Choosing The Right Replacement Windows - Where To Buy?
Up until recently, if you needed windows made, your contractor went to their local replacement window manufacturer and got your custom windows made within a few weeks of your order. Now, in this age of convenience, you can head over to your closest big box home improvement store and get your windows there the same day. But, is cheap and fast really worth the cost?
The average family will replace their windows twice in their lifetime so with such a large investment, wouldn’t you want something made to precisely fit your house and specifications? First of all, there is no guarantee the window you pick up off the shelf at any big box store will fit the opening that you have and you will most likely need to spend more time and money sealing the window appropriately. You also don’t have the freedom to choose the additional options that you may want. Be it grid-type or pattern, custom colors, style of window, thickness of glass, number of panes or gas filled, the custom options are practically endless.
An employee at a large home improvement retailer could be working in windows one day, then in power tools the next, and in most cases only have a limited knowledge of each product. Your business with them is also finished as soon as you step outside their doors. The staff of a window manufacturer is specifically trained at answering any and all questions that may come up. In addition, they come equipped with qualified sales people in the field that can assist with ANY questions from code compliance to installation detail. They can even direct you to qualified installation contractors in your area.
Yes, a window off the shelf of a big box store could be less expensive but the odds of that window fitting your existing opening are not in your favor. You may be able to get custom windows from many of these box stores but with a hefty price tag and long wait; they drastically raise the price for custom windows. Not only will the windows be more expensive but you will not receive the kind of care, attention, knowledge, and expertise that you would normally get from your local or regional window manufacturer.
So which makes more sense to you?