Exterior home renovation seldom comes at a welcome cost, and when it does, let the homeowner beware: Unlicensed or inexperienced contractors can do a lot more harm than good. According to Bob Davis, owner of Window Outfitters, shoddy workmanship can cause anything from mold and mildew to an infestation of carpenter ants. “It’s important to pick a licensed contractor who’s had experience, and get references,” Davis advises.
Davis also recommends consulting Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau in order to weed out unscrupulous companies.
Especially when it comes to older homes built between 1890 and 1941, the skills of Window Outfitters are difficult to match. Installing a new door may seem like an easy task, but for a home that’s more than 100 years old, nothing’s quite so simple.
“You have to know what you’re doing, so you don’t do damage,” Davis explains. “When you install the new door, you have to make sure it fits properly. Any home that’s that old isn’t going to be square, so you have to have skilled craftsmen to do the work.”
Window Outfitters has access to a multitude of different products to suit each home: 51 door lines; 10 window lines, consisting of vinyl, wood, wood-clad, and fiberglass; and many different siding options.
A new favorite is long-lasting James Hardie cement siding, which is maintenance-free.
“It’s pretty much impervious to the elements,” Davis states. “Hail doesn’t bother it. It’s not toxic. If there were a fire, it doesn’t burn. It’s also a green product, so to speak.”
In addition to doors, windows, and siding, the company does Sheetrocking™, roofing, garage floor coating, furniture systems, and soffit and fascia panels.
With a wide range of products and an experienced crew, Davis takes a softer approach to selling his company’s services.
As Davis shares, “In this industry, there’s a term called ‘one-call closers,’ where they have to pressure the client to buy that night, or they’ll lose the ‘special price.’ We’re not like that at all. We’re about customer satisfaction.”
More information about Window Outfitters and its products is available at www.windowoutfitters.com. In-home consultation can be scheduled via the Web site, or by calling (952) 746-6661.
Name of Company: Window Outfitters
Year Founded: 2003
President/CEO: Bob Davis
Number of Employees: 1 full-time
Address: 10800 Normandale Blvd.
Phone: (952) 746-6661
Web site: windowoutfitters.com