Windows come in a wide range of styles and designs, each with their own unique set of features. Whether replacing old and outdated windows or seeking out the perfect fit for a new renovation, the possibilities are endless.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that many Calgary homeowners don’t know who, or rather where, to turn to for their actual purchase.
Should you go online? Head down to the local big box home improvement store? Or perhaps the windows company may have the best service and price?
Windows are a big investment. And as such, you should put just as much care, thought and consideration into where you buy from as you put into finding the windows themselves.
This guide, brought to you by Window Mart, the area’s favourite Calgary window retailer, will help you sort through the sea of options to find the right match for your needs.
Read on to learn more….
Local in Calgary, or Online Shopping?
Windows Calgary, or shopping Online? That is the question….
We buy everything from our clothes and gifts to groceries online…so why not Windows? Sounds convenient right?
While online shopping might be convenient, it also has some downsides. Let’s take a look below at why you may (or may not want to shop online for windows).
First up, shopping and buying are two very distinct activities when it comes to buying windows online. Many local brick and mortar stores will have an online presence where you can browse and view products, but may require your presence to get professional measurement taken prior to purchasing your windows.
While it might sound inconvenient, this process is for your own good. Outstanding quality, great value, expert advice and free consultation and estimate on your window project can help with making sure you are getting exactly what you need and can even save you money in the long run.
Benefits of Shopping Online:
- Easy to view and compare products
Downsides of Shopping online:
- Shipping costs
- Inaccurate measurements when done DIY
- No “in-person” support
- Returns may be difficult
One of the key benefits to browsing online and then getting a price quote in person or “on-site” is that the provider will help you up with sending over professional window installers who can accurately assess your situation and take precise measurements and give you expert advise.
This can end up saving you time, money and frustration when the time comes to actually install your windows.
According to HGTV Canada, professional advice can also help make sure that you make a sound investment and are able to get that money back out of your home if you ever decide to sell.
Benefits of Shopping Local:
- Local delivery means less chance of damage during transport
- Delivery on the day of installation
- Local support you can meet with in person
- You can view different types of windows in person
- Professional window installers
- In-store financing often available depending on the company you are dealing with
- Usually have great pre and post-sale support
Downsides of Shopping Local:
- Product selection might be limited
- Travel/drive time to for viewing and pickup
- Might not have the lowest prices
What is Important?
Each of your options will no doubt have their own “pros” and “cons”, many of which may or may not be applicable to your specific set of circumstances.
This is why it’s important to ask yourself what it is you value when investing in new or replacement windows for your home or business.
- How Much do you Value Local Service and Support?
Are you the type of person that likes to sit face to face when discussing important issues, or are you more of an introvert that prefers email, chat or phone communication?
- Is Price a Major Determining Factor?
Window pricing can be all over the board, from expensive custom designs to low-cost mass-produced options. Is your budget firm and set, or are you willing to work within a range that provides you options?
If budget is the primary motivational factor, then shopping online will likely give you access to the largest selection from which to get price quotes.
However, if other aspects of the purchase, like build quality, warranties, aesthetics, and service are important, you may be willing to pay a slightly higher premium to get them.
- Do you Have your Mind Set on a Specific Brand?
Not all providers carry or work with all brands. If you have your mind set on a specific brand your options will be limited to those providers that work with your desired manufacturer.
- Does Your Project Require Customization?
Sometimes explaining complicated projects and necessary customizations is best done in person in order to reduce the chance of error. Some providers may offer free on-site inspections, in-store consultations, or can send out an installer for an estimate to help gather all the information they need in order to make sure your order is placed with no errors.
Buying new or replacement windows can be an exciting endeavour, and one that can result in improving the energy efficiency and aesthetics of your home.
If you are having trouble finding the best place to buy windows in Calgary, follow the advice in this guide or visit Calgary’s established home renovation provider locally owned and operated Window Mart today!