3 Common Reasons Burlington, Ontario Homeowners Make Poor Choices when it Comes to Replacement Windows and Doors
Here’s the scenario: one day you realize that it’s time to replace your old, drafty, cracked, broken down windows. It’s not really something you wanted to take on right now, but knowing how tough winters can be in Burlington, you figure with some increased energy efficiency, you might be able to save money in the long run.
So you go online and search for replacement windows for your Burlington home. You see a number of options come up on the search engine right away. One of those options is a familiar home improvement megastore. You see the prices are far lower there than anywhere else and you figure this is because of their purchasing power. Small to medium-sized window and door company simply can’t compete, right?
So you bypass the specialists, the ones with years of experience, and head down to that home improvement superstore. You walk in and see all of those aisles with various products, all allowing the average homeowner to do so many improvement projects on their own. You head to toward the back of the store where they have their replacement windows and entry doors.
You speak to a salesperson there and despite any concerns you might have, they assure you that these windows are like any other windows you can find in the specialty shops. While that is not true, it doesn’t really matter to them as they are focused on making as many sales as possible.
You see the cost and even at that reduced price, when you tally up how many windows are in your home (the average Burlington home has 14 windows), you’re grateful that you came to this store because you’re going to save a lot of money.
The salesperson talks about installation, mentions their installers, but what they fail to mention is these are independent contractors who are not directly associated with their company. You won’t know who is going to show up until the day they arrive at your home to install those windows. You can certainly hope they actually know what they’re doing.
This is a common scenario that plays out time and time again in Burlington and throughout Toronto. It’s one of the main reasons why far too many homeowners make poor decisions when it comes to replacing their existing doors and windows.
It all boils down to three basic reasons why people focus on these scenarios rather than doing what’s right for the family, their home, and their budget. Below are those three most common reasons why Burlington homeowners tend to make poor choices when it comes to replacement windows and doors. It’s not just Burlington homeowners, though. It’s just about any homeowner you find in the area.
1. They tried to save as much money as possible.
In the scenario we highlighted here, the homeowner focused on price as their first and most important aspect of replacement windows. When you focus on price first, you’re going to be directed to companies that carry the cheapest, lowest quality windows on the market.
They might not admit it, and you may recognize the name brand of those windows, but the cheapest quality windows are not going to protect your home as well as higher-quality windows, they’re not going to save you as much money on your heating expenses during winter, and will have numerous other issues that begin to arise within a matter of weeks, months, or just a couple of years.
It’s great to want to save money, but the moment you begin focusing on that as your primary goal with regard to replacement doors and windows, you’re going to be making poor decisions about the products you choose or where you shop for those products.
2. They don’t understand or realize the value that replacement doors and windows hold.
Did you know that replacing the windows and doors has the potential to be one of the top five home improvement projects that can actually increase the value of your home? Most homeowners don’t realize this simple fact. They assume that since there are windows already in place that it’s more of a burden than an opportunity or investment.
In order to understand this more clearly, think about the kitchen renovation. If you have ever done a kitchen renovation or are planning on it, a similar argument would be that you already have appliances in place. Sure, that refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher might be 10, 15, or even 20 years old, but they’re still working, right?
Most people don’t look at a kitchen renovation in that regard, but they look at replacing their existing windows that same exact way. Just because they exist in your home doesn’t mean this is a burden. It’s an opportunity to invest in the value and future of your home.
Decent or high quality replacement windows and doors can actually increase the assessed value of your home. It can also make your home much more appealing if you plan to sell in the near future.
3. They rush through the decision.
Finally, the third most common reason people make poor choices about replacement windows is they don’t take their time to go over every option, to understand what’s available, and to determine what’s best for each room in their home.
When you are going to replace your windows or even the entry or interior doors of your home, you have an opportunity to change the style completely, install completely different size window or door, and that can completely transform your entire home. That’s why it is such an important decision to make and you should take whatever amount of time is required to understand the various options, determine how much you’re willing to spend on each window and door in your home, and you will be satisfied with your decision in the end.