Buying new or replacement windows can be a real challenge. There are so many choices available in the market and, after all, it is a significant investment you must live with for many years. Consider these factors before getting in your car to go shopping.
1. Research and prepare
When making important decisions such as buying a house, a new car, or selecting a university for the children, people do serious research before making a final decision. Similarly, you should do this before buying windows for your home. The company you choose to buy your windows from can make a difference; verify their years in the market, past projects, and clients. Search online reviews and ratings.
2. Think beyond the price
Buying new or replacement windows is something you do only once or twice in your lifetime, so consider long-term value over price. Take time to research the different styles, materials, guarantees and features available in your market and how these will add value to your home.
Low-quality windows cost you more in the long run:
- They have a shorter lifespan
- Will not protect your home from severe weather and theft
- They are not energy efficient, which will increase your bills
It is crucial to understand that buying the most expensive window on the market does not mean that you will have the most suitable for your project. Analyze if the product meets your needs and goes with your aesthetic tastes.
3. Take advantage of new products
It may be easy and quick, but consider that keeping the same window model means not taking advantage of the latest technologies. Modern models offer, not only design improvements but new materials and innovative features that older windows don’t. For example, you live in a hurricane-prone area, so you should consider installing new impact resistant windows. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve security and renew your home’s curb appeal.
4. Your security is a must
First-story windows are the most common way burglars use to break into a home. Impact resistant windows can be very effective in stopping burglars or intruders from entering your home. The right windows can enhance your home’s security. You can have windows that look good and offer great views but also help protect you, your property, and your family.
5. Hire a professional installer
Installing windows is a complex task. It requires specialized knowledge and experience and a particular set of skills and tools that only professional installers have.
Making window installation a DIY project could be a mistake that will cost you a lot of money. Measurement errors, a poor seal, or a misplaced screw can damage the product, affect its performance, and void your warranty.
6. Get all your questions answered
When going shopping for new or replacement windows, be sure to ask questions that will help you fully understand the products and services the company provides, and every cost involved.
Don’t be shy. Inquire about credentials such as licenses, insurance, and certifications. Ask to see photos of finished projects.
7. Consider the looks and the features
It’s easy to fall in love with a particular window design or style, but you shouldn’t overlook other features. Of course, your new windows should be beautiful, but they also need to be functional and a good fit for your home and your budget.
Compare the availability, durability, and maintenance costs between different windows materials. Consider the different glass coatings and performance features, such as energy efficiency and impact resistance.
8. Take note of the warranty
Accepting a limited warranty that only covers product defects is a common mistake homeowner make. Reputable window manufacturers offer lifetime warranties that cover parts, labor, and glass breakage. Professional installers guarantee their work. These can give you the peace of mind you need when investing in new windows.
In addition to considering these factors, the most important thing you can do when shopping for new or replacement windows is to choose the right company.
At Air Master Windows and Doors, we specialize in the design, manufacturing, and installation of windows and doors of the highest quality. We’ve been perfecting windows and doors for residential, commercial, and industrial use since 1974. We’re the only manufacturer in the Caribbean that has earned Florida Product Approval and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) certifications—the strictest in the U.S.—for our line of impact-resistant windows and doors.
Join our decades-long list of satisfied customers. Call 787-999-0717 for more information about our company, products, and services.