One of the most important considerations when looking at new replacement windows is the warranty that’s offered. Many people neglect this important facet of the window search and end up getting burned later. While most replacement warranties on the market today come with some kind of warranty, they don’t all offer the same coverage.
Read the fine print when considering windows, and keep in mind that different companies offer different coverages on materials and labor. If you’re not sure of the details, don’t be afraid to ask.
Significance of Warranties
Window contractors that offer superior warranties are committed to quality, confident that their products will offer long-lasting service and perform according to their stated specifications. If your new window becomes faulty because of a material defect or workmanship error, a reputable contractor will honor the warranty with no questions asked, making all necessary repairs or replacements at no added cost. You get an extra layer of protection on your investment, and peace of mind knowing you can truly get your money’s worth.
What to Look For
There are two things to be on the lookout for when researching warranties:
- Material warranty, AKA, the factory warranty: This part of the warranty covers any problems that arise due to defective materials, which includes the glass, frame, and hardware. Each component may have different coverage periods. Remember, windows have expected lifespans between 20 and 50 years, so your material warranties, especially when it comes to the glass and frames, should have roughly the same coverage.
- Workmanship warranty: This covers issues arising from improper installation by the contractor. Even the best replacement windows will not perform as expected if put in wrong by the laborer. This is why the workmanship warranty is vital to the long-term performance of your windows. The terms and conditions will vary from contractor to contractor. A two-year workmanship warranty is a common and reasonable expectation.
Here at Rescom Replacement Windows and Doors, we work exclusively with Bristol windows, which come with an industry-leading 50-year window warranty. Our staff must undergo rigorous training by Bristol craftsmen to qualify to be a Bristol window installer. As such, we are fully trained in the proper installation and maintenance of Bristol windows, consistently updating our training in order to stay current on the latest techniques and materials. Give us a call today to learn about our product and labor warranties on the specific type of window you are looking for. We would also be happy to give you a free quote.