Lowe’s of Home Depot makes replacement windows very easy. They offer a wrench service to provide you with the windows, provide you with the support to order them, and even offer an installation option to install them. By creating a ‘one stop shop’, the big stores can cover it all. However, how do you know if you are getting the best window replacement project in the big box stores? The information below contains three areas to consider when choosing a box to provide your replacement windows.
Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have different options to choose from when choosing replacement windows. To begin with, each store has its own unique window that can only be found in their store. Lowe’s has the Reliabilt vinyl range and Home Depot has American Craftsman vinyl windows. Both window lines are unique to each business, which means you will not be able to find the window markers outside their respective stores. If you’re concerned about the quality of the “home” windows, you should know that in a 2007 Consumer Reports test, the Reliabilt scored the highest of the vinyl windows tested and the American craftsman third.
In addition to their shop windows, Lowe’s replacement windows also contain the Pella brand. Pella has been in the window and door industry for over 75 years and has a reputation for delivering high quality products. Pella’s after-sales service support ensures that it will be resolved if you have problems with your window. Home Depot has the brands Andersen and Jeld Wen. These are great window manufacturers that have years of research behind their product. Like Pella, purchasing Andersen or Money Win windows ensures that you get the support of the manufacturer after the purchase in the box.
Window quality should not be considered a major concern when shopping at checkouts. Since brands are at the top of Consumer Reports, and other brand names for windows are available, you can find a product that matches your quality.
Buying and ordering windows is by no means brain surgery. However, there are many different factors involved in ordering replacement windows, and this requires someone who is familiar with the process to ensure that the order is correct. The challenge homeowners face with stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot is to become consistent in the experience of employees. Although each store has staff who are dedicated and trained for specific sections in the store, it is not always easy to determine how much experience the person has with the product he is selling. An employee in the factory work (windows) could have been in the electrical environment three weeks ago.
This is not to say that whoever buys replacement windows at one of the stores does not know what they are talking about. Both stores employ strong staff, train well and are very willing to help customers. Nevertheless, you should always make sure that the person helping you with your replacement windows is the most qualified person in the store. This will ensure that the details are covered and that your order is correct.
Quality of installation
One of the attractive aspects of the major home improvement stores is that they provide installation services and replacement windows. The ‘one stop shop’ aspect makes it easy for homeowners not to have to look for a contractor to install their windows. In addition, the large stores offer installation prices that are relatively inexpensive to fit into most project budgets.
Before committing to having the shop installers work, always check with other installers to get the job done. Find out what the average installation cost is for your area. Chances are that when you compare the installation prices with the prices of Lowe’s or Home Depot, you will see that the retail price is significantly cheaper than a professional installation company or an installer.
Before you think about getting the steal of the century, keep this in mind: the process of removing and replacing a window is basically the same, whether you pay $ 100 or $ 200 per opening to finish it gain. If the work is done for $ 100, the installer must earn the same cost as the installer of $ 200, or they must reduce the material cost or the labor cost. If material costs are reduced, you may not get the best caulking or the best quality decoration around the windows. This can lead to rotting wood and leaking windows.
If contractors need $ 100 to install a window, they must also double the number of windows to earn the $ 200 per window installer. This means that they will have to spend half the time installing one window. If the basic process is the same, how good is the installation if it takes half the time to complete? The big stores use volume to compensate for their low installation price and to achieve volume, they need to install as many windows as possible in as short a time as possible. Keep this in mind when looking at the quality of installation you receive for the price point that the big box stores offer.
(The above statements are not meant to disrespect the installers of the cash register shop. These are good hardworking people like me or me and make an effort with the work they do. Just be aware of how the system works before embarking on a project start with a box so you are not surprised by the results if it is less desirable.)