Should you be leery of cheap replacement windows?
Everyone loves a good deal, especially when it comes to home improvement. With so many options for cheap replacement windows, it’s hard to know a truly great deal when you see one. When you’re making this kind of investment in your home, it’s important to weigh three factors into your decision-making process.
A big benefit of new windows is energy efficiency savings. High-quality windows can drive down your monthly energy bill. But you won’t always see big savings if you choose a window poorly.
Some cheap replacement windows lack features such as gas-filled double panes that reduce heat transfer into your home. Filled windows use an inert gas like argon in-between panes to keep heat out of your home in the summer. Cheap window alternatives may also lack low-E glazing, which makes the panes of glass close to the temperature of interior air. Without these two components, homeowners choosing a lower-cost window don’t reap the cost-saving benefits of energy-efficient windows. The amount saved by purchasing cheap windows is completely lost when a homeowner’s heating/cooling bill arrives.
Investing in these kinds of features will save money in the long haul and make your family much more comfortable throughout the year.
Return on Investment
Low-cost windows are only one bottom line factor. When you purchase new windows, you are making an investment in your home. Consider that when you purchase your windows, you’ll also need a qualified team to install them and a strong warranty to ensure that your investment doesn’t go to waste.
Often, cheap windows aren’t backed by a double limited lifetime warranty like Window Expo’s. That means over time if you experience any issues like pitting, cracking, peeling, or chipping, your windows may not be covered. Also, many companies that offer cheap windows simply do not install them properly, nor do they guarantee their installation work.
Because we want you to be our customer for life, our highly-trained professionals are the most experienced in the industry. Their work is also covered by an installation warranty, which is rare and hard to find in our industry.
Replacement Window Life Span
If you’re attracted to a window because of its low price, consider the life span. Many inexpensive windows will only last 5-7 years and are warrantied for that short amount of time. How long do you plan to stay in your home?
These types of windows are often made with lower-grade vinyl that may contain filler ingredients that lose color over time or are less resistant to decay. You’ll also be limited on options and features that add curb appeal.
All of this means that you can expect to purchase windows again during the time you own your home. If you’re planning to live long-term in your home, choose a window that will last a lifetime. You’ll not only avoid additional expense but save time by making the best decision the first time.
We’re here to help.
Trying to sort out the best way to replace your windows and reap the long-term benefits? We’re always finding new ways to add value for our customers through financing options and innovative products. Contact us for a free quote and we’ll walk you through the benefits of choosing a high-quality window from Window Expo.