Cheap Windows vs High Quality Windows

Choosing inexpensive or poor quality windows over top quality windows from a reputable company, will cost you in the long run. Cheap windows will cause problems in the future whether it is from breakage, low energy efficiency allowing in drafts, flaws, poor hardware such as clasps and handles, and could be a security risk for your home or cottage.

What are “cheap windows”? In a general sense, windows that are poorly constructed and with little or no extras are considered bargain windows. You get what you pay for! But with a little research, and some ingenuity, you can find something more in line with your budget.

No house has just one window – in fact, somewhere in the neighbourhood of twenty is typical in most dwellings. A difference in price of say fifty dollars may be easy to digest in one item, but multiply that by all the necessary windows that need replacing and you are looking at much bigger costs.

Here are some guidelines to help with the investment in your windows, your home and inevitably, your peace of mind.

Avoid a mix and match strategy here – it will compromise the look of your home or cottage. Also installing yourself or with less than reputable installers can leave you with long delays, poor service, and a messy worksite after the installation is complete.

A good window company will provide the service of helping you find more economical options. They will assist with the manufacturers’ useful price and design calculators. They also provide a thorough listing of energy-efficient windows, style options and other handy tools help you with your decisions. They will help you make choices that will not come across as “cheap “ window options.

Replacing windows means you will have to determine how to remove and dispose of the existing windows. Professional window installers in Toronto, the GTA and all over Ontario will include in their service the removal of old windows and package associated with the replacements. Good craftsmanship also includes leaving a clean work site upon job completion.

In most cases, you can choose between name brands to make savings. Common styles are also more affordable than say curves, circles, bays and hexagons. The cheapest styles tend to be casement windows, fixed, sliders and double-hung. Anything identified as “architectural grade” is bound to be costly. Seek out “contractor grade” and your costs will be more manageable.

Determine which extra features you need. Specialty hardware (cranks, pulls) might drive up the price, however, burglar latches should be a standard feature at no added cost.

Understanding the degrees of material quality and costs will help you make an economical choice. Vinyl is least expensive; fiberglass is next and wood is high-end. Add in maintenance and energy costs and it adds up.

The home energy industry recommends choosing windows with at least two panes of glass. Today, most quality windows have Energy Star ratings to help you with your decision. Modern windows have also been developed and designed with more sound protection. Guidelines to meet efficiency are quite accessible to consumers with the goal that high-performance windows are the optimum replacement option.

Efficiency, function, appeal and resale value of your home are all worth considering when investing in quality windows. Replacing with quality windows will be more economical in the long run, because they will eventually pay for themselves in the savings to heating, cooling, and sometimes lighting, costs.