Selecting the Right Window: Not All Windows Are Created Equal

Often times one of the most difficult aspects in new construction is the selection of the perfect windows. This can be equally frustration when remodeling an older home or adding an addition to an existing house. Frequently a buyer will simply agree with their contractor on the choice of windows then live to regret the decision. The choice is yours and you need to have the proper information in order to make informed, smart decisions.

The following are a few suggestions for selecting the right windows for your home. First, look at your lifestyle. If low maintenance is particulary important to you today's vinyl window can offer low maintenance, high durability and many similar options to nationally known manufacturers. Vinyl is also usually the material of choice for replacement windows and are generally much less expensive than other windows.

If vinyl is not for you and you are looking for a more appealing window with more options, colors, and style, look for a reputable nationally know company. Make sure the companies warranty includes the frame, sash and insulated glass. Consider glazing options. There are many options available from clear to tinted, tempered to Low-E. Same are even argon gas filled to maximize energy efficiency which is of particular importance these days.

Before final decisions are made from samples it is recommended to, if possible, look at an entire house that utilities the windows you are contemplating. It's also a good idea to get referrals and ask prior customers how they like the windows in their home. If this is not possible, many building supply stores have display showrooms where you can at least view full displays. At this point you will better be able to compare the quality of construction. A good and reputable manufacturer will take pride in their window construction and gladly discuss the inner workings. You will also need to consider longevity of the window and how long you plan on residing in the home.

When it comes to windows, you generally get exactly what you pay for. It is often said, quality doesn't cost, it pays. So consider all options and make an informed decision when it comes to selecting the right window for the job.