Trust is one of the major issues homeowners have to overcome when hiring a contractor to install new windows. There are several things homeowners can look at when determining if a contractor is reputable: online sites such as Homestars, length of time in business, and referrals from friends and family are all good places to start.
But one of the most surefire ways to judge the competency of a potential contractor is by whether or not they are Window Wise certified.
If you’re a homeowner looking into having new windows installed, you may have heard about the Window Wise quality assurance program, which is operated by SAWDAC. There are several advantages to choosing a Window Wise contractor:
- Credibility: The Window Wise certification is not just a piece of paper that gets handed out to contractors who pay for it. To be eligible, contractors must offer a minimum 5-year workmanship guarantee, carry liability insurance, have been in business for at least 3 years, and have maintained a good credit rating. These factors make the Window Wise certificate a great tool for quickly vetting potential contractors.
- $500 off each new window you have installed: Did you know that you’re eligible for $500 off each new window you have installed for up to 10 windows through the GreenON government rebate? One of the conditions of the rebate is that you must use a Window Wise contractor to be eligible. This alone is worth choosing a Window Wise installer. To learn more about the GreenON rebate, click here.
- Peace of mind: Are you unsure whether your Window Wise contractor performed their job adequately? Have SAWDAC send out an inspector to make sure. Where typically consumers have no recourse, they now have access to independent inspections, when deemed appropriate.
- It’s about more than just the contractors: Window manufacturers need to be approved by Window Wise just like contractors do. All approved Window Wise Canadian replacement window manufacturers have been tested and exceed building code standards for energy efficiency, air infiltration, water leakage and strength, and will provide significant energy saving benefits.
To learn more about the GreenON rebate, or the benefits of choosing a Window Wise certified contractor, call Edmunds today at (905) 472 0120.