We hear lots of questions from New Jersey and New York replacement window shoppers about warranties, energy-efficiency ratings and decorative features. But, no one has ever come in and asked us to overcharge them for upgrading their home windows and patio doors, or asked if we would charge them 30 percent to finance their home improvement project. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, you might be surprised to find out how many people assume all replacement windows are severely over-priced and most companies are just waiting for a simpleton to wander into the showroom. We hear a lot about bait-and-switch strategies that lure consumers in with low advertised prices that magically morph into actual prices that are hundreds, or thousands, of dollars higher after “extras” like glazing and trim are added to the estimate.
Weeding Out Unscrupulous Replacement Window Companies
The truth is there are good and bad replacement window products, and good and bad companies out there. If you, or someone you know, has had a horrific experience with a replacement window company, don’t assume it’s the norm. You found your way to our website because you’re doing your research. That’s an excellent place to start. Not every company, or salesman, has your best interest at heart. Our professional window consultants are trained to honestly answer your questions, and provide efficiency ratings from unaffiliated third-party organizations to back up their claims. If you have a referral from a trusted friend or family member, that says a great deal about a company. If not, we generally recommend that potential customers get two or three estimates, check with the local Better Business Bureau and ask for references before signing an installation contract.
Spotting the Bait & Switch
If you see a replacement window ad announcing you can get new windows installed in your home for less than $200 per unit, don’t believe it. Unless you have dozens of 12-inch square fixed windows installed throughout your home, finding a structurally sound replacement window at that price is highly unlikely. Again, there are a few bad apples out there who are more interested in drawing you in with rock-bottom pricing for which you’ll never qualify. On the other hand, just because a company charges for accessory upgrades, that doesn’t mean they are out to get you. Charging extra for glass or trim is ridiculous, but standard hardware is generally less expensive than handles and levers from a signature line that includes exclusive finishes and styles. And, legitimate price increases might include transoms designed with art glass or specialty insect screens for operable replacement windows and patio doors.
Understanding Replacement Window Benefits
When you choose a reputable dealer and the right windows for your New Jersey or Metropolitan New York home, you’ll get amazing benefits like beautiful, maintenance-free windows that improve energy-efficient and add value and curb appeal to your home. But choosing the proper style for each room is essential. When a dealer offers you special discounts associated with an over-abundance of inventory or a particular style, it should trigger a red flag. Because replacement windows are custom-built based on your precise feature choices and the exact size of the opening left when the existing windows are removed, there is no reason to have an inventory surplus. And, although double-hung windows are a very popular choice, discounts for buying a certain number of double-hung windows isn’t necessarily a viable way to improve the value or return on investment, unless you’re interested in replacing existing windows in a home that has only one style of window and you want to keep the original visual presentation.
Selecting the Best-Fit Window Style for Your New York or New Jersey Home
- Educated consumers understand the importance of choosing the best window styles for every room. Here are three examples that highlight style consideration.
Casement windows are generally considered the most energy efficient operable window. But, installing over-sized casement windows for maximum ventilation and ease of operation may not be the best approach if you want to clean both sides of your windows without having to go outdoors to reach the exterior surfaces.
Double Hung windows. If you want the option to lower the upper sash and raise the lower sash, a double-hung window makes sense, unless you install those flexible windows high on the wall and you have to climb a ladder every time you want some fresh air.
Awning and Hopper windows are very similar and are typically found installed high on the wall, in basements, over counters and mulled over, or under, fixed windows. But, if you want to open the windows when a light rain is falling, Awning windows are probably the best choice because they divert rain away from your home.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro: A Company You Can Trust
As we mentioned earlier, there are some really good companies to work with that sell high-quality replacement windows. When you choose the right company to install the right windows in your home, you’ll get opportunities to save money and enhance the comfort in your home. We invite you to call us today at 1-888-826-2451, or fill in the short form on this page, to schedule a personal consultation to discuss best-fit upgrades for your home.
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