What Things to Consider Before You Hire a Window Installer

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Happy Valley, OR replacement windows

You can’t go wrong hiring the right contractor to install your Happy Valley, OR replacement windows, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some service providers that are more skilled than are others. Buying new windows constitutes a substantial investment, so you want to get them put in by the most experienced of professionals out there.   

Here’s a look at some of the things you should consider before you hire a professional contractor to install your new windows.  

Experience 

You’re more likely to appreciate the end result if you find a contractor who has years of experience under his or her belt. This isn’t to say that someone with less experience can’t do just as professional a job, but odds are that someone with lots of experience will be a safer bet than someone with a little bit of experience. So be sure to ask prospective service providers about their experience level so that you can weigh whether or not they warrant further consideration.  

Insurance 

Professional contractors who don’t have insurance should be stricken from your list of consideration. The insurance policy, which should include workers’ compensation and liability coverage, is a sign that the contractor in question is looking out for the customers’ interest and for his or her own interests. It’s actually the sign of a true professional in the contractor space to hold insurance with the necessary coverage.  

Licensing 

This is a very important point. You don’t want to hire a professional contractor unless the person is licensed as a window installer. Licensing is like validation. It shows that the license holder has demonstrated the competence and expertise needed to take on the job in question. So when you find a licensed window installer, you’ll know that the person can do the job for you in a way that reflects best practices in workmanship. 

Past Customers 

If the professional contractor has years of experience, then it should be no problem for him or her to provide references from people who can vouch for his or her work. Ask for references and spend the time to call them up and ask some questions. You want to get previous customers’ overall general experiences. Ask them if they were happy with the results, if the contractor communicated well, if the contractor stuck to the agreed upon installation price, if the contractor arrived on time and was diligent on the job, and other things of this nature. After you’ve considered what the past clients have said, you’ll be in a better position to decide who to hire.  

When you need to get your replacement windows in Happy Valley, OR installed, look no further than Kemp’s Windows Inc. for the best installers in the business. We’re fully bonded, licensed, and insured in both Oregon and Washington. And our installers are AAMA certified, so you can count on our workmanship. Call us at (503) 659-7587 or visit us at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267 to learn more about how we can help you with your remodeling project. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Windows Professionally Installed

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Gladstone, OR replacement windows

Getting replacement windows will bring immediate improvements to your home or cottage, but those benefits will largely be dependent on how well they’re installed. It might be tempting to cut expenses by putting in the windows on your own, but the only way you can receive benefits like superior energy efficiency and a more comfortable interior environment is by installing them properly. Consider these 3 reasons why it pays to get your Gladstone, OR replacement windows put in by professional contractors who specialize in window installation.  

  1. Professional Results

When you have professional installers do the job, you’ll be able to benefit from their years of experience. Contractors who install windows day after day and year after year will have not only the experience, but also the expertise needed to ensure that you get all of the benefits of new windows. It might seem easy enough to install windows on your own, but it’s best to pay a little bit more on top of the cost of your windows to ensure that they’re installed properly. All it’ll take is one mistake as a DIY to potentially wreak havoc on your investment. So it makes sense, all things considered, to get the pros to do the work.  

  1. Enjoy the Benefits

You don’t want to make the investment in new windows and then fail to get the benefits that prompted your purchasing decision in the first place. But that’s what you’d likely be doing if you were to shoulder the task of installing the windows on your own. There are loads of possible benefits of new windows such as energy efficiency, utility cost savings, more interior comfort, more natural light, better view of the outside and reduced fading of furniture. These are the sorts of benefits that can see you achieve a return on investment. However, improperly installed windows will reduce, if not entirely eliminate, the benefits. If you hire professional contractors to take on the job, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits that motivated your window buying decision.  

  1. Peace of Mind

If you seek to install the windows yourself and make a mistake that damages them, there goes your investment. But when you hire contractors who are experienced at installing replacement windows, you won’t have to worry since any potential mistakes will be remedied by the installers. Also consider that you could potentially forfeit some warranty protection if you opt to install them yourselves. Get peace of mind and enjoy the warranty by calling in the pros.  

Kemp’s Windows Inc. is the replacement window specialist you’ll want in your corner for quality windows and expert installation. Our family owned and operated company is fully bonded, licensed, and insured in Oregon and Washington, and our installers are AAMA certified. Call us at (503) 659-7587 or visit us at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267 for a free, no-obligation consultation on the replacement windows in Gladstone, ORthat you need. Let us know how we can help with your remodeling project. 

How to Know Whether to Repair or Replace Windows

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replacement windows in Portland, OR

It’s easy to take your windows for granted, but when they do start to cause you problems, you’ll notice them in a hurry. If you do experience issues like drafts, fog or leaks, do you know whether to repair or replace? You can save a bundle if the problems can be fixed with a quick and easy repair, but there are times when it will make more sense to buy new windows. Here’s how to tell if you can fix your windows or if you need Portland, OR replacement windows.  

Water Leaks 

If you see water on the inside of your windows, there’s a strong possibility that the problem is actually occurring around your windows as opposed to through your windows. Consider that problems with your drainage gutters as well as issues with your drainpipes can cause water to backtrack and get in through your windows. Before you decide to replace the windows, fix your drainage system problems and observe closely for a while to see if the water leakage problem is a thing of the past. But if the problem persists, you can be fairly certain that the window casing on the exterior is no longer holding up. You should consider getting new windows if, after pursuing the aforementioned tips, you find that the water is getting in through your windows.  

Damaged or Broken Glass 

It makes sense to replace the window if the problem is broken or damaged glass. If you have single pane windows, you can potentially repair those at a discount to replacing. But remember that single pane windows don’t offer the energy efficiency benefits of multiple pane windows, so it might be a good time to upgrade. When you consider the benefits of replacement windows, you may find that it makes more sense to get new windows than to upgrade old ones.  

Broken Mechanisms 

If the mechanisms on your window are either not working properly or not working at all, you can reach out to the manufacturer to see if you can get replacement parts. It is sometimes possible to save some money by simply switching out the faulty mechanisms rather than by replacing the entire windows. But if your windows are older, you may have trouble tracking down replacement parts. Since you don’t want windows that don’t operate properly, you may decide to upgrade to replacement windows if you can’t fix the mechanism issues with replacement parts.  

Fog 

If your windows are fogged up, this means that there’s water condensation inside your windows’ multi-paned insulated glass unit, or IGU. Since IGUs are permanent and sealed, they can’t be repaired. The sole option in these cases is to remove the existing windows and to replace them.  

When you need replacement windows in Portland, OR, Kemp’s Windows Inc. is the only name you need to know. Founded in 1979, we’re a family owned and operated company that installs interior and exterior windows. For a free consultation, call us at (503) 659-7587 or stop by our showroom at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267. 

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Kemp's Windows, Inc.

16107 SE McLoughlin
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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