Buying replacement windows online can either be an easy or complicated process depending on the company one chooses to buy from. Most dealer companies don’t list their prices on their websites, meaning that the individual will most likely have to pay for a quote. This process can be time consuming and expensive. There are often long wait times for quotes, and after that, long wait times for production and delivery.
Buying customized replacement windows online can also have its drawbacks. Customization usually requires an appraisal, and the use of a middleman to visit your home and determine the exact measurements of the customized windows. This can often be expensive and time consuming.
How is Buying from Manufacturers Any Different?
When purchasing replacement windows online through a manufacturer, however, the experience can be different. Because manufacturers often list the prices for each window on their website, it’s easy to budget for home renovations and know exactly how much is needed. They also can take your measurements/specifications online if you are able to give that information to them. Certain manufacturers, because they are selling directly to the public, have no need for middlemen or quotes. This means that turnaround time and prices will be lower.
The selection of windows that you can find online is not the same as in-store, but nonetheless one still has a variety to choose from. Choosing the correct replacement windows online all depends on your preferences, and a little bit on the structure/build on the window. Vinyl windows are all mostly going to be reliable, but you still have to be careful. A good vinyl window to choose is one that has narrow lines and allows for maximum exposure of the glass, has welded corners, and is energy star certified. The more stable the windows are, the less heat escapes in the winter, and air conditioning in the summer.
Look Up Reviews to Decide on Which Windows
If you are not sure which window is right for you, it is easy to look up reviews. When buying replacement windows online, one often goes to a dealer or manufacturer’s website. Once there, it should be easy to select the window that appeals to your taste, and then read the reviews that other buyers have written. If most of the reviews are negative, it’s probably safe to say that it is not a good replacement window, and it would be wise to choose another type.
Once you purchase replacement windows online, you have the choice of either picking it up in store, or having it delivered. If you are ordering a large quantity of windows, it might be best to have the order delivered. If you’re only ordering one or two replacement windows, you could save yourself a few dollars by picking it up yourself, unless the company is not located in your area.
Great for DIY-ers
Buying replacement windows online is usually a task for the do-it-yourself kind of individuals. If you’re planning on buying and replacing your windows yourself, there are a few things that should be known. There are various types of windows: picture, single hung, horizontal, geometric, three-frame (one fixed panel in the middle, and two sliding panels on either side), tilt and turn, and many more. While almost all of these types of windows can have a set pricing, geometric windows often vary in price due to their irregular shapes and dimensions. Therefore, if you are planning on purchasing geometric windows, it’s important to know that you may have to wait longer for production, and pay a little more of a heftier price.
Any purchase made online should be carefully conducted. It is important to know exactly what you want before you purchase your replacement windows online. Research and testimonies are especially important when deciding the type and make of window you wish to purchase. It is also a good idea to decide whether you are going to purchase through a dealer or through a manufacturer, taking all drawbacks and benefits into account.
If you wish, you can also consult with a contractor or someone you know who is in the window/contracting business to help you decide which replacement window online company, is best for you. When it comes to the improvement and safety of your home, it is always important to get a second opinion.
About the Author
This guestpost was written by Giovanni Fausset, a DIY-er who bought replacement windows online and had fun setting them up.