Unfortunately, when it comes to
home repair, many companies and contractors are only out to
scam you. Since we started our business in 1988, we've
heard countless sales gimmicks from customers. Part of our
commitment to our customers & public is to educate them about
common and deceitful methods these companies use.
If it sounds
good to be true, it probably is. Be leery of the high
pressure sales tactics these companies use. The following
information are the most common ways these businesses scam:
Being pressured to "Buy
Now": This one is the biggest and it can apply to any kind
of contractor. What they do is come up with an outrageous
estimate, then give you a big discount if you buy their
product/service right then and there. Don't get sucked in
to this! Any reputable company WILL NOT pressure you
into a same-day-sale.
Single-Slider or Single Hung Windows:
All good quality uPVC Vinyl
windows are what it called "double-paned". The
window will come with two panes of glass, not one. A
Light-Weight window is one that has cheap light-weight vinyl.
Don't be scammed into buying these "light-weight" windows!
window based on the grade of the glass: Some salesman
will focus the sale on how good the quality of the glass
is--specifically triple-pane & "Low E" glass with Argon (Low-E glass is
filtration glass that block approximately 30% of harmful rays
and is an industry standard--at least with reputable companies).
This tactic is used to divert your attention away from the fact
that the rest of the window is "Light-Weight".
While this is an important part of the window, the frame is as
well and should never be over-looked.
Weather-Tight Stripping: (This is a big one) What some
salesman try to do is sell you on how air does not penetrate
the fixed part of the window. What they don't tell you is
that air will get through every other part, especially if it is
a bad installation job.
interlock: This is where the two sashes come together.
Be sure to take a good look to see how well it is made.
This is another way air will penetrate if not constructed
your windows be installed? Less reputable companies
will just slide the window into the opening, run a bead of
caulking and they're done. For whoever is installing your
windows, make sure the windows are insulated, trimmed and sealed
inside and out!
Warranty: Read the contract very carefully! For example, a company may
guarantee a life-long thermal pane, and they will give you the
free glass if it ever needs replacing. But what they don't
tell you is that they will charge you $200 for coming back and
installing the new pane.
History: Check out how long a company has been in business.
Also see if they are a member of the local Chamber of Commerce
or other affiliations.
strategies are pretty sleazy, huh? We spend a lot of time
cleaning up after these guys, So now that you are an informed
consumer, try to watch out for these dishonest companies that do
nothing more than steal your hard earned money.
people to take a look at our windows as well as our competitors
to see the differences. :-)
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