Whether you want to trade in your drafty windows for lower heating and cooling bills, swap those small windows with peeling frames for an improved view and aesthetic, or invest in beautiful and efficient windows that immediately increase your home’s value, the first step in choosing a good window contractor is to decide what you want to gain from your new windows.
Of course, new windows can be a sensible investment in the comfort, appearance and value of your home. But your windows and the upgrades they add to your home are only as good as the Sonoma County window contractor you choose to install them. Research is the key to finding the best window contractors in Sonoma County, including those in the major cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg and Windsor, as well as those in the smaller towns and West County.
The Clear Choice for Commercial Window Installations in Sonoma County
Show-stopping storefronts and aesthetically-appealing commercial buildings in the larger Sonoma County cities such as Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg and Sonoma, including some of the smaller cities, have one noticeable facet in common—beautiful, efficient windows that are visually pleasing to the public outside and that make working and shopping more enjoyable inside.
But selecting and installing new windows for commercial isn’t the same as choosing residential windows. Commercial windows are often made of stronger, more flexible materials that incorporate eye-catching design and building stability. In addition, commercial windows have special features ranging from opaque reflective surfaces to custom security elements.
While most window contractors in Sonoma County can provide 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
- Air and water tightness
- Structural and acoustic 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.
How to Examine Your Choices for Window Installation
Every Sonoma County window company claims to be the best. So how do you see through the good publicity and actually find good window contractors with proven records?
It’s usually best to choose among Diamond Certified companies that are rated Highest in Quality. But that may not always be possible. So if you’re unable to choose a Diamond Certified window contractor in your area of Sonoma County, you can improve your chances of success by checking out candidates on the Contractors State License Board website. Here, you can see if the company you’re considering has a valid state license and workers’ compensation insurance. You’ll also be able to see any violations, recent infractions or serious customer grievances that have been processed by the state.
You’ll also want to verify company credentials. Some consumers like hiring window contractors who are members of contractors’ organizations and professional window associations. Others have found that local window contractors in Sonoma County who have even earned certifications from window manufacturers as authorized distributors and installers can simplify the entire process from beginning to end and may offer better warranties on the windows they install.
You’ll probably spend days, weeks and even months dealing with your window contractor, depending on the size of your job. And like with any working relationship, it’s important you work well together. So you’ll want to consider the personal and professional qualities you value in a window installer. Traits such as promptness, good communication skills, cleanliness and honesty are important to many consumers, so decide what kind of window contactor you want to hire and don’t settle for less.
Be aware, though, that with some window installation companies in Sonoma County, including in the larger cities of Windsor, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Healdsburg, the salesperson you buy your windows from may not be part of the installation team. That means there’s a chance the relationship you’ve built with them and the agreements you’ve made might not carry through to the rest of the job. If you’ve been talking with a local window sales representative, 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.
Further Research on Window Contractors in These Major Sonoma County Cities
Now that you’ve done some initial research and have a clearer idea of what it is you want in your new windows and your contractor, talk with a few window companies in your area of Sonoma County. That’s easy if you live in one of the larger cities, including Santa Rosa, Cotati, Petaluma, Windsor or Healdsburg. However, many window installers are willing to travel to other parts of Sonoma County, including the smaller towns of Graton, Occidental, Bodega, Monte Rio, Camp Meeker and other areas including West County.
When you interview window companies, whether on the phone or in person, have a written list of questions and be prepared to answer questions they may have about your job and your expectations. Be aware that many window installation contractors will not provide estimates or bids 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 them. If the local window installers you’ve talked with don’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