Talking about any home improvement project can cause some homeowners to tune out some of the most important information. They hear what the potential cost will be and they immediately shift gears and try to find a way to cut the estimated cost. When it comes to replacement windows and doors for your Port Washington home, there are a few mistakes that too many homeowners make and that leads to them ending up with windows or doors that they are not thrilled with.
What is the most common pitfall or mistake that homeowners throughout Port Washington and the rest of the region make when choosing replacement windows and doors?
They focus on cost as the most important factor.
Why do you try to spend the least amount possible on new windows or doors for your home?
If you’re one of those people who have asked the question, “How much will it cost me to get new windows for my home?” then you started the process already from the perspective of trying to save money, rather than focusing on quality.
How much could replacement windows and doors cost the average homeowner in Wisconsin? That certainly depends on the number of windows and doors that you have in your home as well as the type of windows. On average, you might have 14 windows in your home, including at least one picture, bay, or bow window. You also might have 3 doors, including the front door.
As such, the average cost for just the windows and doors might be $6,500 and that’s without considering installation charges. When people think about that number, they think, “Isn’t there a way to save money?”
Sure, there is, but that’s where you begin to make some serious mistakes.
How much you could save over the course of 10, 15, and 20 years.
The cheaper the windows and doors that you purchase for your home, the less they are going to do to help you save money over the life of those windows. If you purchased the highest quality windows, tripled glazed windows with krypton gas sealing them, you could boost energy efficiency of those windows by more than 80 percent over single pane windows.
Now, that could equal $100 per month, or more, on your energy bills throughout the year. Let’s say then that you save $1,200 per year on the windows that you spent $10,000 on. You could have saved money and chosen the cheapest windows and still spent $5,000.
Now, after 10 years, your energy savings, without taking inflation into account, would be $12,000. You save more than you invested on those more expensive, more energy efficient windows.
On top of that, you would have windows that you know are going to be still saving you money for another 5 to 10 years while those cheaper windows will already be showing signs of fatigue, they could be breaking, and they could have seals that are failing, costing you more money in the long run.
So while you’re focusing on the cost of the windows and doors right now, it’s the long term impact that they will have on the quality of life and enjoyment within your home as well as the energy savings that are going to matter most.
Where homeowners tend to shop for cheap windows.
Of course, if you’re still determined to save as much money as you can on windows and doors for your home, where might you turn? If you begin to search out small, independent companies in the area, you’re quickly going to realize that the prices for the windows that they carry are relatively close to being in line. No, it’s not collusion. It’s about competition. We are trying to deliver the highest quality windows at the most affordable prices.
So then you find an ad in the local paper, or you see something online and you realize that your local home improvement mega store, where you are being told that you ‘can built something’ has windows and doors. Of course, you knew that. So you head on down there assuming that you’re going to get much better prices from an international company than a local business.
And you’re right! You’re going to find much lower prices on windows. And to top it off, many of the windows that they carry are by a name brand that you recognize. You think, “Ha! This is why I don’t bother with those independent, smaller companies! They’re trying to overcharge me.”
You think that it’s great and you’re excited when you begin to sit down with the salesperson there and you ask what the difference is between these windows and the ones that you were looking at from Wellington Home Improvements or another company. They’re going to tell you ‘nothing,’ that these windows are just the same. However, what they won’t tell you is that they are lower quality, cheaper glass, and won’t last nearly as long as Wellington Windows or another major brand.
What they won’t tell you either is that those windows are the same type of windows that home builders purchase to install in their new constructions. Think about that for a moment: why would a home builder put in a certain brand of window into the new homes they build?
It’s not because they’re going after quality. What are they after? The cheapest windows that they can find. They don’t care whether those windows are efficient; they’re trying to maximize their profits by minimizing costs.
The windows from those home improvement mega stores are low end, entry level type windows. You need only go there, check them out up close and personal, try a few of them and then come to Wellington Home Improvements and see the difference.
Quality, durability, and selection are unbeatable at Wellington Home Improvements. When your home is important to you, make the right investment in windows that will stand the test of time and help you save money every year on your heating and cooling bills. Contact Wellington Home Improvements to see the selection that we offer.