Cost vs Value
Let’s get to the bottom line right up front. If you should be informed that, “Typically, new windows will pay for themselves in about 5 years,” believe it; it’s true. When it comes to window pricing, please keep in mind that the cheapest windows are rarely, if ever, the best choice. Depending on your situation, you may not elect to install the top-of-the-line window, but do choose a good quality window regardless. You don’t want to choose a window that only looks good but won’t save you much money on utility bills. Even if you only bought the home as an investment and are planning on “turning it” (selling it fast) for a quick profit, it is still best to buy quality windows that will last, and that come with a lifetime warranty.
I can’t tell you the number of people I come into contact with that suddenly decided to replace their windows only after they happened upon a special sale at their local building supply store. Typically, the low prices seen are for the bottom-of-the-line windows; those with little energy savings and a minimal warranty.
It’s no secret that some well-known manufacturers make three different grades of windows: a top, middle, and bargain line. In many instances, homeowners aren’t able to find someone reputable to install those bargain windows. Professional installers do not care to be associated with an inferior product.