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sueluu
Who to hire for replacement windows?

We want to hire professionals to replace the windows for our Houston home built in 1950. The old windows are made of steel (not even aluminum per the remodel contractor) and have been paint-shut. The operators for these casement windows are not visible (not on the sill) or have been removed. The lattice screens attached to the soffit outside of the windows need to be removed during the installation.

We are wondering if we should hire a window companies or a remodel contractor given the age of the house and the possible problems during/after installation of the new vinyl windows. Any suggestion will be appreciated!

dj1
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

To find a good installer do some research, make phone calls and follow up on referrals. The reason: poorly installed window will lead to leaks and other troubles.

So who can installed windows? window companies and finished carpenters.

A. Spruce
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

It is a fairly common practice these days for trades to remain specific to their license, both for legal reasons and for ease of work. In so being, you may have to hire two different companies, one to do the removal/install of the lattice, the other to do the window replacements.

gerardmatthews
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

I have always been a fan of hiring home builders for this type of work. Many of them are slow this time of year and do general remolding.

Consider price, but go with your gut after you meet with multiple contractors for bids. All the contractors are going to do their best to avoid major issues, but everyone once in a while something unexpected happens and you want a contractor that you know will take care of you if something crazy happens.

Also, don't even give a thought to hiring door-to-door windows salespeople. They are very convincing but they are not what you want. Same goes for any "you have to sign now to get the best rebate" kind of approaches. As they say: a good deal today will still be a good deal tomorrow.

You might try calling your utility company. Many of them have rebate programs for energy saving windows and they often maintain a list of contractors.

Tony_01
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

If you need to replace windows and doors for your home, you should hire a professional for your windows replacement.
If you hire a professional then he gives you serviceman who can provide you various choice like frame and designs and you can choose the metallic frame and you can get frame made of wood. Remember that when you searching the best professional for replacement windows, you should ask for references form each professional and contact from different contractor when choosing the professional for your need.

sueluu
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.

We are in a sticky situation that we do not know if the house contain lead paint. We are hesitate about getting the house tested and labelled as "lead positive", and certainly do not want to disturb lead if there is any. On the other hand, we do need to get some fresh air/circulation in the house. I have heard differnet percentages of 1950 houses with lead paint.

dj1
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?
sueluu wrote:

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.

We are in a sticky situation that we do not know if the house contain lead paint. We are hesitate about getting the house tested and labelled as "lead positive", and certainly do not want to disturb lead if there is any. On the other hand, we do need to get some fresh air/circulation in the house. I have heard differnet percentages of 1950 houses with lead paint.

Here is where we can't help you, you need to get the home tested and decide what to do, yourself.

gerardmatthews
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

Just buy a home test kit and find out yourself.

In many states a test has to be done if windows are replaced. In other state the contractor will let you sign a wavier.

Find out your state laws and stay within them. You really do not want a contractor that is willing to break state law for you. This is not a sign of a good-ol-boy. It is more likely someone who has something to hide anyway (uninsured, crossways with the state, etc) and will not hesitate to leave you in the dust if something goes wrong.

Also, in Oregon, the laws are not that hard or expensive to follow once you get the hang of them.

Crowealethea
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

Vinyl is a good choice if you’re looking for new replacement windows. It’s durable, doesn’t rot and rust easily, and is built to last. We have vinyl replacement windows in our house too; we got ours from Champion. Call them if they’re in your area or visit championwindows.com for more details.

SammyJo
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

I'm not in the Houston area but I had the same problem in my parents house and we hired a window replacement company to take care of it all. E-glass services handles everything from the time they do a consultation of the work you need done until the project is complete, and then they even give you a lifetime warranty! Whoever you go with, make sure they are going to be available for further maintenance down the road. Considering the age of the house you are bound to have future problems, so just make sure you have a guarantee that they will fix any issues that come up. Good luck!

rstl9999
Re: Who to hire for replacement windows?

Where I live I went with a local company who manufactures and installs windows, and have been very pleased. Plus it supports a nice local family-owned company. Perhaps there is such a company in your area. Cheers.

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