1. Don’t buy on price alone
Tempting as it may be to go for ads promising bargain prices or head over to the local big box store for the cheapest price, keep in mind that windows are a functioning and major part of the your home’s structure. They need to provide security, outside noise reduction, and protection from the elements, as well as looking beautiful. Cheap windows can cut corners on one, two, three or all four of these important factors.
2. Learn why made-to-order is better
Windows that aren’t made to order come in standards sizes. Trouble is, the openings of your existing windows may not be standard sized. In order to make windows fit, installers often must do some creative carpentry, which can affect siding, interior walls and ultimately the original beauty of your home. Better quality made-to-order windows can be installed easily without even disturbing the surrounding window trim.
3. Discover the difference quality materials make
Not all window materials are alike. Choosing the right ones can greatly affect the lifespan of your windows, how much maintenance they’ll require, and their cost. Compare the relative benefits of vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum. Once you narrow down the material, consider that each one is sold in varying degrees of quality and durability as well.
4. Don’t compromise on professional installation
It takes a trained window expert to ensure that the installation is done properly to prevent air leakage around the window, which could compromise the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. More importantly, improperly installed windows can actually conduct moisture deep into walls. It may take time for shoddy work to show up, and by the time rot is discovered, you may need extensive repairs to your home. Best to leave the work to a professional company with experienced and well trained installers. Also look for a company that backs every job with a warranty of 10 years or more.