If you’re in the market for new windows, you may be torn between value and price. But we all know the saying “you get what you pay for,” and it certainly applies to replacement windows too. But while you want a high quality window, you shouldn’t have to tap out your budget when tackling your window installation project. There’s a delicate balance between the two.
Stay Away from Cheap Replacement Windows
It’s tempting to go with the lowest estimate contractor you can find or pick up cheap window at the local big box retailer, thinking that you and a couple of buddies can install them yourself. There’s a reason why those windows are so cheap. They are made of the lowest quality materials, they don’t come standard with Low-E and argon gas to regulate temperature, and you can void the warranty if you attempt to install them yourself.
Argon gas controls the condensation between panes. When you see fog between the panes and can’t clean it, this means the argon has leaked due to a broken seal. Translation? Unwanted air is leaking into your home, plus you’re getting an obstructed view.
Mediocre installation is another risk you take with cheap windows. Remember, your windows are only as good as who installed them. Doesn’t matter how nice the windows you bought are: if they’re installed by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing or who doesn’t have the proper tools, you will have problems fairly quickly. In fact, we’re willing to bet you’ll be replacing them in the next five to 10 years instead of 25 to 30.
You should only need to replace your home’s windows once. There’s no reason why you should need to replace them another time. But it’s got to be done right.
Installation is Equally Important
As we alluded to above, proper installation of replacement windows is key, and it’s just as vital as buying high quality windows. You need to hire a professional who will take all precautions necessary and go through every step to result in a properly installed window:
- Remove existing window
- Install the new window in that opening
- Use the correct amount of screws depending on the size of window
- Square and level it off to ensure proper operation
- Install flashing to exterior
- Secure drip cap to flashing
- Apply spray foam insulation
- Apply caulk for interior and silicone for exterior
- Install moldings
- Clean up the site
- Haul away debris
One thing to note when you hire sub-par contractors: they tend to leave out the insulation of your windows to save money, but this is a key step in the installation process. When you leave out the foam insulation, your window is not sealed and protected from drafts. Plus, they don’t use a high-quality caulk on the exterior and interior, and don’t use flashing to protect the window from water infiltration.
On top of that, these contractors typically give you “a la carte” pricing, meaning you will pay extra for the installation of flashing, insulation, moldings, clean-up and even the disposal of your old windows.
Value: Personalized Service and Skilled Installation
When you hire a reputable company like Rescom to install your windows, you’re getting access to trained technicians who install windows every single day. They come equipped with the proper tools and equipment, and get the job done right. If there’s ever a problem later on, they won’t hesitate to come back out and make it right. Plus, they give you one bundled price for everything so you can stick to a budget.
You’ll also get an industry-leading warranty to protect your investment. Bottom line is: replacement windows shouldn’t be a waste of your money, they should be an investment you can count on for decades.
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