Cheap Windows. Are They Really Worth It?

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A cheap window installed in a home.

Cheap windows are usually not worth it in the long run. You might save a couple of bucks up front buying something with a low price tag. But there is a hidden cost to buying cheap windows that most people don’t think about. There are several factors you should consider when purchasing windows. Ask yourself this. Do you want a cheap window now that costs you money month after month? OR would you rather have something that offers a real return on your investment? 


If you want to spend more on an energy-efficient window now, you could save thousands of dollars on your utility bill over time. But if you’d rather throw that cash in the trash, then by all means, buy a cheap window! 


The choice is yours.  But if you want the most value for your investment, we think you know the better choice. 


How Do I Know If My Windows Are Good Quality?


Before you waste money on that cheap window you found online, think about these two things: energy efficiency and durability. Are those flimsy $200 windows going to give you either of those things? Probably not. They’re likely to bow, bend, or break before you’re even ready to THINK about buying another one. How long until you’re replacing them?


1 year from now? 5 years?  So you’re not really spending $200 on a window once. You’re spending $1,000 buying, installing, and replacing it. Now add the cost of maintaining those windows over time (repainting, refinishing, repairing). Plus, cheap windows mean cheap materials. That cold draft that you can’t seem to get rid of? It’s all the air escaping through your poorly-made windows and it’s costing you money!


How much money do you think you’re wasting every month trying to keep your home at the right temperature because it’s all going right out the window? Literally! That cheap window isn’t so cheap after all, is it?


Can Windows Be Installed Wrong?


Believe it or not, installing windows is not as simple as removing your old one and popping the new one back in the window pocket (no matter what that cheap contractor your cousin knows tells you). The problem with a cheap window installation is that the guys you hired want to get the job done as quickly as possible so they can get on to the next one. And guess what? Your warranty with them expires as soon as they leave your property!


They won’t go the extra mile to properly fit and secure your window.  They also won’t be coughing up the extra dollars to provide you with high-quality insulation or sealants. Do you think they’ll come back to help you if something goes wrong with the job? THINK AGAIN! A poorly installed window leaves room for air leakage, sagging, and other issues down the road. Who do you think pays for that when it needs to get fixed? Definitely not Chuck with the Truck! That expense is going to fall on you.


Cheap Windows Are Simply A Bad Investment


So, are cheap windows worth it? If you ask us, absolutely not! We aren’t just saying that to get you to buy from us either. No matter what, the choice is always up to you. We’re not right for everyone and that’s okay. But as window experts, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t give you everything you needed to make a sound decision. We want you to be happy for as long as your windows last–whether you buy them from us or from those other guys. When everything is said and done, you get what you pay for.


Cheap windows may have a lower price tag, but they just do not perform as well as windows made and installed with YOU in mind. They lack energy efficiency, durability, and reliability. That’s all there is to it.


Cheap windows tend to fall apart within a few years of installation, which means that if you need new ones installed again later on down the line (or just want better ones), then they could cost even more than initially expected because of repairs or replacements already made.


So, if you’re looking for windows that will last you a long time, save you money, and provide you with peace of mind, then you need Windows & Doors by The Men with Tools.


Contact us for your free consultation today!