The story is told of a football coach, way back when, who admonished a player for “showboating” and over-celebrating his touchdowns. “When you get to the end zone, don’t dance!” the coach said. “Just hand the ball to the ref and jog off the field. Act like you’ve been there before!” When it comes time to replace the windows in your Colorado home, does the company you’re thinking of hiring to do the window replacement job act like they’ve been there before?
You may not think it’s “rocket science”… and it may, in fact, be easy to do a slap-dash job… but doing excellent window replacement work in Colorado can actually be a little complex. Tricky, even.
The best replacement window installers know what type of windows will work best for Colorado’s climate and altitude (Answer: Amerimax vinyl windows, specifically designed and built in Colorado to meet the area’s unique needs).
The true pros know how the project is going to go… what challenges, large and small, they’re likely to face… what you, the customer, will need and expect… which installation procedures will work best and stand the test of time… they even know how the new windows are going to look (and perform) five, ten, and twenty years after they’re installed.
They know these things, because they have been there before.
When it comes to window replacement for your Colorado home or business, you’ll have several companies to choose from.
And when you choose, don’t underestimate the value of experience.
Have Your Replacement Window Installers “Been There Before?”
In truth, it’s relatively easy to get into business and call yourself a replacement window installer.
But it’s a simple fact that a rookie installer just can’t know what experience has taught the veteran pro.
Think about the window replacement company you’re considering. Have they made it clear that they’ve got the experience to do excellent work in Colorado? If not, consider probing the company’s track record further before you sign up with them:
• Read reviews. Lots of positive reviews from happy customers? That’s a good sign. Of course, it may be harder for you to find bad reviews if they exist, just because customers often won’t take the time to write a review of a lackluster performance and the company will try to “bury” bad reviews anyway… but it’s still reassuring to find a good number of positive write-ups. It is evidence that the company has “been there before.”
• Just ask. Ask the salesperson or estimator how many “jobs like this” the company has done, or how many windows they’ve replaced in Colorado. A rookie might say, “Oh, hundreds!” or “I’m not sure… so many we’ve kinda lost track!” But a pro would probably be able to give a fairly specific answer. The better installers have replaced thousands – not hundreds – of Colorado windows over many years in the business.
• Do they specialize? It’s fine if window replacement is one of a handful of types of jobs the company does… but remember that if the company is a “jack of all trades” they are less likely to be masters of the complexities of Colorado window replacement. The best companies do Colorado window replacement… and nothing else. They’re focused. They’re specialists.
• What have they learned? If you really want to probe a company’s experience, ask them what mistakes they’ve made in the past, and what they’ve learned from those mistakes. If they have a good story or two to tell… if they’re willing to tell it… and if it happened some time ago… the firm probably knows some important stuff the rookie company hasn’t had time to learn.
You are not going to replace your windows very often. Maybe only once (especially if you get great windows with a lifetime warranty). So if you want to have the best replacement window experience, consider going with an installation company with, well, the best replacement window experience! Find a company that’s already made – and learned from – the mistakes a rookie firm is yet to encounter.
Jay Lillien is the owner of 303Windows. For the past 18 years, 303Windows has been dedicated to providing their customers the best service possible. As part of their commitment to their customers, 303Windows installs only Amerimax Windows. These windows are built to withstand the extreme Colorado climate that causes most other windows to fail.