Are you in the market to buy new windows? You may be wondering how windows differ in quality and cost. Sometimes you pay for the brand name more than the quality of product. Similarly, with most generic products, you are getting the same ingredients for a slightly different cost, but why? Popular branding can convince you that one product is better or safer than the other, but which brands can you actually trust?
In the attempt to avoid the hassle of doing tons of research, you may find yourself being spun around by a salesperson, who is trying to convince you to invest in a more expensive alternative, assuring you that all you need is the very best brand name and of course, “you get what you pay for.”
However, there are other factors to consider when evaluating the aspects of your new windows. Namely the U-factor. This is the nationally recognized rating system used by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). This is for the whole new window, which includes the frame, spacers and glazing. The lower the U-factor, the less amount of heat you will lose. The U-factor is really the rate of heat loss in terms of the U-value. Much like the R-value in insulation.
While you can depend on your U-value wisdom, consider which tier of “window shopping” you are in. Are you able to afford the very best, or can you get the best out of something more affordable?
Usually if you are able to invest in new high-end windows, you may want to consider the Marvin windows. These industry leaders have proven core values which reflect their company brand message: “Integrity and Infinity”. Marvin has been in business since the 1920’s. They are excellent with historic restoration projects and “adhere to the highest possible standards and the highest levels of service.”
For a more mainstream middle income bracket, you want to go with Renewal by Anderson. This is a brand you are sure to recognize from their many advertisements, but it’s a brand worth considering. They are unique in using wood that is wrapped in vinyl on the exterior. This vinyl is strengthened by the wood and reduces the amount of maintenance needed. They understand that most homeowners may not have a lot of experience in replacing their windows. They will “take you through the process, from start to finish (and beyond).
Pella is also a wise choice. Pella claims to “work with any budget” and offers to help you with “any size replacement” and “helps you each step of the way.” Pella is an excellent company for your remodeling needs, providing a “series of wood windows with aluminum cladding, a fiberglass line and three levels of all vinyl windows. Remember to check the U-value!
If you are looking to save some more on your budget, but you are committed to quality, Harvey is the best place to go. Harvey is also a smart alternative when considering investment properties, such as in “flipping a house.” They offer a free window replacement quote and have many features for your budgetary needs.
Now that you have some Wisdom on Windows, you may have some additional questions on new windows and your restoration projects or home additions. Give us a call to find out what else we can offer you! 978-790-4881