The two main questions that homeowners want their windows manufacturer to answer before starting on a window and door replacement project are, “how much will it cost me?” and, “how long will it take?”

While these questions are very important, the right answer is very relative.

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The downpayment is the first step of paying for your windows replacement project, and ultimately getting it underway. Much more than a partial payment for the work to be done, the downpayment is an act of good faith between the homeowner and the window suppliers. The industry standard is to collect as much as 50% of the total balance to as little as 20%. This amount is ultimately collected to cover the cost of manufacturing the windows and doors. Considering that custom windows are the most popular for renovation projects, the likelihood of them being re-used for another project is highly unlikely.

Payment Options
In today’s day and age, it is possible to pay for a home improvement project in more ways than one. The conventional method of payment – cash- is less secure but is still widely accepted. Payment by personal cheque is possible. Additionally most companies provide their crews with card terminals to make payment by credit card or debit card accessible as well.

If funds are not readily available, it is also possible to pay for the project through financing.  While most companies do not finance projects themselves, it is possible to arrange it through a third party. The most common lenders are Manitoba Hydro in Manitoba and SNAP financial throughout Canada. Manitoba Hydro finances your project through your hydro bill for a 60-month period. SNAP financial allow you to defer your payments for 3, 6 and 12-month periods with competitive rates and monthly payments. If you are looking for financial flexibility, this is definitely a way to achieve it.

Time Frames
The question of time is a little bit more difficult to answer as it is highly dependent on the contents of the order. Rather than the type of installation, an order’s production time depends more on the additional options and window styles. A standard delivery time for custom made windows is 6 to 8 weeks from the time the order has been placed. To meet a deadline the window manufacturer has to make sure that certain processes are done on time. A final measurement appointment should be set up within a week of the contract date. Within 3 or 4 weeks, you should be notified that your order is in production at the window factory. Finally, around the 6 to 8-week mark you should get a call to schedule an installation appointment. The production of vinyl windows usually takes 1 to 2 weeks depending on the number of windows. The following modifications can extend production to 3 or 4 weeks.  Among window styles, shaped windows require the most time to manufacture. The option to have the exterior of the windows be any colour other than white will also prolong production. Finally, if you have entry doors on your order you will also be looking at a longer than usual delivery time.

While the above information is not exact, it is definitely something that you can clarify with your product consultant during an appointment. Now that you have a better idea of what is expected from you for payment you can better plan the scale of your project while knowing the time frames will allow you to plan your life around it.

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