When people shape for replacement windows for their homes, their first priority is often price. They of course want to purchase a good quality window, but they want to get the best window that they can get at the lowest price possible, which is completely understandable. They will typically look at the different qualities of a window in order to determine it’s quality. They look at things like the insulation values of the window, the number of panes that it has, whether double pane or triple pane, they check the expected lifespan of the window before it will need to be replaced from there in order to narrow down the selection. Then they typically take what is left, cut out the most expensive and the most inexpensive options and go with something in the middle.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with this method of selecting new windows for a home, it does leave out some of the other factors that you may want to take into consideration when you are purchasing windows for your home. Some of the most overlooked qualities of a window are also ones that end up impacting how happy you are with your purchase down the road. Those factors are security and the warranty on the windows.
Most homeowners tend to focus more on the tangible benefits of new windows. They want to see a kickback, or a real physical benefit that they will get from spending all that money on new windows. That often comes in the form of energy savings. When you have new windows in your home that are of good quality, you will likely see your bills lower because your heating and cooling systems do not have to work as often or as hard to bring your home to your ideal temperature. Sometimes one of the factors that they overlook or assume is included is the security lock. During a home break in, most often the intruder will find a way into the home through a window. The window could have been left open or perhaps it just had an outdated or flimsy locking method. Make sure that any windows that you consider purchasing has a solid security lock on it.
A common ploy that homeowners fall for when purchasing windows is that they do not take the time to ready the fine print on the warranty. It is standard for all windows to come with a warranty, therefore every one assumes that the warranty is the same for all windows when it is not. Be especially wary of warranties that claim they are Lifetime Warranties. Often this is referring to the life of the window and not to the life of the homeowner. That means that a window with an expected lifespan of 10 years will have a warranty on it for the life of that window, or ten years. So when the window starts to fall apart at exactly ten years, that warranty that you put so much faith in is now worthless.