With such an abundance of information available online, it’s only natural that some bad information would get mixed in with the good. However, if you’re currently shopping for replacement windows for your Oakville home, the wrong replacement window information can take a major toll on the quality of windows you choose for your home. Unfortunately, if you’re not familiar with shopping for replacement windows, it can be difficult to weed out the false information from real advice. To help separate the fact from fiction, we have created a short list of replacement window myths to be aware of while shopping for your new windows.
#1 A High Price Means a Quality Window
While a high price tag could signify a quality product in other industries such as cars or watches, it’s not always the case when it comes to windows. Often, replacement windows feature a high price tag simple due to their aesthetic appeal or the fact that they’re currently in style. This doesn’t mean you can’t find quality, affordable windows that offer the same benefits (if not more).
#2 You Can Replace Your Own Windows
Trust us, we get it. It’s tempting to make your replacement windows a DIY project in an attempt to save money. Unfortunately, this “home improvement project” often results in the homeowner spending more time, money and energy than they intended. Not only that, but a non-professional window installation can result in a host of problems including irreparable damage to the window frame, increased vulnerability to break ins and decreased energy efficiency. In the end, it’s best to just pay a professional from the start and save all the time and headache.
#3 Replacement Windows Have No Effect On Your Resale Value
If you plan on selling your home in the future, every detail of your house matters, including your replacement windows. In fact, recent real estate reports have shown that homes with replacement vinyl windows sell at a higher price than those without, often giving homeowners up to 80% of the original cost of the windows once their home has sold. We suggest visiting local open houses or speaking with a real estate agent in your area to find out which type of window is considered standard your area.
#4 ENERGY STAR is the Only Rating You Need to Worry About
While ENERGY STAR shows that a window has passed some of the highest energy-efficient standards on the market, there are a number of other indicators on a window’s label designed to give you more information. For example, the U-factor of a window (also known as it’s U-Value) is similar to the miles per gallon on a car and is designed to tell you how well a window will insulate your home. The lower the u factor, the higher it’s insulating capabilities.
If you want to be sure that you’re receiving the best advice on your Oakville, Ontario replacement windows selection, we suggest speaking with a Magic Window Innovation window expert. To speak with one of our experts today simply give us a call at 1-866-656-2442 or visit us at 75 Rowntree Dairy Road Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8.