What Should a Window Contract Include?

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Has this happened to you? You spend a lovely evening at a friend’s home; it’s tidy and fresh and gives you that feeling of relaxation. Then you go home, look around, and all you can think is yuck! What’s wrong? Could it be your windows? If they could talk, what would they say? “Fix me!”  

It may be time to replace those worn-out panes of glass that have become a pain in the glass. 

Whether you’re in the heart of Houston, bustling in another big city, or kicking back in a cozy small town, swapping out your windows is like planning an epic adventure – it’s a colossal task.

Why Include a Contract?

Not to worry; you can replace your windows without losing your marbles. It starts with a trustworthy company with a proven track record, like Mr. Windows. When enlisting the services of a professional, a window replacement contract should always be part of the agreement. Why? 

A contract for a window replacement project is crucial for several reasons:

  • Clear Communication and Expectations: A contract is a formal agreement that outlines the scope of work, specific details about the windows to be installed, and the responsibilities of both parties (client and contractor). This clarity helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures everyone is on the same page.
  • Contracts provide both parties with legal protection. They specify terms and conditions, including warranties, liabilities, payment schedules, and project timelines. 
  • Scope Definition: The project outlines what will be done, which windows will be replaced, and the materials to be used. 
  • Quality Assurance: The contract includes details about materials, installation methods, and quality standards.
  • Timeline and Completion Dates: This holds the contractor accountable for meeting deadlines. 
  • Permits and Regulations: Contractors are often required to obtain permits and follow local building codes to ensure compliance and avoid legal pitfalls.
  • Insurance and Liability: A contract may outline insurance coverage, liability limitations, and warranties for the work performed, protecting the contractor and the client in case of accidents, damages, or faulty installations.

What should the specifics of the contract include? Here’s a basic list from Mr. Windows to help guide your project:

Contract Overview

The project aims to replace windows in a residential or commercial property to improve energy efficiency, appearance, and functionality. The scope involves removing existing windows and installing new, high-quality windows that meet modern standards and local regulations.

A free estimate should be included, along with a consultation. To help you make an informed decision, a professional should sit down with you and explain:

  • Products and costs: A breakdown of the products and fees, including labor and building materials, should be listed.
  • Packages available: An outline of different packages and pricing options provides clear choices.
  • Project details: The number and size of windows to be replaced, along with the materials to be used and the timeline for the project.
  • Property information:
    • Address
    • Type: residential or commercial
    • Number of windows
  • Product Details:
    • Window type: double-hung, casement, picture windows
    • What materials will be used: vinyl, wood, aluminum, or fiberglass?
    • Energy efficiency rating, if applicable, such as Energy Star certification
    • Size and dimensions
    • Hardware and accessories: handles, locks, screens
  • Scope of Work:
    • Removal of existing windows
    • Proper disposal of old windows
    • Installation of new windows
    • Sealing and insulation
    • Trim and finish work
    • Proper cleanup
    • Quality assurance checks
  • Timeline:
    • Property preparation: materials the company provides to secure the property, such as drop cloths
    • Start date
    • Completion date
    • Milestones: breakdown of significant project phases
  • Credentials
  • Contractual Details:
    • Contractor information: (Company name, contact person, contact details).
    • Track record: how long has the company been in business? Can they provide referrals?
    • Contractors should carry worker’s compensation insurance in addition to general liability insurance.

Financial Commitment

  • Payment Schedule. 
  • Outline of budget and payment terms: price of the project, payment schedule, and any additional costs or unforeseen expenses. This protects both parties from unexpected financial burdens.
  • Safety measures.
  • Customer communication: regular updates and progress reports.
  • Quality assurance.

Of course, additional items may be listed in the contract; it depends on the project, but how do you know you need new windows? First, you may need an assessment. 

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When You Need an Assessment

Are you experiencing the following?

  1. Drafts: Feel noticeable drafts around closed windows, indicating poor insulation or sealing.
  2. Decaying Frames: Wooden frames might show signs of rot, while metal frames can rust, affecting window usefulness.
  3. Condensation Between Panes: Moisture between double or triple-pane windows suggests seal failure, impacting energy efficiency.
  4. Difficulty Operating: Windows that are hard to open, close, or lock may have structural issues or worn-out mechanisms.
  5. Increased Energy Bills: Inefficient windows can cause a spike in energy bills.
  6. Noise Infiltration: If you’re experiencing increased noise from outside, it could mean your windows aren’t providing good sound insulation.
  7. Visible Damage: We’ve already mentioned this, but it’s worth another nod: Cracks, chips, or breaks in the glass or frames are visible signs that replacement might be necessary.
  8. Fading Furniture or Carpets: Excessive UV rays entering through windows can cause fading on furniture or carpets.
  9. Age of Windows: If your windows are over 15-20 years old, they might be less efficient and could benefit from an upgrade.
  10. Security Concerns: Old or damaged windows might compromise home security; always remember safety first.

Are you still trying to figure out how to replace those windows? What’s stopping you? 

Ask yourself the following: Are you worth it? Mr. Windows believes you are. That’s why we work with you to help you choose the right look for your home and the package that works for your budget. 

At Mr. Windows, we’re family-owned. You’ll never be pressured; it’s all about you. We’ll help you write the contract that works for you. 

Your home is your sanctuary, your place to unwind. It makes no sense to settle for windows that keep you from seeing your home’s best self, so why should you? Don’t put off today what you should have done yesterday. 

Winter is upon us, meaning summer will knock on the door next. Call Mr. Windows right away and find out how easy it is to have your windows replaced.

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