Window replacement isn’t something homeowners do often. In fact, many of our customers tell us that this is their first window replacement and that they have many questions. Sadly, there are many window salesmen who are only after commission which means they’re primarily interested in how much they’ll make off you if they get the sale, rather than providing you with factual and honest answers about replacement windows. Here are some facts that you should know that not every window company will willingly share.
1. Custom Windows Fit Properly
Yes, you can go to a big box store and buy windows out of stock, however, they won’t provide the many benefits a custom window will. Custom windows, when properly measured by your professional window company, fit your window opening exactly. Although the window opening may have been a certain size when the home was built, shifting and settling often change window dimensions. Proper fit provides better energy-efficiency, security and overall comfort.
2. Different Window Style Offer Different Benefits
When built, most homes have single hung windows. However, they’re not always the best window style. Here are some benefits of the most popular window styles today:
- Double-hung – Easy cleaning and better ventilation
- Awning – Can be left open in a light rain
- Casement – Unobstructed view
- Sliding – Easy opening and closing
3. You Might Not Need Some of the Fancy Features
Depending on the goals you have for your windows, you might not need some of the fancy (read expensive) features of some replacement windows. For example, a quality double pane window with an air fill may provide you the benefits you’re looking for without the expense of a triple pane gas filled window. The key is understanding the window label and comparing those rather than looking at features and price alone.
4. Not All Vinyl Replacement Windows are the Same
When you go through the expense of window replacement, you want them to look great for as long as you own your home. If you’re looking at vinyl replacement windows, the most common chosen for window replacement, compare the frame’s construction. Only choose new windows that have fusion welded corners. Also, make sure the company you choose has quality control standards for the vinyl it uses and that they use virgin vinyl.
5. Your Window Replacement Will Not Pay for Itself This Year
Or even next. No matter how hot it is or how bad your current windows are, don’t trust anyone who says that you’ll recoup your investment in “just a few years” if you choose their product. It’s simply not true. The time it takes to get your money back varies on the windows you choose, the number of windows in your home and what windows you currently have. Here is some unbiased information from ENERGY STAR®.
If you are looking for an honest replacement window company who will answer your questions and provide you with a fair and accurate estimate, call Affordable Replacement Window Systems. We offer several leading brands of quality replacement windows. Text or call (817) 264-6509 to schedule your free estimate today.