I’m house shopping, what sort of things should I consider about the windows on properties that I look at?
We’re looking to buy a home and are wondering if the current windows are worth keeping.
A lot of homeowners have very similar questions and it can be hard to tell the quality of the windows if you aren’t sure what to look for.
There are 2 main things to look for when judging the efficiency and strength of a window:
- Look at the spacer system inside the window. The spacer is used to separate the 2 panes of glass in the window and is also used to seal in the insulating glass (i.e. Argon Gas) which is there to increase the efficiency of the window. Our Super Spacer system is stronger than either just foam or metal, limiting thermal conduction, making your windows more efficient and your home more comfortable, while adding to the overall strength of the window.
- Feel the weight of the windows. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see inside of the window to determine the quality of its construction but you can tilt the sash and feel its weight. If it feels light, it is most likely made with thin vinyl extrusions, which is an indication of a lesser-quality window. This is an easy way for window manufacturers to reduce the cost of their windows by using fewer materials or lower-quality parts and pieces. The stronger the window frame is the better it will support the weight of the glass leading to less chance of seal failure and less chance of the window sagging in the future.
The bottom line is that your windows should be energy-efficient, easy to use, and built to last. So, looking for a premium spacer system such as our Super Spacer system and feeling the weight of the windows when you open or tilt them are the two main things we would recommend when looking at houses to buy.
It’s normal to have questions about any home improvement project. Window Xperts is here to help. Before you invest your hard-earned money in upgrades schedule a free, in-home instant quote with one of our trusted, local experts. You will be able to compare samples from several manufacturers with options and pricing that are right for you. We understand that this process can feel intimidating and that’s why we will be by your side to help you every step of the way!