Most mid-priced vinyl windows use a similar process to manufacture the extrusions so your comparison in the mid-range windows will move to the aesthetics of the window and door, the company selling it, and the installation team that they use.
Higher-priced windows and doors will include higher quality parts in the finished product. Like everything, machined quality metal parts cost more, and often the higher priced window or door will be solid wood.
That is not to say your hardware installed in your mid-priced windows is of poor quality. Simply that their components may not last as long. However, the initial higher cost must be weighed, and often purchasing replacement parts later on will balance out in your favour.
Choosing functionality first:
Please read our article, ‘How to Choose an Entry Door.’
Product options and the positives and negatives of each window type are presented so that you can weigh the costs against what you require. For example, fixed picture windows are virtually maintenance-free as they have no mechanical and operational parts that could deteriorate over time. They’re also the most energy-efficient window type because of this. Double-hung windows typically cost more upfront but open up to allow fresh air into your home. They require more maintenance because of their operational parts and generally are less energy-efficient than fixed picture windows.
It’s a large red flag if a company representitive has only a couple of options and tries to push you towards getting a particular type of window for all of your home’s openings.
Energy efficiency options:
Having an energy-efficient home reduces your environmental impact and the financial impact of your utility bills each month. New windows with a high energy rating can also be a vital selling feature for your home if you’re considering moving at some point.
Ask about the cost vs. benefit of double glazing and triple glazing (glass panes), Low-E coating on the glass. Each of these options can have an enormous impact on price as well as the efficiency of your home’s new windows.
Please read our article, ‘Measuring Energy Efficiency.’
Ask questions about the company and look at their reviews:
It’s tough for companies to fabricate reviews on platforms like Facebook and Google. Forest City Window & Door Ltd. can provide you with addresses of work we have completed. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to provide client phone numbers.
Selecting a company to work with is even more critical than the products they supply and install.
Forest City Window & Door Ltd has been in business since 1993 and has watched windows and doors become more energy-efficient, better constructed, and more easthetically appealing. We represent trusted door and window manufacturers with sucessful longevity. Our online reviews represent our understanding and willingness to have excellent relationships with clients.
Is the company happy to talk about returning to touch up anything they may have missed. What does their contract look like? What warranties do they offer?
Your project manager is in touch, always, with the installation team and finishing crew to ensure you are satisfied with your project.
Be wary of companies with low prices but who still promise an incredible warranty. Nothing is free. Wages of caring and hardworking staff must be paid.
Forest City Window & Door Ltd has been in business since 1993.
Starting a company is hard, but keeping it viable past three years is very difficult.
It may be hard to know whether to trust a company that has only been in business for a few years. These companies usually go out of business from an overwhelming amount of warranty service calls or damaging their reputation through neglecting their warranty promises. If you have a problem with a replacement window after several years, you want to be able to reach the company you worked with and have it addressed.
Some companies are simply independent installation contractors that don’t have a longstanding reputation but offer the lowest price. Very few companies can say they’ve been in business for almost 30 years and still provide a great warranty.
Another factor to consider is how long the employees and subcontractors have worked with the company. When you ask a company for a quote, explain it is crucial for them to provide proof of how long the company has been in business and how long they’ve personally been a part of it, and whether it has been owned by the same people for that term.
If a company is pushing you to make a buying decision during the first appointment, you should be concerned.
Please read our article, ‘The Importance of a Detailed Estimate.’
Companies like this don’t put the client’s needs first, as they’re more focused on increasing sales.
Replacing windows in your home is a significant investment, and you want to work with someone with your best interests in mind. You’ll be able to tell very quickly when a representative is only interested in closing a sale because you’ll feel uncomfortable, and they’ll be throwing out arbitrary discounts left and right.
A company that cares will take its time reviewing product options with you, asking questions about your needs as a homeowner.