When it comes to home improvement projects, as a Minnesota or Wisconsin homeowner, you want to do everything you can to make sure you’re getting the best contractors. Avoiding low-quality installation and scams should be at the top of your list when choosing the right contractor. Occasionally, contractors without the proper licensing will try to offer local homeowners significant savings in terms of costs. But is it worth it?


Although a licensed contractor isn’t necessarily a guarantee of good customer service, it does provide a certain level of accountability that can help protect you as a customer. At The Window Store in Minnesota and Wisconsin, our licensed and certified professional home improvement contractors work hard to provide the best quality service in the business. In this post, we’ll break down what our certifications and licensing include, and explain how it protects and benefits our customers.


What Licensing is Required?

Most states require some kind of licensing for contractors to work. In both Minnesota and Wisconsin, contractors are required to obtain the proper licensure before opening and operating a business. This means that anyone who is operating without a license is doing so illegally.


Hiring someone who is working without a license might be tempting when they offer a great deal on costs. However, hiring contractors who work outside of the law is a risky business. Homeowners who choose to hire unlicensed contractors have very little recourse against scams and money lost when their work isn’t up to spec.


What Certification Should I Look For?

The contracting industry is a highly specialized and potentially hazardous line of work. That’s why it’s important only to hire someone who is qualified to do the job safely. For home improvement contractors, these professionals will typically hold certifications from both governing agencies and manufacturers.


There are two main types of certification to look for:


1.      Manufacturers’ Certification

Each industry has its own set of universal standards. To meet these standards, most manufacturers require contractors to undergo their own authorized training program. This helps them ensure quality installation on all of their products and guarantee their warranties. Contractors who have completed these specifications are typically considered either official, authorized, or certified contractors.


2.      State Certification

Each state has its own set of legal codes that contracting companies are required to understand as they complete a home improvement project. To obtain these certifications, they’ll need to complete the required training and then pass the examinations for those certifications in their respective states.


Each specific field has its own unique certification. Residential window installation, for example, requires a different certification than commercial window installation.


Contact our Licensed and Certified Minnesota Replacement Window Professionals

Whether you’re replacing your old windows to save on your home’s energy costs or you are refacing your kitchen, it’s important to make sure your home is in good hands. At The Window Store, we stand by our work with a Master Elite certification from GAF. We also hold an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and carry products with the Energy Star label.


To schedule your home improvement or window installation project, give us a call at 612.353.5780, or fill out our form to get a free quote.