Not all windows are the same. And if you’re buying a newly built home, it is likely that you may get sub-par construction-grade windows. These are often chosen by contractors for their affordability, which cuts down on the overall project cost. Problem is, construction grade windows are generally of lower quality and don’t last as long or perform as well as quality replacement windows.
If you are building a home and are given the option of installing standard construction grade windows, we advise you to pause a moment and really think about that. Here are some things to consider:
- New construction windows are installed when a home is first being built.
- They’re the cheapest and flimsiest windows the builder can purchase in order to keep their costs down and meet their price point.
- These windows are also known as “builder grade” windows.
- Builders will partner with a wholesale window manufacturer to get cheap bulk rates.
- This may appear attractive to anyone looking at the bottom line, but these types of windows are simply not built to last.
- They typically feature one pane and as a result aren’t very energy inefficient.
- They have minimal features and aren’t very easy to maintain or clean.
- They have a shorter lifespan than quality replacement windows.
- They’ll have to be replaced sooner than you’d like when it comes to the lifecycle of your home.
Why Go with Replacement Windows?
When you consider professional-grade windows, you will soon see that they bring homeowners a much greater value, boasting longer-lasting benefits. Yes, construction windows are sold at home improvement and big box stores and yes, they will meet the measurement and style needs of most people, but it’s this generic cookie-cutter quality that will come back to haunt them later.
Instead, professional-grade replacement windows can only be sold through qualified window installation companies, like Rescom Exteriors. You get peace of mind knowing they’re installed by window installation experts, not the guys from the home improvement store, or general contractors who aren’t particularly skilled in window installation.
With replacement windows like the Bristol ones we sell, you get:
- Easier cleaning and maintenance, as you can tilt the windows in
- Grids between panes for added charm
- Durable vinyl frames that won’t rot, peel or fade
- High-security locking mechanisms
- Double or triple pane for extra energy efficiency
- Low-E glass
- Better airflow and ventilation
- Both upper and lower portions of a double hung window can be opened
- Industry leading warranties for long-term investment
- Increases the market value of your home and has a high ROI
If you don’t use replacement windows in new construction, you may regret it soon. One day you’ll try to shut and lock the window but the lock won’t completely latch. You may not even notice it, leaving your window open and vulnerable, with energy leaking out. Or one day it may be tough to open and close your windows, which is likely due to the sub-par balancers that the builder installed.
Or perhaps you hear squeaks and other noises whenever you open and close the windows. This is certainly annoying, but it’s also due to the use of cheap materials and poorly-aligned connections. If you’re using more than the force of one finger to open and close your windows, something’s not right. For instance, if you have to plant your feet against the wall and use both hands to force the window closed and open, it’s time for a replacement.
This is why construction grade windows should be one of the first items you decide to replace when it’s time for a home improvement designed to save you money and energy. Or, if you’re given the option at the time of building, opt for replacement windows first off.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Here at Rescom, you can count on us to install Bristol windows for the longest-lasting, most durable results. These windows boast the NFRC label, offering superior energy saving properties. Wondering why our custom replacement windows are better for your new construction home? Just contact us at 774-321-6750.