When the time comes for an awning window replacement, there are a lot of factors to consider: price, quality, style and more. Without knowing the full range of choices available, a homeowner is very likely to make a decision that could be costly in more ways than one.
Price is often a major concern. Keep in mind that the price of an awning window does not cover only the cost of the window but also the installation of the window. It is not recommended that the average homeowner install this type of window. For those homeowners who live in the Northeast, the hands-down window experts are United Home Experts. They have more experience installing awning windows than just about anyone else; and they also buy in bulk and pass the savings on to their customers.
Of course, price is only half the equation. What is price without quality and style? Installing a window that is simply wrong for a home just because it is inexpensive is not a good trade-off. Homeowners need quality and style as well as a good price. So what constitutes quality and style in an awning window?
First, the window must blend into the style of the home. A classic home, especially an older home, screams for wood-framed windows. Installing vinyl or aluminum frames in a 100-year-old colonial will never look right. Matching the window frames to the style and period of the home is vital. In order to do that the homeowner must find a company like United Home Experts, we sell and install a wide range of window styles and designs, in almost every quality imaginable.
We install premium-grade wood windows from Marvin, and they also sell Marvin Integrity, which is a complete line of vinyl windows, as well as Simonton, Harvey, Pella, Andersen, Jeld-Wen and several others. There are few other places, if any, where a homeowner will find more choices under one roof.
Keep in mind, too, that there are several different grades of window glass available. A homeowner living in a warm climate may want a simple single sheet of plain glass, but for homes in the Northeast, windows need to be double-paned, preferably with an inert gas such as argon between the panes of glass to slow energy loss. Modern windows are also energy efficient, with a special, almost invisible coating on the glass, which reflects the sun’s harmful ultraviolet light back outdoors and holds in the home’s natural warmth for a significant reduction in utility bills, month after month after month.
It is simply not possible to see a full range of price, quality and style at most window companies, as most companies sell only one or possibly two different brands and styles of windows. Unfortunately, this limited selection does not give the homeowner the full range of choices available. And without full knowledge, the homeowner risks spending too much money on the wrong window, leaving the homeowner unhappy and possibly even angry for years to come. For more information on windows, read our main window page!