Owning a home in Carlsbad, California is a dream for many people in Southern California who love this city with its amazing beaches, restaurants, shops, family-friendly amenities, and more. But just like any desirable location, the housing prices are quite steep. Even a small fixer-upper can cost more than a large, move-in-ready home in other parts of the country.
If you’re someone who was lucky enough to secure one of those fixer-uppers in Carlsbad, you’ll likely be looking for affordable home improvement professionals to help you transform it into your dream home. For replacement windows in Carlsbad that will make your home more energy efficient and secure, you should look for a company that specializes in new windows for existing homes. These companies are sometimes called “replacement window dealers”, because they represent multiple window manufacturers as authorized dealers of their products.
Replacement window dealers can often give homeowners access to replacement windows that are better than the ones they find in stores—from manufacturers that don’t sell directly to homeowners. These manufacturers, such as Anlin and Monte Verde, only allow their products to be sold by authorized dealers who also do the window installation. They do this to protect the integrity of their products, since improper installation can affect the performance of windows.
You might think that you’d pay more for windows sold and installed by replacement window dealers, but that’s often not the case. According Michal Bohm, owner of BM Windows in San Diego, replacement window dealers can often save you money because they cut out the middle man. He says, “When you buy replacement windows from home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes, they then outsource the installation of those windows to subcontractors. On the other hand, when you work with a replacement window company with in-house installers, you are only paying one company. At our company, we pass those savings on to our customers.”
Bohm continued, “In addition, the people hired by the ‘big box’ stores to do installations are often not specially trained in window installation like our installers are. You will almost always get a better end result from a dedicated window company.”
To summarize, replacement window dealers in Carlsbad can typically provide you with higher-quality products and professional installation, and do it for prices that are often lower than what you’ll get from home improvement stores. If this seems like a no-brainer, it is! If you’re not convinced, just get multiple quotes to compare. Get one from a home improvement store, one from a general contractor, and one or two from replacement window companies in Carlsbad. When you compare the quotes, you’ll likely find the quote from the replacement window dealer to be the best. In addition, replacement window companies like BM Windows may offer a lifetime guarantee that you won’t get from home improvement stores or general contractors. A replacement window dealer will also be more likely to help you if you ever have to make a warranty claim with the window manufacturer because of a product defect.