You can improve the comfort, appearance and value of your home all at once by investing in new windows. But your windows are only as good as the Napa County window contractor you choose to install them. Research is the key to finding the best window contractors in Napa County, including those in the major cities of Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville, as well as those in the smaller towns and rural areas.
Whether you want to invest in beautiful and efficient windows that immediately increase your home's value, trade in your drafty windows for lower heating and cooling bills or swap those small windows with peeling frames for an improved view and aesthetic, the first step in hiring window contractor is deciding what you want to get from your new windows. By having a specific goal, you're more likely to find the Napa County window contractor that best meets your needs.
The Clear Choice for Commercial Window Installation in Napa County
Show-stopping storefronts and aesthetically-appealing commercial buildings in larger Napa County cities such as Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, American Canyon and Calistoga, and some of the smaller cities, have one obvious element in common -windows that are visually pleasing to the public and that make working and shopping inside more enjoyable.
But selecting and installing new windows for commercial buildings and stores is a different process than for residential windows. Commercial window materials are often stronger and more flexible, which allows for eye-catching design and building stability. Commercial window products range from opaque reflective surfaces and shatter-proof safety glass to windows built for security.
While most window contractors in Napa County can sell and install windows for commercial buildings and storefronts, some contractors do more of this type of work than others. So 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
- Water and air tightness
- Acoustic and structural performance
- Light, glare, view and thermal factors that increase employee productivity
When you've found experienced commercial window contractors 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 Window Installation Choices
Every Napa County window company says they're the best. So how do you see through the self-promotion and find the window contractors with proven records?
While it's usually best to choose a Diamond Certified company that's rated Highest in Quality, it may not always be possible. If you're unable to choose a Diamond Certified window contractor in your area of Napa County, it's wise to check out candidates on the Contractors State License Board website. Here, you can to ensure they have an active license and workers' compensation insurance. Any violations they've been convicted of or serious customer grievances will also appear on that website. Also take time to verify company credentials. For instance, some local window contractors are authorized distributors who can simplify the entire process for you because they serve as official installers for various window manufacturers.
Installing new windows or replacement windows can be a big job, so you may be spending days, weeks or even months dealing with your contractor. Like with any working relationship, it's important that you work well as a team. You'll want to consider the professional qualities you prize in a window installer. Additionally, personal traits such as promptness, strong communication skills, honesty and cleanliness are important to many consumers.
Some window installation companies in Napa County, including in the larger cities of Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, Angwin, Yountville and American Canyon have salespersons who sell windows but aren't involved in the installation. If that's the case with your window contractor, it's possible that the rapport you've built and the agreements you've made with your salesperson might not carry through to the rest of the job. When talking with local window sales representatives, you may want to confirm with them who will be your contact during the installation and how they can guarantee the promises made during the sales process will be kept by the installation crew before you sign a contract.
Further Research on Window Contractors in These Major Napa County Cities: Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville
Now that you have a short list of good window contractors, talk with a few in your area. That's easy if you live in one of the larger cities, including Napa, St. Helena, American Canyon, Calistoga or Yountville. And luckily, many window installers are willing to travel to more rural parts of Napa County, including the smaller towns of Angwin, Deer Park, Pope Valley, Oakville and Rutherford.
When you interview window company owners, have a written list of questions (see the section, Thoroughly Interview Qualified Window Installers) and note the answers the contractors give you. Don't be surprised if most of the window installation contractors you talk to want to see the job before giving you an estimate for your new windows. However, you shouldn't feel obligated to get an in-home estimate if you weren't impressed with your initial contact with a company. If the window installers you've talked with don't meet your expectations or can't answer your questions, end the conversation and move on to the next name on your list.View/Print