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How to Choose a Window Manufacturer

5/29/2015 3:02:18 PM

Choosing the right window manufacturer is just as important as choosing which windows to install in your home. After all, the manufacturer you choose determines window quality, durability, efficiency and the overall satisfaction with your selection.

Use these tips to ensure you only work with a manufacturer that deserves your business.

Investigate Warranties

You should never purchase new windows unless they have good warranties. This protects you from defective materials or workmanship for peace of mind following a window installation.

Look for general warranties lasting 20 years with other warranties on specific components. This gives you more detailed information about which window parts are covered and for how long. For example, laminated or decorative glass may have a five-year warranty while hardware finishes may have 10-year protection.

Warranties should be transferrable to subsequent homeowners so you can pass on the peace of mind if you ever sell your home.


Consider Window Quality and Efficiency

Visual aesthetics are important when buying replacement windows, but the product’s inner workings are what determine how durable and energy efficient the window will be. When shopping around, look for National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels. Comparing efficiency ratings between different windows is the best way to tell whether you’ve found a quality product or not.

For example, look for a U-factor of 0.30 or less if you live in a cold climate and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 or less for more efficient performance in warm climates. Simplify the process of finding an efficient window by only considering those with the ENERGY STAR® label. These windows are not only efficient, but they also meet high performance standards to ensure your satisfaction.

Explore the Inventory

To increase the chances of finding exactly what you’re looking for, choose a manufacturer with a wide window selection. You should have endless choices when it comes to window shapes, sizes, operation, colors, finishes and materials. The goal is to have access to any combination of these characteristics from multiple product lines so you can customize your window replacement to suit your specific needs.


Learn About Credentials

Learn how long the manufacturer has been in business with the intent to only work with a company that has at least a decade of experience. Positive customer testimonials are also a good sign a manufacturer delivers on its promises.

Manufacturers that service customers nationwide often work with local dealers. Look for dealers that have received recognitions and awards to increase the chances of your complete satisfaction.


Choose Weather Shield

In the end, Weather Shield meets all of these requirements and more. This window manufacturer has 60 years of experience and delivers a more diverse array of quality windows from various product lines than anyone else in the industry. Proven performance and warranties to match give you peace of mind when you choose to work with Weather Shield. Contact us today to learn more about our products or find a dealer near you.

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