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4 Common Homeowner Questions Answered

It’s all too easy to forget about replacement windows and doors during a home renovation project. And by the time you remember to buy replacement windows, the conflicting claims and advertisements of different window companies can become overwhelming. As a homeowner, what can you do to make sure you make an informed decision?

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Some window companies count on homeowners knowing relatively little about how windows are installed in order to stealthily earn more money off each job. At Custom Windows, we strive to make sure our customers are fully informed and involved throughout the entire process. We want you to be happy with your decision, after all! Let’s take a look at a few common questions our clients have for us:

  1. What about ads promoting a cheap installed price?
  2. Is it better to use a national window company?
  3. Will I really see a benefit from energy-efficient windows?
  4. What’s involved with installing my windows?

1) What About Ads Promoting a Cheap Installed Price?

You undoubtedly see many advertisements showing very low prices or big discounts on windows. These are actually two different sales tactics. Some ads show a very low installed price to entice you to call, but suddenly there are add-ons–some required to meet energy codes in Texas and some, like screens, should be standard for any Houston window. Others entice you with significant discounts, but you may wonder that if they can offer that discount, what price did they start from and are you getting a fair price even with the discount? At Custom Windows, we do not play these games. After all, your needs are specific to your home and desires, so we first want to listen to you, then present the most logical options and finally, after mapping out your home, provide you with a clear quote with no gimmicks.

2) Is It Better to Use a National Window Company?

Whether a company is national or not is not as critical as the quality of their product and their commitment to standing behind them. This is why Custom  Windows selects only a few companies to represent, some with national footprints like Milgard, MI and Sierra Pacific, and some more regional window companies like American Window Systems, Don Young and Glass Expanse. Additionally, while there are national brands with franchised outlets that only sell that brand, this becomes a limitation since no company builds the right product for every home. And of course, local companies know more about the local weather and can create windows perfectly designed for their region’s climate. Selecting a few brands committed to quality and service allows Custom Windows to craft the right solution for your home.

3) Will I Really See a Benefit from Energy-Efficient Windows?

Even without considering Energy Star ratings, simply upgrading from single-pane to double-pane windows will increase your home’s insulation by a significant amount. But truly energy-efficient windows will do so much more. It’s estimated that Houston homes lose about 40% of their climate-controlled energy through drafty windows or doors. Well-constructed windows with high Energy Star ratings will help reduce this percentage drastically, saving you money both on your power bills and on later repairs to your HVAC systems. Custom Windows takes pride in providing our customers with Energy Star-approved windows for a true improvement in energy efficiency!

Pro Tip: Energy Star-rated windows block 95% of UV rays, which cause damaging fading to your furniture and drapes.

4) What’s Involved with Installing My Windows?

For us, the installation process starts by doing the precise production measurements before any order is ever placed. Having the proper sizing for every opening, even if they look the same, is critical to proper fit and seal. Your window installation experts will discuss with you about the two primary installation methods that we use to determine whether a pocket installation or full removal installation is best for your home. Many dealers only offer one type of installation which may create other issues for you in the future. Finally, using the best sealants such as OSI foam and QuadMAX ensures a long-lasting seal against the elements. The installation process, including the methods and materials used, are as critical to the efficiency and longevity of your window purchase as the windows themselves, so it makes sense to ensure that only the best processes, materials and professional crews are allowed to work on your home!

Making an Informed Decision

Remember, as the homeowner, you’ll have your new replacement windows and doors for the foreseeable future. Don’t force yourself to rush into a decision or choose without knowing what you’re buying. You owe it to yourself and your family to choose high-quality windows that will serve you well for years to come.

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