Window Fashion Contractors

Roger Diez | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011

Window fashions are a major component of interior design. You know your tastes and your budget, and you have selected your window coverings accordingly. They have been measured, ordered, manufactured, and delivered, but do you have the expertise to install them properly? If not, consider a contractor who specializes in window fashions.

Why use a contractor?

An experienced window coverings installation contractor will make sure your window coverings are installed correctly and operate smoothly and easily. They can overcome any problems encountered in the installation, and will repair any malfunctions in operation. In addition, a professional installation gives you better legal standing in case of a warranty dispute with the seller or manufacturer.

Selecting a contractor

There are steps you should take when selecting any contractor, and window coverings are no exception. Make sure that any contractor you use is properly licensed and insured, with a good reputation from the Better Business Bureau. In addition, you should look for certifications from your window coverings manufacturer or an organization like the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA).

One option is to contract the installation through the store where you purchased your window coverings. The store will either have experienced personnel who can perform the installation, or use outside contractors to do the work. The installation can often be negotiated as part of the purchase. Another option is to get an interior designer involved at the start. Interior designers are specialized contractors who can help you with choices in color, materials, styles, and types of window fashions, accurately measure your windows, and install the window coverings as part of their project fee. They can also guide you to make choices that can save you money and avoid problems.

Window fashion installation costs

The cost range for installation is typically in the neighborhood of $30 to $50 per hour. More experienced contractors may charge more toward the high end, but since they work more efficiently they can get the job done faster. It is a good idea to get an estimate for the whole job based on the hourly rate, with a "do not exceed" figure in the contract. Of course, if you negotiate installation as part of the purchase price, or as part of the interior designer's project fee, then they are contractually obligated to do the installation at that price.