You definitely want to use this checklist when shopping for New Home Windows. Feel free to add to this list and make additional notes!
First, answer the first set of questions. A contractor may ask these questions and the more information you can provide, the better s/he can assess your window needs. And don’t be afraid to ask the contractor questions!
Second, get at least 3 written estimates for your New Home Windows. Use the second section to record information collected during and after the estimate.
Third, compare your written estimates and choose the one that’s best for you. Try not to look only at the price. Price is, of course, the major consideration but make sure you take into account the product and its warranty and the quality of the company itself.
Let’s get started…
2 Portrait Window 3′ x 5′ , 10′ x 6′ , _____ x _____
_____ Portrait Window _____ x _____, _____ x _____, _____ x _____
_____ Patio Door/Sliding Door _____ x _____, _____ x _____
_____ French Doors _____ x _____, _____ x _____, _____ x _____
_____ Bay Window _____ x _____, _____ x _____, _____ x _____
_____ Bow Window _____ x _____, _____ x _____, _____ x _____
_____ Other _____ x _____, _____ x _____, _____ x _____
Do any of the windows leak?
Which ones __________________________________________________
Type of frame you would like:
_____ Vinyl _____ Wood _____ Aluminum _____ Other _____ Not Sure
Number of panes you would like:
_____ Single _____ Double _____ Triple_____ Not Sure
Desired special features:
_____ Easy to Clean ______ Security Features _____ Specific Color
_____ Other ________________________________________________
Will you install your New Home Windows yourself or have them installed for you?
_____ I will install them myself.
_____ I will have them installed by a professional.
Get at least 3 written estimates for your New Home Windows and record the following information:
When can installation begin?
_____ less than 1 week _____ 1-2 weeks _____ 3-5 weeks
_____ more than 5 weeks
How long will this project take?
_____ Days _____ Weeks
If the project takes take more than one day, what precautions will be taken to protect the unfinished work while the installers are away?
How long is the warranty?
_____ Five-Year _____ Ten-Year _____ Twenty-Year _____ Lifetime
Is the warranty transferable if the home is sold?
List any restrictions on transferring the warranty:
Are these windows Energy Star?
_____ Yes _____ No
(Energy Star products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines and will save energy.)
What is the U Value? _____
(The U value tells you how much heat passes through the glass. A lower U value means less heat gets through.)
What is the Low E rating? _____
(A Low E coating limits the amount of heat that passes through the glass. The lower the rating, the better the insullation.)
Are these windows Eligible for an Energy Efficient Tax Break?
____ Yes ____ No
Are there any special features/advantages to this company and its windows?
Are there any drawbacks/disadvantages of this company and its windows?