pittsburgh-window-quote.jpgWhen you’re tackling a replacement window project, it is important to know what to expect from potential dealers and installers in terms of a quote.

It is through the quote process that you will make the all-important decision of which company to work with. Here is what you can expect in a quote from Pittsburgh window installers.

Meet Face-to-Face With Potential Window Companies

After doing some initial research on window replacement options, make an appointment with a Pittsburgh window professional to discuss your needs and ideas for your new windows. Face-to-face meetings are important so that you can get a feel for the people you’ll be working with. These appointments are the time for you to ask questions and determine your comfort level with the company.

Be prepared to discuss your budget during these meetings, as well. Be honest about you are comfortable spending. Only with accurate budgeting information can a team provide you with a quote that will truly meet your needs in terms of energy efficiency, style, functionality and cost. In most cases, the company will set a second appointment to come to your home to take measurements and assess the structural situation around your existing windows. This data will also contribute to the final quote.

Getting the Quote & Contract

Each company has its own unique way of presenting a quote, but typically, estimates are based on the cost of the windows and labor. That labor is usually calculated by the sum of the length and width of each window and any extra work that may be needed. It should also include the disposal of old windows. If there is rot around the frames or other extensive damage, there may be other repairs included in your estimate. When you get your quote, it should also include information and disclaimers that legally protect both you and the professionals. Be sure the documents include:
  • A total bid price
  • A payment schedule
  • Work scope
  • Site plan
  • A schedule of construction tasks in sequence from first to last
  • A clause that outlines how changes will be handled
  • Warranty information and work guarantees
  • A dispute resolution clause
  • Lien waiver preventing subcontractors or others from putting a lien on your home if invoices are unpaid
Always make sure that your installers are licensed, bonded and insured, and understand the process of securing permits for your municipality. Homeowners within the city limits of Pittsburgh should also check to ensure that all contractors are licensed to work within the city limits. There are fines and penalties associated with hiring people to work on your home who do not hold city-specific permits.

Know Your Own Role

Once you’ve made the appointment for the windows to be installed, you should also know what you need to do that day. You won’t be assisting in the installation because you want the professionals to do that, but you will want to be close by and available to answer any questions, should they arise. When the project is complete, the supervisor should walk you through the care and maintenance of your windows, and address any questions you may have.


When dealing with a professional window dealer and installation team, you’ll have one or more warranties. Keep them in a safe place so you can refer to them if there are any issues or questions that arise days, weeks or months after the installation.

Choosing the right Pittsburgh window company can mean the difference between loving your new windows and hating them. If you are in the market for new windows and you are searching for a trusted Pittsburgh window professional, Legacy Remodeling is here to help.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about our track record, our methods and our ideas to help you get the most from your investment in replacement windows.