We've all heard the advertisements, $199, no $189, no $179! You can stand on our windows! You'll save 40% on your energy bill..etc. Should you really buy all the hype?
- You generally get what you pay for!
- The low advertised price is just that a LOW starting point!
- You can stand on our windows! Cool! Why? This is because of "double strength" glass which is twice as thick as normal glass. Most quality windows have this as a standard feature.
- No window is "maintenance free" just read the directions. They need to be cleaned once or twice a year. Not just the glass, but the frame should be wiped off to remove any dirt or dust that has accumulated.
- a "double hung" window is one where the sashes BOTH slide up and down. On a "single hung" window, only the bottom sash slides up.
- Window sashes that tilt in for easy cleaning are WONDERFUL! Your windows are a breeze to clean and it's all done from the inside!
- Half Screens vs. Full Screens: I personally prefer a full screen on a double hung window. There is no right or wrong answer here, strictly personal preference.
- LowE Glass with Argon gas between the panes. This is a MUST! On some windows it's a standard option, on others (the cheapies) it's a way to upsell. Not only is Argon a better insulator than plain old air, the LowE coating actually reflects radiant heat which reduces it's transfer from one side to the other. The point is to improve the efficiency of your windows, right? It doesn't make sense to cut this corner.
- Foam filled frames: Most of the time, this really doesn't make sense. If you live in the extreme North, it may not be a bad idea, but it's usually a waste of money. Most air comes AROUND the frame and not through it. That's why the insulation is so important.
- Grilles: Most of the time they are placed between the glass panes. No more cleaning little panes of glass! You have one large piece of glass that needs to be cleaned while still retaining the look you want. These are personal preference and usually cost extra. Some homes just don't look right without them.
For all of you hoping for the new window for less than $200, this is for you:
- Screens may be extra.
- Hauling away the window is usually extra.
- LowE glass with Argon is usually extra.
- Exterior wrap is extra, brickmolding and insulation is definitely extra!
- Grilles are always extra.
- The installers are usually subcontractors. They get a certain (small) amount per window to install them. The only way they can make money is to install as many as they can in as little time as possible. Let the salesman or service department worry about quality.
- Your salesman is almost always on commission! The extras listed here are where he will make his money. There's nothing wrong with this, just watch your wallet!
- You will have to live with your new windows for years to come, don't make a hasty decision by jumping at the first "tonight only" offer, you just may regret it!
If you have further questions about the process, or even want a consultation, you can find out more at my website: http://www.paintproinc.net
Always remember: No salesman sells the second best windows in town!