When shopping for replacement windows, most San Diego homeowners focus a lot on the brand of window being installed in their home. They want to buy quality windows made by a reputable manufacturer that will provide them with a good warranty.
This is a great place to start when you’re looking at replacement windows. You definitely want to purchase high-quality windows that will last for many years and make your home more energy efficient. But there’s another factor that’s just as important as the windows you purchase that will determine how well your new windows perform: the installation.
Professional Window Installation is Key!
When you purchase replacement windows for your San Diego home, you want to make sure they are installed by professional window installers. What are professional window installers? They are people who have been trained specifically in window installation. They often receive factory training from the window manufacturing company on the best installation methods. They are familiar with the products they are installing and how to get the best performance out of them.
You might be thinking: “Don’t all replacement window companies in San Diego use professional installers?” Not necessarily. Some companies that sell replacement windows in San Diego do just that: sell. After you sign a contract with them and they receive your deposit, they outsource the installation to subcontractors. These subcontractors may or may not be trained in window installation. More than likely, they are general laborers who do all types of construction work. In other words, they don’t specialize in replacement window installation.
Why Does Proper Installation Matter?
First of all, proper installation is very important to the performance of replacement windows—especially when it comes to energy efficiency. You could purchase the most expensive, highest-quality windows on the market, but if they are improperly installed, you won’t see the increased energy efficiency in your home that you were probably hoping for.
Second, the validity of a replacement window warranty is highly dependent on proper installation. In other words, if a window is improperly installed, it will void the manufacturer’s warranty. If you ever have a problem with that window down the road, you are on the hook for the cost of the repair or replacement of the window.
Michal Bohm, owner of San Diego replacement window company BM Windows, has this to say about professional window installation: “At our company, we only use our own team of professional window installers. We never use subcontractors. The installation is too important to the overall performance of replacement windows and we would never put our customers’ investment at risk by using installers who weren’t properly trained.”
Bohm continued, “Our teams are highly trained and are great at what they do. Because of this, we are able to offer our customers a lifetime installation warranty, which gives our customers extra peace of mind. If anything ever goes wrong with their windows—whether it is a manufacturer’s defect or an installation error—our customers are covered.”
So when you shop for replacement windows, don’t just ask about the windows themselves. Be sure you also ask who will be installing your windows. It could make all the difference!