New windows are a wise investment in the comfort, appearance and value of your home. But new windows are only as good as the Contra Costa County window contractor you choose to install them.
Research is the key to finding the best window contractors in Contra Costa County, including those in the major cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill, as well as those in the smaller towns such as Crockett, North Richmond, Rheem Valley, West Pittsburg, Vine Hill and Oakley.
Whether you want to trade in drafty windows for lower heating and cooling bills, swap small windows with peeling frames for an improved view and aesthetic, or invest in beautiful and efficient windows that increase your home's value, the first step is to decide what you want to gain from your new windows. By having a specific goal, you're more likely to find the Contra Costa County window contractor that meets your needs.
The Clear Choice for Commercial Window Installation in Contra Costa County
Aesthetically-appealing commercial buildings and show-stopping storefronts in larger Contra Costa County cities such as Concord, Pittsburg, San Ramon, Antioch, Richmond and Walnut Creek, and some of the smaller cities, have one obvious element in common -windows that are visually pleasing to the public outside and that make working and shopping inside more enjoyable.
But selecting and installing new windows for commercial use is a different process than choosing residential windows. Commercial materials are often stronger and more flexible to allow for eye-catching design and building stability, and products range from opaque reflective surfaces to windows specially-built for security.
It's true that most window contractors can provide windows for commercial buildings and storefronts. However, some contractors do more of this type of work than others. To get the best results, choose commercial window contractors that have the skills and knowledge to help you make the best decision for your project. Factors to consider when choosing commercial windows include:
- Energy efficiency
- Air and water tightness
- Structural and acoustical performance
- Light, glare, view and thermal factors that increase employee productivity
When you've found experienced commercial window contractors in Contra Costa County that will help you consider all the important factors for your store or office window installation, follow the same steps for residential window installation to be sure you're hiring the best company for the job.
The Value of Researching Your Choices for Window Installation
Every Contra Costa County window company claims to be the best choice. So how do you see through the self-promotion and find those contractors with proven records? There are several sources you can look to for more information, unbiased reports and information on past installations.
While it's usually best to choose a Diamond Certified company because they're rated Highest in Quality, that may not always be possible. If you're unable to choose a Diamond Certified window contractor in your area of Contra Costa County, you can improve your chances of hiring a decent window installer by checking out candidates on the Contractors State License Board website to ensure active license and workers' compensation insurance. Violations will also appear on their license record, so you'll know about recent infractions or serious customer grievances that have been processed by the state.
Then take time to verify company credentials. Some local window contractors in Contra Costa County have teamed up with window manufacturers such as Pella, Andersen, Milgard and Simonton Windows, and are designated as authorized distributors and window installers. This means they can perform all aspects of your new window installation and may be able to simplify the entire process for you. Authorized installers may also offer longer warrantees on new windows because they have special installation training.
Why Personality Matters When Choosing a Window Installer
From start to finish, you're going to be spending days, weeks or even months dealing with your window contractor. And as with any working relationship, it's important you work well together. Before hiring, you'll want to consider the personal and professional qualities you want in a window installer. Traits such as promptness, good communication skills, honesty and cleanliness are important to many consumers, so make note of the kind of window contactor you want to hire and don't settle for less.
Be aware, though, that with some window installation companies in Contra Costa County, including those in the larger cities of Danville, Brentwood, Concord, and Richmond, the salesperson you first deal with may not be involved in the installation process. That means the rapport you've built with them and the agreements you've made might not carry through the rest of the job. If you've been talking with a local window sales representative, you may want to confirm who will be your contact during the new window installation and if they will guarantee the promises made during the sales process are kept by the installation crew.
Further Research on Window Contractors in These Major Contra Costa County Cities: Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill
Now that you've done some initial research, talk with a few local window contractors in Contra Costa County. That's easy if you live in one of the larger cities, including Concord, Martinez, Richmond, Walnut Creek or Pittsburg. However, many window installers will travel to other parts of Contra Costa County, including the smaller towns of San Pablo, Oakley, Lafayette, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Orinda, Moraga and Clayton.
When you interview window companies, have a written list of questions (see the section, Thoroughly Interview Qualified Window Installers), and note each contractor's answers. Remember that many window installation contractors will not provide estimates over the phone without seeing the job first. However, don't feel obligated to set an appointment for an in-home estimate if you weren't impressed with your initial contact with the window contractor. If they didn't meet your expectations or can't answer your questions satisfactorily, feel free to end the conversation and move on to the next window company on your list.View/Print