Replacement windows are often recommended as one of the top home upgrades and for good reason; they really do add value. Homeowners who have new windows installed can expect their home to have improved appearance, comfort and value.
If you’ve made the decision to buy replacement windows for your home, there are a few things you should know before your make the purchase.
Know Thy Replacement Window Company
Replacing the windows in your home is a huge investment. Anytime you make that type of investment, it makes sense to know who you are dealing with.
Knowing the company is important for several reasons. First, you’ll want to know about the quality of work that the company performs. One of the greatest benefits that replacement windows offer is energy efficiency, yet poor installation can take away these benefits. A bad seal is all it takes to negate the positive energy-saving effects of new windows. The simplest way find out about a company’s quality by reading reviews online or speaking with past customers.
Another consideration is whether the company is being fair with you. Are they offering a reasonable price? Is the quality of their products and service up to par? Are the pressuring you into a sale? How will they handle any problems that arise? It’s often safer to work with established companies or contractors that have a well-established reputation in your area.
Know Thy Options
The next step is to become familiar with all the replacement window options that are available to you. Any quality company will have a selection of products and options and will take the time to educate you on your choices. Armed with the knowledge of all the different products and options, you can make the best decision for your home.
Window Frame Materials
One of the things you will have to make a decision about is the material of the window frame. Your window company should offer you a selection of window frame materials. You don’t want to be limited to one option that may not give you the best value. Some of the window frame materials are wood, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl. Each of the materials has its pros and cons.
Vinyl is currently one of the most popular materials, and for good reason. Vinyl is an affordable option, and it is also a durable and energy efficient material. These are the kinds of things you’ll want to become familiar with before making a purchase.
There’s also a host of glass options to choose from. Some of the things that you should ask about are glazing, gas fill and Low-E coating. Glazing refers to the amount of panes in a window. Replacement windows can either be single, double or triple pane. Gas fill and Low-E coating are add-ons that further increase the performance of a window.
You’ll also have to choose between window styles. Not all are appropriate for every situation. Some of the common window styles include: double/single hung, double/single slider, casement, awning, bay and picture.
The bottom line is that you should get as much information as possible about the company and products before buying replacement windows. This will ensure you get the most value for your money and be satisfied with your purchase.
Here at Superior, we promise to provide you with incredible customer service, fair prices and the time to become familiar and comfortable with the type of new windows that you want in your home. Give us a call today for your estimate!