We thought it would be helpful to create a page that compiles all of the resources we reference throughout the site. This way you have everything you need in one place. We’ll be updating this page as we go along and we’ll be referencing it frequently. We recommend bookmarking this page for your convenience. Have fun!
Disclosure: some of the companies below have established relationships with The Window Dog that pay us small referral fees at no additional cost to you if you decide to work with them. Please know that we have significant personal experience with each of these companies and we recommend them because they are helpful, not because of the small referral fees we receive. This income does help us keep the lights on around here so if you think any of these companies will be helpful we encourage you to try them out and let us know how everything goes.
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Probably the number one takeaway from this whole site is that you can pick great windows, but if they’re not installed by a great company you’ll be out of luck. Here are two ways you can sort through all of the window companies in town to identify a few great folks to meet with.
Angie’s List: We’re sure you’ve heard of Angie’s List, but perhaps you haven’t joined yet. We can emphatically tell you that based on our significant experience there is absolutely no better way for a consumer to make sure they’ll be treated well. Angie’s List is a great way for consumers to hold service providers accountable and to understand who these companies are before you invite them into your home.
You can see our detailed post on Angie’s List From a Contractor’s Perspective and you can click this link to get a discount off of the regular price. Note that the smartest move is either the 2 year or 3 year membership as you save on the cost and they’ll refund 110% if you’re not satisfied.
HomeAdvisor: Find Local Home Window Services. Get Up to 4 Quotes Now. It’s Quick, Free, and Easy! Whether you’re skeptical of a paid list or you’d rather have prescreened local companies reach out to you Home Advisor represents a fantastic option.
They screen and approve local contractors in a variety of industries including windows and doors. By clicking here and submitting your info you’ll be contacted by up to 4 prescreened local companies who will bid for your project. You pay absolutely nothing, and your project will be moving forward right away.
Blinds.com: Once you have your new windows figured out it’s probably going to be time for new blinds, shades or window coverings. I purchased a whole house full of new blinds for our cabin and it couldn’t have worked out better. While I know a fair amount about windows I’m no expert when it comes to blinds.
I can tell you based on my personal experience that they offered a HUGE selection, easy instructions and a SureFit guarantee so I didn’t need to worry about measuring them correctly.
My new window coverings look fantastic, I personally saved over $1000 compared with a quote from a local installation company, and I installed my new blinds on 16 windows and 2 doors in less than 3 hours. Click here to take a look at what they have to offer.
Your new windows will thank you.
RealSidingInfo.com: If you’re thinking about getting some new siding along with your new windows you’ll find helpful vinyl siding reviews on this site. You’ll also find fiber cement siding reviews, product details and warranty info for all of the major siding manufacturers.
There is no better source of info on residential siding. As you’re comparing your options you’ll see that siding projects are typically more expensive than a window project. If you’re doing enough window research to have made it to this point on this site, you will definitely like the vinyl and fiber cement siding reviews that you’ll find here.
Window Universe: If you’re looking for new windows and doors installed by experts without the runaround often associated with projects like this you might look to see if Window Universe covers your area.
With their complete lifetime warranties, written 110% best value guarantee and long list of satisfied customers it’s hard to find a better deal when it comes to new windows and doors. Window Universe currently offers service in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Cleveland, Akron and Indianapolis.
LJ Neal & Sons: If you’re in the Chicago suburbs you’ll be well served by Leo and Bridgette from LJ Neal & Sons. They’ve been in business in the Chicago area for over 60 years and they take customer service seriously.
To learn more about how they can help with your project just give them a ring. They’ll schedule an appointment with the owners of the company so you can be sure your project will get detailed attention from start to finish. Their number is 630-929-6190 and their website is here.
So you’re going to tackle your window repair or replacement project yourself? We like it. Here are some specialty tools and materials that you’ll need.
If you’re replacing foggy or broken glass you’ll need these three things you probably don’t already have.
3. Glazing Tape like this to seal in the new glass unit. Double Coated Window Glazing Tape: 1/16 in. thick x 3/8 in. x 50 yds.
4. Screen Tool. Use this simple tool to rescreen any window screen in your home. Fixing a window screen is a simple task if you have the right tools. Here’s an inexpensive screen tool that will help you get the job done.