If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is. That’s exactly what you should think about the next time you see “Any size window installed for just $199”.
Here are the reasons why:
Any window, costs more than $200 for us to buy it. Then when you add on the costs of materials and labor – you are well over $200 for our costs. If you’ve ever heard the saying “you get what you pay for”, you’ll understand what I mean.
While you won’t ever find one of our windows installed for $200 – you will find that we provide quality windows with precise installation, both of which are worth their weight in gold.
Let’s take a look at what the quality windows we sell are comprised of:
Our windows offer precise components that are artfully crafted for proper fitting in your home, and the functions that windows were meant for including keeping the cool air inside and negative elements of the weather outside. The top quality hardware that makes up our windows makes them function properly for years to come.
Now let’s look at the $199 windows:
Comparing apples to apples, let’s look at the hardware:
Cheap hardware is one of the places that cheap windows fail miserably. What happens when the hardware of your window stops working? You get leaks from rain, snow in your home and worse yet – unwanted pests. Your windows are no longer a form of insulation, but a way to let cold air into your home in the winter as well as hot air in the summer.
Installation is not done by licensed professionals like ourselves. You deal with subcontractors that might or might not be licensed and bonded. Anything that goes wrong could be on your dime. These subcontractors are not factory trained and therefore do not know the proper methods to install your new windows. Without the proper training, you put yourself at risk for many issues with your windows including:
- The use of fiberglass instead of low expanding foam to around the exterior of the window. This proves to let air through the fiberglass, reducing the insulation value of your window.
- Using caulk instead of sealant makes your cheap windows even cheaper. Think of the harsh weather elements that we live in – caulk will not withstand even one winter in Chicago, reducing the insulation value of your windows to nothing.
- Avoiding weight pocket insulation – Whether for cost or avoiding the work involved, untrained window installers don’t install the necessary weights in the weight pockets when they put in new windows. This leaves a large gap on each side of the window, causing a draft in your home, despite your new windows.
- Avoiding rot – Subcontractors don’t take the time to remove rotted window frames; they simply cover them up and move on. If rot is left untreated, it could eventually affect the structure of your home.
The Bottom Line:
Choosing the “other” window company with cheap windows and subcontractors might be cheaper in the beginning. But after a few months or years when your windows start leaking, rot starts spreading throughout your home and you have to have entire walls rebuilt and windows replaced, your $199 windows just became much more expensive than the our high quality windows that you could get from the start.