The world is full of myths, mistruths and misconceptions, and replacement windows are no exception. Sadly, misunderstandings about window replacements have led countless homeowners to make poor and costly decisions. Having been in the industry for as long as we have, our Dallas glass and window experts have encountered some real doozies. Today, we’d like to set the record straight and hopefully help homeowners make more informed decisions.
Myth #1 – Replacement windows are not the same as new windows.
One of the biggest sources of confusion we’ve run into over the years is the idea that replacement windows are different and somehow inferior to new windows. Some are even under the impression that replacement windows are used or refurbished. This is simply not true! In fact, all of our window replacement projects are done using only the highest quality new window products. So if you’re getting a window replacement, you’re getting brand new windows.
Myth #2 – Energy-efficient windows don’t really make that much of a difference.
This is absolutely false. In fact, some experts estimate that up to 70% of energy is lost through poor-quality windows. Modern replacement windows are specifically designed to reduce this energy loss by preventing temperature transfer. In other words, with a new window replacement, you’ll keep the cold air out during cooler months and the heat out during the hot summers. This requires less energy usage to keep your home comfortable, which can dramatically lower your utility bills.
Myth #3 – Wood windows are the best option.
There was a time when wood was the main material used for windows, but today’s vinyl replacement windows are beneficial in a number of ways. For instance, moisture can cause wood to swell and rot. Dampness can also result in the growth of dangerous mold and mildew on wooden window frames. Conversely, vinyl replacement windows are designed to be water-resistant. They also require far less maintenance than wooden windows and tend to last much longer. Still prefer the look of wood? You can still get high-quality, durable wooden replacement windows. Just look for a trusted brand, like Pella.
Myth #4 – All window installers are the same.
A surprising number of people believe that if you’ve seen one replacement window contractor, you’ve seen them all. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of things that set a trustworthy installer apart from the rest. First, they need to know their stuff. A poorly performed window replacement could end up costing you dearly in the long run. Secondly, they have to work with quality materials. Shoddy workmanship and second-rate window products will cause more of a headache than any money you might have saved in the process.
Replacement windows can dramatically improve the look, feel and value of a home. They can also cut energy costs and provide a lucrative return on investment. But only if you choose the right partner. At My Affordable Glass and Remodeling, we use only the highest quality replacement window products and pride ourselves on our stellar reputation. If you’ve got more questions about windows, installation or anything else glass-related, give us a call. We’re here to help!