When you buy a window, you are paying for the quality of the materials, the quality of the installation and the reliability of the customer service. When talking of quality, it means a window that is going to last, look great for years, and then give you a good return on your investment by being energy efficient.
Oftentimes, price is not the clear indicator of quality and value. Therefore, here is how to distinguish quality windows.
It is not just what windows are made of, it is how they are made that matters. In order for a window to open and close easily and also have an airtight seal, it has to fit your home perfectly. The problem is, every house is different and window openings are of different sizes too. Also, houses settle over time causing even more deviations in the measurements. A better window id custom measured, then custom manufactured to fit your home; it is not taken off an assembly line. Although, custom-made windows may cost a little more, choosing ‘one-size-fits-all windows’ will eventually cost you much more in the end, because if the windows are not airtight, you are losing energy you can’t afford to lose.
The Right Glass
Glass, on its own is not a good insulator, therefore window glass needs a little help if it is going to save you money on energy bills. Make sure you choose a window glass that has Low-E coating. Low-E coating is a micro-thin coating of metals like oxide or silver, layered on the glass. You can even increase your energy efficiency with double-glazed Low-E glass. This means your window now has two pieces of glass with a thin layer of air sandwiched in between. If argon gas is added to this air sandwich, it will improve the efficiency even more because argon is denser than air alone. Regardless of anyhow you go about it, Low-E coating is very important to thermal efficiency.
The last but not the least is to make sure you are familiar with the company’s warranty. Find out if they offer a good warranty. Find out if what is covered and What isn’t. A reputable company with confidence in its products and installation process will surely offer a great warranty.