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High Pressure Window Sales Hit Albany & Corvallis Areas

Carl Christianson

We recently had a number of clients call us concernig high pressure window sales in the local areas. While many of these guys put on good presentations the reality is that most of them are far from doing decent work! Figure the fact that most of these guys are offering overpriced products with little to no warramty even though they offer lifetime warranty. A company that goes out of buisness next year has zero liability for warranty next year. One of our own carpenters has had no less than 6 offers i the last two onths from these companies! He was simply amazed at the sales approach these guys were using. Completely false advertising like  ” These windows will save you thousands on heating in just a few years.”  “This offer is limited to this week only” or “If your neigbor does this with you you will recieve an added bonus”.

To understand how these companies work, you have to understabnd the buisness model:

Sale hard and fast, move frequiently, shut down and start up a new buisness before warranties can be called into effect. Stay ahead fo the complaints and keep moving onto new territories.

These guys tend to pray on fast high pressure sales as the way to seal the deal for insuring work. They do not want you to get competitive pricing from other contractors, nor do they want you to inquire of their company history. Most of these salesmen do not know of other company products or the performance qualities of cometing brands. Nearly all of these companies are national and do not have reputations within the community. There is little risk for salesmen who know they are not going to be back through the region again so repeat buisness is not an option. Most of the sales reps require a signature from the homeowner to get paid in the event of a delined offer. Dont sign anything!!!!! Even if it is a refusal of services offer.

Dont fall prey to their gimicky “tests” with heat lamps or meters that are made to punch their sales.  On their own, windows cannot enhance the weatherization of a house that much. This is one reason that windows now have to be combined with other incentives to qualify for most rebates.

Remember that in todays standards windows in their most effective state with tripple insulated argon filled low e glass can only perform to R11 at best. Code requires that all new construction has R19 minimum in walls period.  Windows that perform to even R11 standards are only available with just a few manufacturers and have astronomical pricing attached and even require special installation, shipping and handling.  Aluminum windows are not “Outlawed”, they pose problems with sweating and reduce the thermal break between a warm or cool house and a warm or cool exterior. We dont use them much now because there are more efficeint alternatives.

When you are ready to replace your houses windows, please take the time to get quotes from local builders who have a vested reputation and plan on being here for the long run. An honest builder will not try to sell window replacment when you do not even have insulation in your underfloor framing and crawlspace or attic areas!

Get as much company information as possible.

Dont make snap decisions. A reputable contractor willhonor his price for 30 days minimum.

Check with the Contractor Licensing Board. Make certain that there are no outstanding past client conflicts.

Get salemens names and contact numbers and report pushy or rude tactice to the Better Buisness.

Help put an end to this type of business and help look out for your neighbors! If this sales approach has a single success in an area you can expect the community to be blanketed soon.