Replacement Windows – The Inside Scoop

There are many brands of replacement windows available today, many whose names you would instantly recognize (thanks to their massive marketing budgets). But we’d like to give you a little inside information about the replacement window business.

Higher Price Doesn’t Necessarily Mean a Better Window

The National Fenestration Rating Council rates the efficiency of all windows independently, regardless of brand. This means that if a window has a U-Factor of .35 and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of .32 and another window has the exact same rating, then they have essentially the same energy efficiency. Often, a famous national branded window, charge more for their window (after all, they have to pay for that massive marketing budget).

Don’t Pay For More Than You Need

In other words, only buy what you need, based on where you live. In Alaska, you will need a higher U-rating than here in Mississippi. Some replacement window companies will oversell the ratings. Yes, they are important, but buying more than you need won’t help, it will just cost you more. Simply put, if you find a double-pane replacement window with the recommended ratings for the region, a triple-pane window with the same rating won’t have any benefit to you, it will only cost you more. You can check the recommended rating for your region at the governments energy rating website here.

Choose The Right Window Style

Before you choose your windows, take the time to find out about the different window styles and the options that come with them. For example, a double hung window is definitely more expensive than a single hung window, but you may find that the ease of cleaning and the ability to open the window from the top down is a feature that is well worth paying for. Also, if an unobstructed view is important to you, then casement windows may be worth the increased cost. You need to understand the differences before spending more on the wrong window style for your home.

At American Made Windows, we will only sell you what you need, we will always give you the best advice, and remember that no matter what type of windows you need, American Made Windows has a solution that fits your budget. We pride ourselves on providing jobs right here in America and supplying an American-Made product to you. To find out more about our products, or to schedule a window inspection and estimate, contact us at 228-818-6136, or you can leave a message on our contact page. We provide window products and service for homeowners in the entire Gulf Coast region.