Windows and Doors Buyer Tips for You MUST Read Before Purchasing

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    When it comes to purchasing windows and doors, it can be difficult to sort through the facts from the fiction. Here are five tips for purchasing windows and doors that will help you make an informed decision when choosing your window and door brand.

    Understand the benefits of buying new vs. used windows

    Buying new vs. used windows for your home or business can be a tough decision. Some people are concerned about the cost of brand-new windows when they can get a great deal on used windows. On the other hand, others are concerned that used windows may not be in the best shape or may not last as long as new windows. For every person that plays this role, there is probably a different purchase decision to be made. For people with limited means, driving while dirty is unacceptable. For people with money to burn, color choices will determine their windows and doors.

    • You may be asking, but OK how do I know when I need to update? Well, here are some of the most common signs that are due for a replacement or upgrade:
    • Your home has started to feel cold in the winter, and hot in the summer
    • Heating and cool costs for your home are rising
    • Cracked glass, exterior or between panes
    • Frames look chipped, moldy, or weak
    • Peeling paint
    • Noisy windows that rattle in the wind
    • Tight windows, too tough or open or close

    If you see any of these in your home, then read on!

    Take advantage of the energy efficient rebates offered by your local government, as well as utility companies

    If you’re not sure how to start improving your home, you should start by taking advantage of the energy efficient rebates offered by your local government, as well as utility companies. Depending on where you live, you may be able to receive rebates just for making your home more energy efficient.

    If you live somewhere in a lower income area or you simply don’t have the budget for a full-fledged energy efficient renovation, buying a pre-insulated window or door can make a big difference in your energy bills. If your existing windows and doors are rated for more than 20 inches of water, then buying an Energy Star pre-insulated window or door could help you save some serious money on your energy bill.

    You should also understand the differences between Insulated vs. Installed products as well. When it comes to insulating a window or door, there is a distinction between the terms “insulated” and “installed.” If you have a free meeting space in your home, consider installing a window or door that will help block out as much light as possible. If you have a window or door with a traditional stud or hinge that allows natural light into your home, then consider insulating that window or door with polyester batting, fiberglass batts, or fiberglass shakes.
    Today’s economic climate means you may have the funds to hire a contractor to install this type of window or door. If you’re on the fence and wondering whether to insulate or install, it’s best to ask a local expert if you disagree with the manufacturer’s recommendation. Whichever option you choose, the best way to save money on your energy bill is to upgrade your window or door insulation.


    Pushy Sales Scenarios

    We all hate this. Uncomfortable or unhelpful sales situation that make you feel like you need to make an on-the-spot decision. STOP! Don’t accept discounts, sale prices and special promotions without reading the fine print. Some deals will come to a sudden end at some point during the sales period. Find out when that is and don’t buy from anyone else until it ends. It’s even more important to be careful about who you let into your house for a home inspection.

    A window company is only as good as its reputation. You don’t want a fly by night contractor that runs away with your deposit, doesn’t deliver on time or deliver what was promised. You should always find out how long the company been in business and whether it has won any awards. Always always always read reviews, especially the most recent. And check out the company across their website, social media pages and other review platforms like Yelp.

    Take the time to learn about the company. Check out their credentials, learn about their process, and most definitely check out their past work. Don’t be afraid to ask for a reference to some recent work they completed as well. If the company has a showroom (like ours) go visit it!

    When making any purchase decision know that you have 10 days to cancel a contract under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. See your rights when signing or cancelling a contract on the Government of Ontario website for more information. They even offer a sample Letter to Cancel a Contract.

    Understand the different types of materials used for windows and doors, and which ones will be best for your needs

    One of the most important things to consider when looking for windows and doors is the material they’re made of. Each type of material has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the differences when making a decision.

    Aluminum is the most common material used for windows and doors. It’s lightweight, easy to work with, and durable. This makes it an excellent choice for use in place of wood. Some suppliers include an extra set of screwed-in flanges if you want your windows smoother.
    Aluminum is the most common material used for windows and doors. It’s lightweight, easy to work with, and durable. This makes it an excellent choice for use in place of wood. Some suppliers include an extra set of screwed-in flanges if you want your windows smoother.

    Plastic (less durable than aluminum): Plastic may be the most cost-effective option when it comes to installing a new window or door, but it’s usually not quite as easy to work with or fix. Some plastics are laser cut so that they’re simple to work with, but others don’t hold up well to extreme weathering’s.

    You don’t want to waste your money on a bad deal—what you’ll get at great value is just as important. If you’re unclear on what size or type of window or door you’re interested in, you’ll be less likely to buy it out of impulse just because it doesn’t compare to something else you have in your home. Also, keep in mind that while quality and price are important factors, they’re not the only factors.


    Know your warranty rights before you purchase anything

    If you buy something that turns out to be defective, don’t just throw it away or give it away. If you’re in the Canada, you have the right to return an item for a refund or a replacement. Know what your warranty rights are before you make any purchases.

    If you’re at all unsure about its compatibility, do your research. There is a plethora of information about Windows Hardware and how to determine if a product will work with windows. Check reviews, and if something doesn’t seem right, reach out to professionals.
    If you’re unable to find any reference to a specific product’s compatibility, or find a limited edition of a product like a platinum edition, take a closer look to determine if it will work with windows.


    Understand the costs associated with purchasing windows and doors, so you can make a more informed decision about what you want to buy

    When shopping for new windows, you generally have four different options: single-hung, double-hung, casement, and awning. A single-hung window opens horizontally from the top, and a double-hung window opens from the top and bottom. Casement windows open out with a crank, and awning windows open from the top.Awning windows and their kits — also called awning doors — are essentially the same product.

    The key to selecting the right window is understanding what coating and finish will provide the best durability and aesthetics, as well as providing functionality. Manufacturers make dozens of different types of windows and doors, depending on the market and the areas they serve. Each manufacturer has its own advantages when it comes to pricing, customer service, and maintenance.

    To help narrow down your search, here are some guidelines for how to best determine the best window and door. One of the first questions you should ask when shopping for a new window is what type of glass you’re going to receive. Manufacturers provide different options; however, it’s important to determine which type you can install yourself based on your home’s structural requirements and the windows’ durability requirements.

    Any high-quality windows and doors available on the market that seamlessly fit into a home’s frame are manufactured with solid wood framing to avoid cracking, particularly around the doors and windows. It’s important to recognize, though, that some manufacturers offer a laminate option, so make sure you check the optional picture waterfall kit option on the manufacturer’s website.

    As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when making an investment into your home’s windows and doors. Partnering with a trusted company will not only save you money in the long run, but make it a genuinely fun and pleased experience. Our team at Windtek offers:

    • Free in home estimates
    • Personalized manufacturing
    • Lifetime warranties with 100% Canadian products

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