as to why the cost of install might have changed and what the adjusted price would be.  To do otherwise or to not disclose pricing adjustments may lead to a less-than-stellar reputation, so it’s in their best interest to be as clear as possible, too.


WHY BEECHWORTH WINDOWS

Beechworth Windows is the window division of James Hardie, manufacturing fiberglass windows and doors. Creating the best products is part of our DNA at James Hardie.  We analyzed the market and knew we could build a better window at a better price. Our window line is built using fiberglass since it performs better and lasts longer than other materials.

We have the best windows, which deserve the best installation, which is why we partner with window replacement contractors that specialize in home window replacement.  They are licensed, insured, and have gone through rigorous training with our installation team. With proper installation from a trained professional, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of our high-grade, energy-efficient hybrid windows for years to come.

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U.S. HEADQUARTERS

Beechworth Windows
231 South LaSalle Street
Suite #1600
Chicago, IL 60604

+1 (312) 284-3200


R&D Facility

James Hardie & Beechworth Windows
1620 Frontenac Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563