Many homeowners think only about getting the cheapest price when considering windows, so head off to the nearest “big box” hardware store for their home improvement project. This is a bad idea for many reasons. First off, the benefits usually associated with low-cost windows, such as affordability or convenience, are often exaggerated and just plain untrue. Take a closer look and it is easy to see why custom-sized, made-to-order products make more sense for homeowners every step of the way.
Here are a few reasons why custom sized windows beat off the shelf ones.
- Cost-Effectiveness Over the Long Term
In the short term you might save a few dollars with off the shelf windows. But over time those windows will fail, causing you to have to buy new ones much sooner than you would if you had invested in good quality, custom windows in the first place. Also, unlike units you find at the store, the prices of made-to-order windows will vary with the features included, which makes it easier to adjust your budget to get just what you want.
- Customized Appearance
You can design made-to-order windows exactly as you want, unlike stock products which are limited in shape, size, color, finish and other details.
- Reduced Air Leakage
Custom windows are measured and cut according to your existing window openings, reducing the chance of leakage. If you buy undersized stock products, on the other hand, extra sealant will be needed to reduce air infiltration. And sealants tend to deteriorate more quickly than the actual window. The result? Leaky, draft window openings.
- Fast Installation
Made-to-order windows don’t have to be resized to fit existing openings so the installation takes less time. A 12-hour installation job may take several days to complete with stock products as opposed to a custom job.
- Building Code Adherence
Proper window sizing and the latest glass technology are critical in bringing your home up to code. It stands to reason that the more freedom you have in designing your custom windows, the better able you will be to meet strict building requirements.
- Personalized Service
Stock units are mass-produced in large batches and sold by salespeople who don’t really know much about windows. With made-to-order windows, skilled trade professionals design, build and install them, so you can be assured of personalized knowledge and attention to detail.
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To learn first hand why our custom sized windows beat off the shelf windows every time, contact us today for a free estimate.