Expert advice on installs

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: InteriorWindows

When the time comes to pick a company to install new windows and doors, Hawaii homeowners must remember that installation is key. Anyone can buy the best window product but if it’s not installed correctly, then you might as well have just kept the old windows.

Hawaii has very unique weather conditions, such as strong trade winds, humidity,
and even hurricanes. The trades keep residents cool and comfortable, but blow
the salt air on their homes. The Islands are surrounded by heavy salt air from the
Pacific Ocean. The salt air is constantly blowing on homes, rusting and corroding almost everything in sight.

The humidity and ultraviolet (UV) rays are here daily in Hawaii to remind residents that they live in paradise. But, the UV rays and humidity deteriorate
their homes also. And, with hurricane season here, the Islands are overdue for a hurricane. Be ready for any hurricane by having the best installed, impact resistant
windows and doors that will make a real difference during a storm. So when protecting
your home by installing new windows and doors, installation is the key.

When researching the issues of window installation in Hawaii, the best place for answers is from the foremost expert in Hawaii, owner of Tropical Wholesale, Matthew Houar. He owned the first vinyl window factory in Hawaii and has been installing
windows and doors in Hawaii for more than 30 years. Houar shared some key advice about the best window installation in Hawaii:

Use the best materials. We have a lot of logistical issues getting materials to Hawaii but always start with the best materials available; do your research.

Most of the time, salesmen sell windows in Hawaii; they will tell you anything to make a sale. Talk to the contractor or the owner of the company directly. Be sure to ask about installation techniques.

There are a lot of shortcut installation techniques that save money on labor
and materials. These shortcut techniques are a recipe for failure. Be careful because
Hawaii only requires a oneyear workmanship warranty. If you received a shortcut job, the work may last only a year. But nine out of 10 times after that, you may just well be sorry and having to redo your windows five short years later can get real expensive.

Find a company that takes pride in their work and will do the job right. Do your
research on different installation techniques. Today with the Internet, there is YouTube and a lot of other easy ways to figure out the right way to install your new windows and doors. Do the research because installing any product today is a big investment.

The tip of the day from Houar is to “buy local” and call Tropical for more info.
Also, stop by its showroom on South Beretania street.

TROPICAL WHOLESALE
contact // 263-1252 (Windward) • 456-4892
(Leeward) • 593-2000 and 396-0971 (Honolulu)
address // 1351 S. Beretania St. (showroom)
web // twoahu.com