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Glass Installation: Should You Use Specialists or General Contractors?

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If you have a project in mind or need your window or door glass repaired, then you’re starting the process of finding someone to do the job.

The number of options available today is great for the consumer; you can pick and choose who you’d like to work with based on the factors that are important to you. But selecting the right company to help you can be daunting, especially when you aren’t sure of the differences between one and another.

For contractors, figuring out the best way to get window or glass installation done can be even more challenging. Sure, your team could probably handle the task—but are your guys really the best for the job?

Whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor, the goal for any glass installation or repair is to get it done efficiently and correctly without breaking the budget. With that said, here are some of the top reasons to consider hiring glass specialists for your installation and repair needs. 

Skills and Training  

Glass specialists are professionals who are trained and certified in installing and repairing windows, shower enclosures, mirrors, doors and more. Individual professionals may even have specialty areas within those categories.

These businesses have been built around one particular area of expertise, and have had years of experience to hone their specific skills over time. In the glass industry, this means that each technician, project manager, and sales rep has been trained and factory-certified in the craft, and they are able to focus on improving a very specific area of knowledge. Because of this specialization, you know that your project will be done right.

Contractors, take note: even if you just want a professional to come out and measure your client’s home for a window installation, both you and the homeowner will feel more comfortable knowing that the information is complete and accurate. Don’t hesitate to bring on a glass company if you know it will make the project go more smoothly.   

 

Warranties

From new windows to glass shower enclosures, glass is a significant investment. To protect that investment, most manufacturers offer warranties to cover any expenses that may result from a failure of their product.

From years of studying these warranties, we know that they are very specific. For example, a warranty on a new window typically won’t be valid unless the window is installed by a factory-trained technician. Additionally, warranties never cover damage or faultiness as a result of improper installation. Hiring a glass professional will help ensure that your new product’s warranty will protect you. Most importantly, glass professionals can assess the surrounding area to assure that it’s suitable for the product.

 

Availability

For homeowners, a professional glass company provides the perfect opportunity to see product options in person before making a decision.  The company will typically have a showroom with specific open hours, so you can stop into the shop when it’s convenient for you.

If you’re on the contractor side, consider how long it will take to complete a job. Obviously, if you need to add window installation or shower enclosure installation to your to-do list, it will add a few days to your crew’s timeline. Call in a glass company as a subcontractor to supplement your team and reduce the project time. While the man-hours might remain the same, the actual number of days will be significantly less.

 

Job Quality

Beyond the protection of the warranty, the quality of the installation or repair impacts the way someone lives in their home. It can also impact the functionality of the product that was installed. So, while general contractors may be able to save a bit of money upfront, the installation may actually end up costing more down the line. Improper installation can shorten the lifespan of the product, meaning that investment in a new version might arrive sooner than you think.

Of course, we are not suggesting that construction generalists will perform a poor installation. It’s simply the difference between a company that specifically installs and repairs glass to a company that does many different aspects of the construction process. If you’re a general contractor, consider subbing to a glass company so that you can deliver higher quality results to your customers without stretching your own team.   

 

There are many talented and skilled professionals today whose services you can consider. Ultimately, the decision of who to hire for your glass installation or repair project is up to you. Be sure to read reviews and do your research before hiring anyone to ensure that you work with a company you trust.  

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