For some homeowners, a window replacement may not be the most costly home remodeling project. However, it can still be an important investment. For this reason, you might want to consider getting a solid warranty to ensure your windows installation goes seamlessly.
Before the work begins, make sure that you understand how your replacement window warranty works.
Length of Warranty Coverage
When it comes to the length of your warranty, there are three types you should know about: lifetime warranties, limited lifetime warranties and timeframe warranties. Lifetime warranties can cover your windows as long as they are subject to wear and tear. Meanwhile, limited lifetime warranties cover specific defect types and may not include the cost of labor to fix the issue. As for time frame warranties, they usually expire after a set number of years.
Additionally, the length of your warranty will often vary for different components of the window. As such, you have to read your contract carefully and understand the exact coverage time for each window component.
Components Covered by Warranty
The components covered by your warranty may vary as well, but the following are generally expected to be covered under the limited lifetime warranty. Window materials that have been damaged within the designated time frame can be covered under warranty. One example of window material coverage is vinyl extrusions in your window frame.
Malfunctioning hardware can also be repaired or replaced under the warranty as long as it falls within the period. If you have energy-efficient windows, they can also be covered by your warranty. Inert gases are designed to last many years inside of your windows, but there are some cases wherein they can deplete at a much faster rate.
When replacing your windows, you should hire professional window installers. This is because you might void your warranty should you attempt to install replacement windows on your own. If your new windows include upgrades, such as custom glass designs, etched glass or grids, any defects found in these products can also be covered by your warranty.
If you sell or move out of your house before your warranty expires, you should ask your insurer about the transfer of the warranty. There are instances wherein the warranty will be void, but transferable warranties may allow you to pass on the warranty to the next owner of your house. It’s also important to note that investing in a transferable warranty can add value to your home if you plan to sell it.
For more inquiries regarding your windows, get in touch with the window experts in Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis. We can assist you in any of your window needs, from sliding to casement windows. Call us today at (314) 332-2364, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We also offer services in St. Charles, MO.