Whether it’s a big job or a small job, window installers have to respond, ready with a quote and payment options. In the big picture, according to research done by Principia Consulting, repair and remodel volume for windows is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 5.3% through 2023. Of course, that doesn’t really take into account little Billy, who kicked his soccer ball through the new kitchen window.
The point is, when a homeowner decides to replace all the windows in their house, it’s a big job and will often cost more than they can – or are willing – to put on a credit card. On the other hand, when Billy decides to pretend he’s Lionel Messi against the kitchen window, it needs to be replaced quickly – pretty much immediately in fact – and in both cases CrossCheck can help with services like Check Guarantee and the Multiple Check premium.
New tech in doors and windows
Window installers will not only enjoy new business this year but innovative new products will likely increase the size of each ticket as well. Replacing a sliding door with a folding glass wall will likely become increasingly common in luxury homes. Also, there are self-tinting windows that will certainly be on the market for residential use soon. One model – which has been in some airplanes for years – uses electrolyte gel and a transparent conductor that changes the glass from clear to opaque at the touch of a button. Another invention uses what’s called a thermochromic filter and Low-E coating to do the same, but it’s activated by temperature. On a hot day, the window will automatically tint to block sunrays, while the glass will be clear on cold days to let in more sun.
Solar power windows will come to market
Even more amazing are windows constructed with a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, which work like solar panels, making all windows electricity generators. There are even windows that will be brought to market eventually that will have a coating that can only be seen in the ultraviolet spectrum specifically designed to let birds see it while the window remains clear for humans, likely saving many bird lives.
Although all these innovations have yet to be brought to market on a large scale, it’s only a matter of time. Meanwhile, renovations and window replacements will definitely increase during the next several years, whether it be fixing a broken window or upgrading from single-pane to double-pane, or even to one of the new, high-tech glass choices.
CrossCheck's clear payment solutions for window installers
CrossCheck has multiple options and services for window installers who want to ensure their work is paid for, without having to worry about whether that personal check is good. Check Guarantee will protect the window installer from incurring any financial loss if the check is returned, whether it be insufficient funds, closed accounts or stop payment orders. Multiple Check is the perfect option, especially in an emergency situation when the customer hasn’t had time to save enough money to pay for the full repair immediately. With Multiple Check, a window installer can offer the option to the customer of paying with several checks, which will then be deposited at agreed-upon intervals, typically within 30 days. CrossCheck will of course guarantee all the checks written.