Congratulations! You’ve replaced your windows and have made a great investment in the future and value of your home. However, you also need to protect that investment and your windows against any future issues that may create additional expenses you’d rather avoid. That’s where having a warranty becomes essential.
For any new window installations, we always recommend purchasing a warranty, even if it’s with a different provider than your window installer. Regardless if you don’t think you need one now, you’ll be glad you have it down the road! But how do you choose the warranty that is right for you? Is a lifetime warranty really a lifetime? What is covered? There are four key questions that you should always consider when choosing a warranty, which we’ll break down here.
Some companies will offer a lifetime warranty, but what does that mean? Typically, this refers to the standard lifetime of the window, rather than how long it might last in your home. As well, different materials may have different coverage times. Typically, the glass will have the longest warranty, but you should consider how long your coverage is for vinyl or wood windows. Be sure to consider the cost of the coverage versus the length of coverage when choosing your warranty provider.
Installation coverage can be broken down into a few different categories, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll discuss them all here. Be sure to ask if your warranty covers installation issues, and if so, for how long (typically this isn’t your full warranty period). If it isn’t included, determine how much extra it will be, as your windows are only effective if installed properly, and you don’t want any concerns later on. As well, consider if you will still be covered for any installation issues if you install the windows yourself versus using a contractor or the company installers.
Similarly to installation, ensure that you are fully aware of what is covered under your warranty period, and for how long. Is maintenance included? What about damage repairs due to accidents or weather? If you are using a different manufacturer and installer, be sure to determine what is covered by who, to ensure that there aren’t any gaps in your service or coverage.
Should you decide to sell your home before the warranty on your windows expires, are you able to transfer the warranty? This will add extra value when selling and ensure you aren’t paying for any services that you don’t really need.
When choosing a company for your replacement windows, it’s important to understand what warranty they offer, versus using an outside provider. Many professional window companies offer a lifetime warranty on their products, which is great, but make sure you know what this includes.
Ultimately, you can feel confident that you are getting the best value for your home when choosing your replacement windows. Check out the testimonials of other homeowners who have worked with window companies from across Ontario.
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