Homeowners will often ask why they should pay more for windows that look very similar to less expensive ones. This is a good question and one I would ask, too. Like most products, you get what you pay for. It’s our job to educate homeowners regarding the differences in how replacement windows and doors are manufactured. That’s important because the manufacturing techniques and raw materials used make a big difference in the lifetime of vinyl windows. Both the appearance and function of replacement windows can vary greatly based on the quality of the product. And when it comes to a long term investment for your home, it pays to know what you’re getting.
First, there are major differences in the vinyl extrusion process that’s used to create window frames. For example, all of the vinyl window products we sell and install in San Diego are built from new vinyl material that’s not been recycled. As a result, we can guarantee the window frames against discoloration for life. On the other hand, replacement vinyl windows that were manufactured from cheap extrusions will often discolor and turn yellow within just a few years.
Another example is the glass itself. All our vinyl replacement windows and doors come standard with dual pane glazed units, with super spacer (a non-metallic warm edge spacer). If you buy cheaply glazed units with an intercept spacer (a metal spacer) your window may encounter issues with condensation within just a few months of installation.
So, before you buy replacement windows and doors for your San Diego home, make sure you educate yourself about the products being offered. After that, make sure you’re hiring a company you’re comfortable with who answers all your questions and provides professional installation that’s not outsourced to another company.
Bottom line, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a window company offers to sell and install a replacement window for $180.00 you should run the other way. Invest in your San Diego home and enjoy it for years to come.