If you are thinking about investing in glazed windows then this article is going to help, make the experience a more productive one. In order to make the best use of your time and energy we wanted to let you know that we won’t be covering any specific types of glazed windows or companies but instead giving you an outline that should make sourcing much easier. Now that you know what to expect from us we can start reviewing all of the variables involved in purchasing and installing glazed windows.
Understanding Your Motivations
Why do you want to get glazed windows? You don’ have to answer us but you should think about what prompted you to think about the windows and made you want to get them. Each person has his or her own respective reasons but you have to figure out why you want to buy and install the glazing just to make sure you are serious otherwise you would be wasting your time. Once you have sorted out the reasons you have to think about whether you are going to attempt the installation yourself or reach out for expert help.
Reasons Why You Should Hire an Expert
There is a growing number of people who are really interested in the whole DIY, do it yourself and be independent approach to things but when it comes to removing and installing glass that is glazed you should seriously thinking about hiring an expert. Windows that are not properly installed pose a security risk to you and those around you not to mention the cost to replace the glass if it becomes broken. We will give you some suggestions on finding the right professional to help you with your glazing needs.
- Is the professional being considered licensed to do this type of work? There should be licensing information prominently listed on the expert website. You should never deal with an organisation that does not have a valid business license. Once you have confirmed the firm does have a business license then you can start the screening process.
- How many years has the experts been working in your area? The more experience the firm has been working in your area the more reputable and established they should be. The number of years is just one variable you should look at but it is not the only one.
- Does the professional have their own line of glazed glass that they prefer to work with or can you purchase it from any vendor and they will do the installation work? If the professional has a specific brand that they recommend you should find out what makes the product they are endorsing superior to what is out there.
- What kind of work has the professional done in the past? Past performance is one of the best indicators when it comes to future expectations. To figure out whether the professional you are reviewing does a good job you can look at the portfolio of work they have done in the past. If possible, try to visit the properties they have worked on in the past and see their work firsthand.
Once you have run through this preliminary checklist and figured out which of these experts seems to be doing a good job you can dive even deeper into the screening process to try and figure out who will be the superior choice.
Meeting with the Experts in Person
Take this opportunity to schedule face to face meetings with the experts and ask them for quotes. When they come over they should take detailed measurements so they know what your requirements are prior to preparing an official estimate. If the professional does not take measurements but just guesses, then their quote will not be as accurate as the individual that took the measurements. The lack of measurements also shows the expert is not very professional.
When you are looking at the quotes that are being provided pay attention to the cost of materials. What the majority of professionals do is mark up the cost of these materials to help increase their profits. In order to protect yourself from being gouged you have to note what each expert is charging for the materials to get a sense of what the average cost would be.
The next thing you should do after working out what the costs are for the materials is what the professional is going to charge you for the work. Along with the cost of the materials and labor you may be required to pay the VAT which can really drive up the total expenditure. It would not be wise to deal with anyone who tries to circumvent the tax laws under the guise of doing you a favor. What you need to do is look for the professional that has their quote somewhere in the middle of the pack. Once you have the professional that is middle in the pack when it comes to cost you will need to look at how you intend to pay for it.
There will be some local glazing professionals that offer in-house financing but you should take those offers with a grain of salt. While it may be convenient to get financing from the contractor you hire for the job there is no guarantee the terms they are offering you are fair or even legal. It would be in your best interest to always shop around and get the most aggressive financing terms possible or you could find yourself in a situation where you are paying more than what is necessary for the glazed glass you really wanted.