PART 2: THE REAL COSTS OF BUILDER WINDOWS
Client’s beautiful home had Builder Windows. These were costing in energy inefficiency.
THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT HOMEOWNERS WANT AND WHAT BUILDERS OFFER
Continuing our Blog about new home building in Austin and Central Texas. In “Part 1: What Builders Offer… Builder-Grade Windows” I discuss builder windows in residential construction. Most builders offer cheap builder windows without any window upgrade options.
We revealed the first question builders, remodelers, and building supply companies ask us during discussions is “How much do your windows cost?” often with no questions regarding our window quality and energy efficiency.
THE REAL COSTS OF BUILDER WINDOWS
At this point I’m sure you’re asking “How much will builder windows cost me?”
When we visit with most folks about replacement windows, they are completely fed-up with their terribly inefficient builder windows, broken components including springs & lock mechanisms, foggy, moldy, leaky, and/or sagging glass and windows that don’t properly open. Some homeowners begin by just replacing the glass but soon it becomes a domino effect where other windows fail and they begin the entire process all over again!
We have recently been to a couple of shows and people have shared with us that they have a relatively new homes (welcome to the Austin housing boom). Their utility bills are high, but more importantly, they have noticed their beautiful home doesn’t feel comfortable during the extreme hot and cold months! These folks have expressed they should replace their builder windows to lower utility bills and gain comfort, but can’t understand why their windows need to be replaced so soon! They find it hard to believe they have a beautiful home with crummy builder windows.
COMFORT COSTS OF BUILDER WINDOWS
What is the comfort level in every room in your home? Are some rooms more uncomfortable during summer months or too cold during winter months? Can you feel the heat pouring through your windows during those 100 degree days through September and feel the cold temperatures during the cold days in winter? How about sound level from outside? Do you feel like your neighbors are moving in? Do you hear car traffic as the growth of Austin Explodes?
Windows shouldn’t leak or be foggy and you should be comfortable in every room of your home without breaking the bank on utility bills. We encourage you to educate yourself and be an astute window buyer before remodeling or building your new home.
OTHER QUESTIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS
1. If you are building a new home or remodeling your home have concerns about the quality of the windows?
2. Are you experiencing any of the failures I have mentioned above in your builder windows?
3. Is your comfort level in your home in need of improvement?
4. What do you think it is costing you with builder windows in your home now?
I recommend to anyone experiencing any concerns about windows to give us a call at Ringer Windows at 512-989-7000. We will come out to your home and completely inspect all your windows and provide you with a FREE window estimate!