When purchasing replacement windows for your home, you are probably hoping to never be forced to buy new windows ever again. Let’s face it. It aint cheap.
So keep these tips in mind when deciphering this hefty investment:
1) Research window manufacturers. Settle on one with positive growth, a solid financial history, and, of course, a comprehensive warranty.
2) Avoid standard size-only windows. No window opening is truly uniform. Although the initial cost outlay will be greater, getting custom windows to fit every opening of your home will pay off in the long run due to increased energy efficiency, plus the finished product will simply look better.
3) All components are not equal. Vinyl should be virgin vinyl, not recycled vinyl, commonly referred to as regrind. Regrind will crack and yellow over time. Many times, this is the very reason why some windows are drastically priced lower than others.
4) Check the label. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)is a non-profit organization who provides unbiased assessments regarding energy performance ratings so consumers can compare different products and make informed product choices. Do not buy any window lacking the NFRC label.
As with any big purchase, the more you know about replacement windows, the better off your buying experience should be.