Are you in need of new glass for your home windows? There are plenty of reasons to think about glass replacement beyond simply replacing a broken window. Old glass effects the aesthetic quality of your home and can even lower your home’s value. Getting new glass is inexpensive with the right contractor, and makes for a great home improvement investment. Like any other home improvement project, a lot comes down to using the right contractor. Here are five tips for finding a quality glass contractor in Alaska:
- Shop around: It can sometimes be a little daunting to shop for a contractor since there are so many available. Even if this is the case, you should still do some homework and take your time shopping around. Compile a short list using references from friends, Internet searches and by looking through the phone book. Call a few companies and interview them over the phone. Once you have narrowed your options down, have a few contractors come out and offer in-home estimates your project.
- Professionalism: During your phone interviews and when a glass contractor in Alaska comes over to provide an estimate, assess them for professionalism. Are they on time for the in-home estimate? Do they have a stable business address and phone number? Can you find reviews or will they provide references for previous work accomplished? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then the company is trustworthy and you should consider hiring them for the job.
- Pricing: For most homeowners, a major factor in hiring a contractor will come down to pricing. Get a few in-home estimates and compare the prices. Make sure the estimate is detailed in its price assessment so you understand where the money is going. Do not hire a contractor if they are not up front about the overall price or if they are unwilling to give a written offer for the work. Be aware, as well, of hiring a company that is disproportionately lower than other written offers. With a price so low, this type of contractor is probably cutting corners somewhere.
- Warranties and guarantees: Always ask about warranties and whether a guarantee is offered. Many glass or window distributors will offer a warranty for their products. You should understand the limits of this warranty ahead of time. A guarantee, on the other hand, is usually offered by the actual contractor. If some sort of guarantee is offered on the work, make sure it is stated in the work contract to avoid any misunderstandings later on.
- Stay local: A final point worth considering before hiring a contractor is whether they are local or not. Hiring a local contractor is nice since you are supporting a local business, but beyond this there are some other advantages, as well. A local contractor means local reviews and referrals, so you can actually go see the work. It also makes it easier to contact them if there is a problem with the glass once the work is completed.
Consider Replacement Glass Co. Inc. when you need a local glass contractor in Alaska. We have been serving customers throughout the state for 45 years, and would welcome the opportunity to assist you.