Windows and doors are an integral part of our everyday lives. They perform important functions, allowing daylight and fresh air into our homes. They serve as a form of defense, protecting our house and possessions. Doors give us convenient access in and out, and windows provide a means to see the outside world around us from within our own four walls. As time passes year by year, these essential products can start to wear out and break down. That’s why it’s important to install replacement windows and doors in West Linn, OR when they’re needed.
But what should you be looking for when you purchase these products? With so many door and window products on the market today, it can be confusing for consumers to figure out what is worth their time and money. Here at Classic Sash & Door, our pro team is well versed in our industry. When you spend some time with us discussing your goals and needs, we can guide you to find the right products to match. In the meantime, here are several things you should consider as you start your search:
1. Quality and Price
Many door and window products in this industry are well made and will serve you well for years to come. However, as is typical of most things in life, you need to watch out for the pitfalls. If your budget is limited, avoid the temptation to shop solely on price. New companies enter the market all the time with big promises about their product lines, offering “deals” to potential customers. Only, they aren’t deals at all. They’re selling poorly made windows and doors that are not built to last. By the time you figure out the quality concerns, the company has closed their business and are long gone.
On the other hand, if you do have money to spend to get the job done right, that can also be a problem for the uninformed. These same types of companies know that many customers understand that price can indicate quality levels. As a result, they’ll charge higher prices for similar poor-quality products. Don’t believe it without the help of a trusted professional. Be wary of promises that are too good to be true, and try to purchase from manufacturers that are well established with a reputation for quality.
If cost is a concern, you can always find great financing options to help you get the job done right. Just be to work with an experienced professional to be sure the replacement windows and replacement doors match the price tag in value. Here at Classic Sash & Door, we carry several high-quality, reputable brands including:
2. Energy Efficiency
Over the years, the industry that designs and fabricates windows and doors has advanced significantly. Improvements to almost every part of the process have occurred, resulting in vastly better product performance. These improvements include energy savings and lower utility costs, more stable internal climate management, reduced wear and tear on HVAC units, decreased influence of ambient air impact.
As you look for modern replacement windows and doors in West Linn, OR that can provide these benefits, look for products that are Energy Star rated. This rating is provided through the Energy Star program that is promoted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program was started in the early 1990s to encourage manufacturers to create high-quality products to help reduce energy loss through better energy efficiency.
Participating manufacturers can have their products tested and rated by the Energy Star Program. Look for the Energy Star label on every product you are considering to review. It’s easy to spot and helps you to compare the efficiency of products easily.
After finding and buying great windows and doors, make sure you hire an installer that is trained and qualified to install your new products. The advancements of windows and doors have caused installation to become more technical in nature. Done poorly, you won’t harness the majority of the promised benefits that you paid for. You may even void your warranty by using an installer that is not certified to handle the installation for your particular windows and doors.
Whether you’re installing wood windows, clad windows, vinyl windows, or ultrex windows, or any custom doors, or other entry doors, be certain your technician is qualified for the job.
Classic Sash & Door Company is ready and willing to help with your home improvement project. We’re an established firm, with years of experience installing windows and doors in West Linn, OR. Let our highly trained and qualified professionals help you to get the job done right. Our shop is found at 1106 SE 6th Ave Portland, OR 97214. Call today to schedule a convenient time for a free consultation (503) 227-0202.