In some industries, tipping is almost mandatory, especially in establishments like restaurants and salons. But in certain cases, like in window replacement, most people are unsure whether tipping is expected or offensive—with no middle ground.
In that particular case, where you’re looking for a definitive answer on whether to tip your window installer, Skyline Windows offers a few pieces of advice.
Ask Your Contractor
The easiest way out of your conundrum is to directly ask your contractor if they accept gratuities. It’s best to be forthright about it and explain that you want to show a little appreciation to their workers. This avoids ruffling their feathers if they’re on the fence about it, and better yet, it’s going on their employee file (especially if you mention the name of your installer). A job that requires a fair amount of complexity, such as composite window replacement, is often a candidate for tips.
Tipping Your Window Installer
If they do accept tips, cash is the most common—you can never go wrong with it. There’s simply no fixed amount of gratuity, but at most, it should be less than 20% of the total job cost (unless you want it to be misconstrued as a bribe). Note that you can also offer other types of gratuity; food, drinks, and even the occasional barbecue may also be appreciated.
So, Should You Tip?
In window replacement, tipping is not a requirement. Homeowners should never feel like they’re obligated to tip; if our installers are pressuring you to do so, you can simply take the matter up with us. We take pride in doing stellar work regardless of gratuity or not. If you want to show your appreciation, however, you can feel free to express it with a review and a recommendation to your friends and family.
Skyline Windows is the area’s top-rated window installer, from regular double-hung windows to modern fiberglass window replacement. To ask us directly about our stance regarding the giving of gratuity, call us at (804) 270-4008. You can also fill out our contact form here.