Have you ever heard a window or door manufacturer claim their products are of average or low quality? Of course you haven’t. But how can you tell if the claims of high quality are justified or are simply marketing hype? Here are some specific things to look for in truly high quality windows and doors:
- They should be manufactured from solid natural wood with no visible finger joints, no composite material made from wood by products and the natural wood should have a protective coating.
- High quality windows and doors will have an ENERGY STAR sticker. Energy Star qualified products reduce both your costs and greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines that are endorsed by the Government of Canada.
- Low-e glass must be used to reduce the harmful effect of UV radiation. Untreated glass will allow over 60 per cent of UV radiation to pass into your home while low-e glass will reduce this to less than 20 per cent
- Quality windows and doors will have a 10-20 year warranty that can be transferred to new owners and that is not prorated based upon years in service.
- Windows do get broken. Can you get replacement glass for their non current products and how long has this company been in business?
- Vinyl cladding should be used on the outside to protect against the elements.
- All hardware and closing mechanisms should have a solid feel and work smoothly.
Choosing high quality windows and doors may cost more initially, but will save you money as the years go by. Please visit MWD Planning at www.mwdplanningcentre.com for more information on windows and doors in Newmarket and the York Region.