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Top 5 Window-Buying Mistakes to Avoid Making

3 min read

The process of replacing your home’s windows can be as long or as short a process as you want it to be, depending on whether you replace all the windows at once or spread out this replacement over time. The length of this process depends on how you handle it, but there are ways to be successful no matter which sort of customer you are. It helps to know what to look for when buying windows.

As a reputable nationwide provider of quality replacement windows, we see all sorts of timelines and requirements from customers. Below are some of the biggest mistakes we steer customers from making, and then we’ll talk about what you should look for when replacing your home’s windows.

1. No Company Research

The first step many customers take when buying new replacement windows is to do a little online research. They’ll look at their homepage and product line. But one critical component is examining both online reviews by other customers as well as a company’s accreditations and recognition by their peers. If reviews are scarce or hard to find and if a company does not have easily accessible information on their industry recognition, you may want to keep your options open. 

2. Seeing Only the Price Tag

Some customers are concentrated on one thing and one thing only for their replacement windows: the price. If you go for the cheapest product on the market, you’ll get what you paid for. Likely, you’d need to replace that cheaper window much sooner than you would if you invested a little more in a higher-quality product. The savings on that product diminish when you realize how much sooner you’d need to buy another replacement window. Something important to note: there is a difference between cheap and affordable products. Affordable windows, like those sold here at Window World, are made with quality materials that don’t break the bank. Cheap products are made with less quality in mind, leading to a lower price tag—and lowered product lifetime. 

3. Buying without Looking into Details

Pay attention in particular to what windows are made of—vinyl or wood? The durability of your future windows can be discovered by learning what makes up the window itself. Wood windows are liable to warp over time and are much less durable than vinyl windows. It’s worth taking the extra time to learn all you can about the window’s design as well. Crucial security features and overall functionality of the window may be revealed in product details, which you might not be able to see in pictures alone. These could add safety and ease of use to your home, so it’s definitely worth checking into before you buy. 

4. Staying Uninformed on Warranty Policies

Should the unexpected occur, warranties can protect you from paying out of pocket for repairs or further replacements. Does the website specify a strong warranty in place for replacements? How long does the warranty last? Window World offers a lifetime warranty for all our products for additional peace of mind after you buy. 

5. Installation Day Regrets

Sure, your cousin may know how to do household repairs, but it’s best to leave window replacement to the experts. For windows that are installed properly, there’s really only one option: professional installation as part of the window replacement purchase. This way, the window will be installed right and the aftermath cleaned up, leaving your home good as new. 

Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home?

You can end up with subpar windows you’re stuck with for years to come if you don’t do your due diligence. The right windows will protect your home’s interior with durable, well-made glass and framing designed to repel whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Not only that, but windows without double-glazing don’t reflect UV light efficiently, meaning your furnishings and fabric inside will fade faster.

What to Look for When Buying Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are custom-made to fit your home and style perfectly. With that in mind, it makes sense to want to buy well-made replacement windows. You should search for framing that will hold up in the long run, like our tough vinyl frames, and ask about the energy efficiency associated with the windows. Picking the right windows could end up saving you money on utility bills in the long run! Remember: the most expensive windows are not necessarily the best windows. Our windows are a happy medium that values both affordability and excellent engineering.

Your Home Deserves the Best

The process of replacing your home’s windows can be as simple or as convoluted as you make it. Avoid these window-buying mistakes, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success! For an easy install process of high-quality replacement windows, contact your local window experts at Window World of Galveston. We’ll give you a free quote to get started on increasing your home’s durability, energy efficiency and curb appeal today!