There’s a lot of research that goes into buying new windows, because there are many brands to choose from and it’s hard to determine which is the best quality and cost. Sometimes you’re paying for the brand name more than the quality of product.
There are other factors to consider when evaluating the aspects of your new windows. Most importantly is the U-factor. This is the nationally recognized rating system used by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The U-factor takes into account everything about new windows – the frame, spacers and glazing. The lower the U-factor, the less 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.
Which Brand of New Windows Should You Get?
If you are able to invest in new high-end windows, consider 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.” Marvin windows have a U-factor of 0.25.
For a more mainstream middle income bracket, you want to go with Renewal by Anderson. They are unique because they use wood 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)”. Renewal by Anderson windows have a U-factor of 0.25.
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. Pella windows have a U-factor of 0.29.
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. Harvey windows have a U-factor between 0.27-0.3.