Shopping around for new windows can be overwhelming because there are many things to consider. You have to play the role of detective when shopping around for windows, and that means you’ll have to use your wits to get the best deal possible. Here’s what you should look for when buying windows.
It may be a little extra out-of-pocket, but when you compare it to the energy savings you’ll see over time, you’ll decide it’s worth it. Look for windows that have energy ratings on them, like ENERGY STAR. Windows that have these ratings can save you 10 to 25% on your energy bill every year.
Find everything you can about who manufactures the windows. If possible, buy directly from the manufacturer. That should save you money and give you a better chance of getting warranty and parts should you ever need them.
Won’t Someone Consider the Children?!
If you have kids, a window on a second floor can be a safety hazard. You can purchase windows that only open a certain amount, preventing the possibility that they injure themselves. Speak with your window specialist to discuss your needs and options.
Look for a style that fits your home. There are more styles out there than you could ever need in one lifetime, and you’ll find one that fits your home and your budget if you do your homework. Look at different combinations of frames, sashes, glazing and paint options. Pay particular attention to the installation method that you wish to use- retrofit, full frame removal or a hybrid of these two options.
Finding a Salesperson
This may come as a surprise, but not all salespeople are saints. There are just as many terrible window companies out there as there are great ones. Look for a company with a good reputation. Frank, honest dialogue and a good BBB rating are key.
The most important thing you can do is collect research. After you’ve collected research, then collect some more research. The more information you have, the better able you are to make an informed decision, and that usually translates into a good buying decision.