Not all windows are created equal. There are construction grade windows and there are replacement windows. So, what’s the difference? And why are replacement windows better than ones installed during initial construction? There are many reasons.
New construction windows, typically installed when a home is first built, are usually the cheapest, flimsiest windows the builder can buy in order to keep costs low. These windows are also referred to as “builder grade” windows, as they are low in cost to meet the builder’s price point.
Builders usually partner with wholesale window manufacturers to get cheap bulk prices. It looks good for the bottom line but those windows are just not built to last. That’s because they’re usually single pane and thus, energy inefficient. Plus, they have minimal features and aren’t very easy to clean or maintain.
In a nutshell, construction grade windows will need replacing fairly quickly in the lifecycle of your home. This is a necessary home improvement that will save you money and energy.
Making the Right Choice with Replacement Windows
Professional-grade windows, by contrast, offer a greater value and longer lasting benefits to the average homeowner. While new construction windows are sold at big box stores and are meant to cater to the masses, professional-grade replacement windows are sold only through qualified window installation companies. They’re also installed by window installation experts, not general contractors.
With replacement windows, you enjoy a variety of features, such as:
- The ability to tilt the windows in for easier cleaning and maintenance
- Grids between panes for aesthetic appeal
- Durable vinyl frames
- Higher security locking mechanisms
- Double or triple pane
- Low-E glass
- Better airflow capabilities
- Both upper and lower portions of the window can slide open for convenience (double hung)
- Come with better warranties that protect your investment
- Increase the market value of your home, with a much better ROI
- Can be customized to fit your space
If you choose not to replace your new construction windows, you may regret it sooner than you think. One day, you’ll attempt to shut and lock your windows but that little lever will remain popped up and won’t snap in. Now your window isn’t entirely closed and you’re leaking energy. When it starts to get difficult to open and close your windows, you can thank the cheap, failing balancers that the builder put in.
Or, you may start noticing squeaks or other noises when opening and closing the windows, a result of poorly-aligned connections and cheap materials. Opening and closing your windows should only take one finger. If you find yourself planting your feet against the wall and using both hands to force the window open and close, you need a replacement.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Here at Rescom, we install Bristol windows for the longest-lasting results. Each window we install carries the NFRC label, offering excellent energy saving properties. To learn more about why custom replacement windows are best, contact us at 774-321-6750.