Posted by: Matt Miller
This article’s title is not just a hint; it’s a simple statement of fact. According to Daily Finance, one savvy customer, Margaret King, didn’t mind paying for a lifetime warranty for her windows ten years ago and she’d been benefiting from it ever since. “She’s used the warranty about six times to replace windows. Without the warranty, she would have had to pay about $500 in replacement costs out of pocket. “It’s quite refreshing to pick up the phone, not your checkbook, to correct any problems — from stains to breakage to track issues,” King says.”
This is why warranties are important for brand-new window installations, especially when working with reputable window companies. Fortunately, companies like Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia, a reputable contractor for window installation in Philadelphia, have partnerships with well-known brands so that their clients can reap the same benefits as King does. Although they vary from one brand to another, warranties are the only way to fix certain window problems that would otherwise require a homeowner to call his or her local window contractor.
Generally speaking, warranties are classified as either limited or full, with the main difference being the coverage of the window brand’s liability. Obviously, a full warranty is much better because it provides basic compensation like free repairs or replacements if ever the window fails to live up to the window brand’s guarantees or a full refund if the homeowners wants to; as per the statutes given by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. However, a full warranty isn’t exactly for life and may only last for, say, 15 years before expiring. That is the purpose of a lifetime warranty.
Homeowners should read the terms and conditions of their window warranty very carefully: tampering with the window or purposely inflicting damage on it can void the warranty. This means that carrying out a DYI (do-it-yourself) window repair project over the weekend can nullify a window’s warranty. There may also be specific points on how the coverage of the warranty actually works; for one, some window manufacturers may require the homeowner to notify them first of a window defect before he or she can call on a Philadelphia window company for repairs.
Such rules aren’t difficult to follow if the homeowner is responsible and sensible enough. Provided they take the time to look for the best window warranties, people also won’t need to fork out cash for window repairs.
(Article Excerpt and Image from When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Buy an Extended Warranty, Daily Finance, December 23, 2013)