5 Tips for Hiring the Right Window Contractor

Hiring the right contractor for any job is important. However, it’s critical when engaging the services of an impact window installer. Costs can vary wildly and expensive doesn’t automatically mean better. A poorly performed installation can negate the purposes for which the windows were installed. The following are five tips for choosing the right window contractor in South Florida.

License & Insurance

The contractor of choice should have any pertinent licenses and be fully insured. Most professionals will display their license number on their business card and if they don’t, ask for it. They must be licensed in the locale in which the work will be performed and their license must be current. Licensing ensures that the contractor has passed written exams and works to industry standards.

References

While many business owners no longer keep hard copies of references in the digital age, clients aren’t shy about leaving reviews and recommendations online. Take the time to read reviews and contact individuals that have left both negative and positive experiences.

Contracts & Estimates

A reputable contractor will have no problem making a visit to the property where the work will be performed and provide a written estimate of what the entire job will cost. It should clearly state what will be done, how long it will take, the materials and products that will be used, and the full cost, labor included.

Make sure cleanup and disposal services are included in the contract, along with any warranty information. The contract should include the contractor’s name, address, phone number, and professional license number. Never pay for a job in full before it’s completed, don’t pay in cash, and always get a receipt.

Permits

There will be permits that are required before any work can commence and the regulations can vary depending upon the municipality. The selected contractor should be cognizant of the permits needed and obtain them prior to work beginning.

Better Business Bureau

Scam artists and the unscrupulous are using creative new ways to take advantage of the unwary. Even if the contractor has a strong online presence, good reviews, and boasts years of experience, a quick check with the Better Business Bureau can be extremely helpful in weeding out those that lack experience or are less than honest about their abilities and qualifications.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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Necessary Hurricane Protections for your Home

The first reaction for many people is panic when they discover a hurricane is coming and they go into a frenzy of activity trying to prepare their home. There are some precautions and preparations you can make to make the process easier and protect your home, even if you have to evacuate.

Windows and Doors

The glass in windows and doors will be the first to be damaged in high winds. Storm shutters should be put up or plywood nailed in place. Another option is the installation of impact resistant glass that resists breakage during impacts. It’s a good idea to keep the appropriate pieces of plywood on hand as a precaution. When a hurricane is imminent, plywood may be in short supply as people converge on stores to purchase it.

Sandbags

Flooding is a major issue during a hurricane due to torrential rains and storm surges. Sandbag stations are typically set up throughout communities and the filled bags should be placed around doors and the perimeter of your home if you have enough to do so. Doors and basement windows will be a primary entryway for stormwater that enters the home.

Secure the Yard

Any item left unsecured in a yard can turn into a dangerous projectile in a hurricane’s high winds. Place children’s toys, lawn furniture, trash containers and other moveable items in a garage or other structure that can be securely closed.

Vegetation Management

Don’t wait until a hurricane is on the horizon to take care of lawn maintenance. That includes trimming dead or damaged limbs and branches, removing dead trees, and having any fruits removed from palm trees. Dead or diseased branches can break off and do a considerable amount of damage to your home and the abodes of others.

Monitoring Systems

From security systems to carbon monoxide detectors, homes are equipped with a variety of monitoring systems. If you have to evacuate, it’s a good idea to notify the appropriate parties so they know the reason if an alarm goes off. Conversely, power loss will result in the system being inoperative. Carbon monoxide monitors are especially important if you’re sheltering in place and using a generator to power systems.

Inventories and Documents

Everyone should keep an inventory of their valuables in the event of an emergency. That can include jewelry, paintings, electronics and even weapons. Photograph valuables, scan pertinent documents such as insurance policies and vehicle registrations and save it all on a flash drive in a waterproof container. If you need to evacuate, you’ll still have the valuable documents and inventories, even if the originals are destroyed.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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What Are Impact Doors?

One of the most prudent steps you could take to safeguard your home from the devastating impact of a hurricane is to install hurricane impact doors on your residential property. This is especially true whether you’re a developer architect, contractor or a member of a condo association. Large, hurricane-resistant properties require the protection of multiple hurricane proofing windows and hurricane impact doors to keep expansive, devastating property damage at bay. In fact, in some areas across South Florida, even homes without a single window or door are required to be built with these types of hurricane-resistant construction features. You should also consider adding these types of hurricane resistance features to rental properties as well. This will help to ensure that your rental property is protected in the event of a hurricane.

 

These are specially designed doors that open to either side in response to an impact and resist debris and pressure. While they don’t offer any type of insulation or air leaks like traditional sash and window construction, they do provide a strong barrier to protect your home or business against heavy winds and hail. They are typically manufactured out of galvanized steel to ensure that they are long-lasting and withstand the forces of hurricanes.

 

These strong impact doors use a double curtain system comprised of plastic strips that run between two panes of glass. The first layer of glass is commonly made of PVC, fiberglass or laminate, while the second layer consists of PVC film. The PVC film is often acrylic, but sometimes composite materials are used. This film is sprayed with an adhesive that holds it together, providing you with a lifetime of protection. Many companies offer a 100% money-back guarantee against damage due to wind, hail, water damage and so on. In fact, many impact windows and doors come with a limited warranty against breakage due to impact, while others offer a lifetime warranty.

 

Another option when it comes to these durable, energy-efficient doors is that they can be installed without any frame, leading to a very sleek appearance. If you have a home that does not already have a great appearance, then an impact glass door is the perfect way to update your home. The only issue with this type of door is that they may cause some slight displacement in the structure of your home’s interior because of the weight of the glass. If your existing doors are aluminum, then this may not be a problem, but if your home is constructed from wood, you will need to consider adding a frame to the home. However, there are many impact doors that come with frames built right into them so that you do not need to make any modifications to your home’s interior.

 

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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Opening up your Home by Adding a Sliding Glass Door

No matter what name they’re commonly called, sliding glass doors add a touch of class to any home, enable families to enjoy more natural light, provide a way to extend living space, and add a sense of spaciousness in any environment. They can be installed in virtually any room of the house to open on a patio, deck, pool, or exciting outdoor vista.

Sliding glass doors are offered in a variety of styles to accommodate any décor and color preference. Factors to consider when choosing your sliding glass doors encompass their placement, energy efficiency, desired level of light, air flow, maintenance, the view outdoors, and cost.

You have a wide range of glass from which to choose. Laminated and insulated laminated glass is available to provide thermal protection, visible light transmission, and it’s an affordable option. An exterior keyed security lock can be included, they’re offered in 2-4 track selections, along with aluminum or steel packages.

Sliding glass doors run the gamut and can include insulating glass with thermal enhancements of argon gas, privacy glass that obscures the interior of the home, and single pane and tempered glass can be selected. There are multiple panel sizes to accommodate an extensive number of space requirements. Depending upon the selected model, raised or recessed door handles can be included while other models feature fingertip ease of opening.

Sliding glass doors aren’t just for egress to the outdoors. They’re equally effective within the home to separate rooms or function as a transparent wall. They create an excellent focal point in any room, provide the perception of expansiveness, and add an exceptional touch of luxury.

Adding a sliding glass door to your home is an elegant way to update its appearance and accentuate architectural styles. Today’s sliding glass doors are energy efficient, available in multiple styles and colors, and enable you to take advantage of outside illumination that can aid in reducing energy costs. They have the ability to facilitate the natural flow of traffic in homes whether they’re used inside or as an exterior door to the great outdoors.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

Hurricane Protection, Beauty, and Integrity…

Call Us Today For a Free Estimate 561-909-8055