Posts tagged with "replacement window contractor"

Let The Consumer Beware…

 

A couple of months ago I posted an article on the Jantek Windows blog that stressed the importance of consumers vetting any contractor that they are considering for their replacement window and patio door project. Last month a very high profile event occurred in the replacement window and door industry that underscores the intent of that article. Caveat Emptor.

A very large, national, Home Improvement “big box” retailer agreed to pay a fine of $20.75 MM, the largest such fine settlement ever, to the EPA and US Department Justice, for its failure to follow the EPA’s  Lead Paint Rules in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Specifically, the settlement resolves the company’s repeated violations of the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting or RRP Rule. The rule requires all contractors (yes ALL) to test for the presence of lead based paint before conducting home renovations for homes built prior to 1978. The company that was the subject in this case uses subcontractors exclusively in their remodeling and installation work nationwide. In violation of the law, they utilized sub-contractors that were not EPA certified.  They did not test the job site for lead based paint before doing the work as required. They did not follow EPA lead safe work practices to avoid spreading lead dust and paint chips during the work.  They did not perform a lead clearance after completion of the work.  These violations put the company’s customers, especially small children in these buildings and homes, at risk of exposure to lead inhalation or ingestion.

Checklist items #6 and #7 in my blog article for Jantek Windows  “The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist” have the consumer specifically asking for copies of the  contractor’s and subcontractor’s  required EPA Lead Certification credentials and appropriate information about the how the contractor is supposed to test and complete the work should lead paint be found.

The facts in this high visibility case illustrate that Consumers should do their homework. Certainly, they should not be so enamored with the big corporate names to the extent they are moved to blind trust and do not ask the important questions up front.

You can download a copy of “The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist” at www.jantekwindows.com.

5 Things Every Replacement Window And Patio Door Shopper Should Know BEFORE They Receive an Estimate

Ok, so you've finally decided this is the year for replacement windows and patio doors in your home or building. Great! I want you to know this article is specifically written for you, the replacement window and patio door shopper.
Because buying replacement windows and patio doors is something we don't get much practice at, many people frankly go about it the wrong way. This is understandable; especially considering "How to Buy Replacement Windows And Patio Doors" is not currently part of any high school or college curriculum across the country.

But we live in a day and age where information abounds at every corner. And with such information now available to everyone, the replacement window and patio door shopper of today is nothing like the one of just five years ago. However, with more availability of information comes with it more of a responsibility on the replacement windo and patio door shopper's part.

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The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

 


By Frank Giuseppini

If you are seriously considering a replacement window project, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make!

At the top of this list stands one preeminent question:

How do I select a reputable replacement window contractor?

This question is so important because the expertise and integrity of your replacement window and patio door contractor will play a huge role in determining the final outcome of your project.

To assist you in this process, we at Jantek Windows have put together a checklist to help you vet replacement window contractors. This checklist is based on our experience of not only working with over a thousand replacement window customers throughout Southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area, but also from helping hundreds of folks who found us through the internet find reputable replacement window contractors in their area (see more about this below).

So, regardless of where you live or whether you are looking for wood clad, metal, composite or vinyl replacement windows, this checklist will help you identify various criteria to look for when selecting your replacement window contractor.

Okay, lets get right to it!

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The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors


By Frank Giuseppini

I recently came to the conclusion that even in this “age of Google,” it is still difficult for consumers to do online up front research on what it will cost to replace the windows and patio doors in their home or business.  Replacement windows and patio door companies’ websites tout their discounts and savings, but rarely allow you to understand what your final cost may be.  You have to have a virtual (Skype, Zoom, etc.) or in-home appointment with a salesman to get an idea of what your actual cost may be. I want to change that! Continue Reading