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Friday, November 8, 2013

Choosing a Contractor to Install Your Retractable Awnings

9:39 PM

As the temperatures cool from a sweltering summer, many people like to head outside for family get-togethers and backyard parties. One way to keep your party sheltered is by having retractable awnings installed on your porch or patio. However, just like with any contractor, choosing the one to install yours is a very important decision.

Retractable awnings help protect your home from excessive heat, and as a result can lower your cooling bills. They also help keep your patio furniture looking new by protecting it from the elements. When you're outside, they can also protect you from the harmful rays of the sun while still allowing you to enjoy some fresh air. In many instances, they also boost the value of your home and make it more attractive if you're thinking of selling in the near future.

You want to make sure that you do the research necessary so that company you decide upon will get your job done to your exact specifications. One positive sign will be if it has a showroom. If it has chosen to invest the money to build one, that is a good indication that it has the financial stability you need. That way, you won't have to worry about the company you choose running out of money in the middle of your job.

Next, make sure that the retractable awnings contractors you are considering have unsolicited testimonials from legitimate customers. If possible, try to get contact information from two or three of those customers so that you can ask them yourself about their experience with the company. You'll want to find out how long each company on your list has been in business, and find out whether or not it is a member of the Better Business Bureau, or BBB. You can go to the website of your local chapter of the BBB and see what kinds of complaints have been lodged against your potential contractors. Check to see how each company handled those complaints, and whether or not they were resolved to the satisfaction of the customer.

When you are in the process of choosing the contractor that will install your retractable awnings, make sure that you get a written contract that outlines exactly what types of services you will be receiving. That way, you won't have any surprises when you receive your final invoice. Get each contractor to provide a detailed explanation of the materials that will be used on your job because that will have a large difference regarding how your product will perform. The material used will also have a substantial impact on how long your retractable awnings will last and how easy they will be to maintain.

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