8 Important Questions to Ask Before Buying Windows and Doors
When you’re considering a purchase, you need all types of window information to help in the decision-making process. Common questions often come to mind: “Will these windows match my décor?” “Are they easy to clean?” Frankly, all window manufacturers should be able to answer these questions to your satisfaction.
When you dig deeper, however, there is some window information and questions that will help you differentiate between the average window company…and the one with an extraordinary product.
1. Do these windows and doors have a lifetime warranty…or maybe more?
How many products can offer you both a Limited Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty—plus a two-year money-back guarantee from the Good Housekeeping Institute? Earthwise windows and patio doors have you more than covered with the best warranty program in the industry.
Rest assured, the Earthwise windows and doors you purchase today will provide a lifetime of worry-free performance.
2. Are these windows and doors built to perform best in my local climate?
It’s just common sense—no single window product will perform ideally in all climates. The cold temperatures of a Northeast winter require different materials and construction than windows built for a hot Florida summer. And hurricane or tornado-prone areas need windows built with impact resistance.
Only Earthwise products are custom made for optimum performance in your geographic region by specialists in our large network of independent manufacturing facilities across the U.S. Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, Earthwise designs and manufactures products to withstand the temperature and weather extremes of your local climate.
3. Do you rely on just one manufacturing plant?
In the event of a natural disaster, equipment failure, or any other unforeseen circumstance, you want to be sure the manufacturer has a back-up alternative. You’ll want someone to be there to produce your order on a timely basis, to honor your warranty and to supply replacement parts, if needed.
Only the Earthwise Group gives you the support of a large national network of independent, locally-owned manufacturing facilities across the nation. When you add up the years Earthwise Group manufacturers have been in business, it’s over 500 years combined. That’s a remarkable amount of experience building windows and doors.
Earthwise windows and doors have earned five different industry certifications. Most importantly, all Earthwise products are Made in USA Certified®. When you invest in Earthwise products, you’re investing in the U.S. economy. You’re helping to maintain American jobs in a network of manufacturing plants across the country. Our facilities also use domestically-sourced materials, which helps to keep other U.S. companies strong and growing, as well.
The Earthwise Group is proud to be the first company awarded this important certification.
4. Everyone says they’re energy efficient—exactly how do your windows and doors stack up?
Why is energy efficiency key to any window or door purchase today? Did you know home energy use accounts for about one quarter of our total carbon footprint. With Earthwise windows and doors, you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, you can save hundreds—up to thousands—of dollars per year in energy costs.
Earthwise products are engineered and built to meet the highest standards and specifications of the ENERGY STAR program. Our energy-saving features and options include proprietary composite reinforcing materials, multi-pane glass with high-efficiency low-E coatings, argon or krypton gas filling, foam-filled mainframes and sashes, and more.
The Earthwise Group is proud to have earned “Manufacturing Partner” status with the U.S. Government’s ENERGY STAR program.
5. Why choose vinyl?
Did you know one of the main substances used to produce vinyl is derived from abundant natural salt? And did you know that vinyl is 100% recyclable? It can be reclaimed and reused in numerous manufacturing processes. Additionally, vinyl windows never need painting or staining, keeping harmful chemicals out of the waste stream.
For window construction purposes, vinyl is the ideal frame material. It’s virtually maintenance free, and only vinyl allows window and door corners to be welded for maximum strength, producing an airtight and watertight seal. Our proprietary SunShield® vinyl compound also offers superior resistance to long-term color fading, which can be a problem with lesser-quality products.
So why choose Earthwise vinyl? When it comes to windows and doors, there’s simply no better choice.
6. Are your window frames and sashes welded or mechanically fastened?
This question is very important because it predicts how your windows and doors will perform over time. Earthwise frames and sashes have welded corners for a permanent, watertight and airtight seal. Other products with screwed, stapled or glued corners can eventually leak…and without leak-proof windows and doors, you could see significant damage to your structure.
Vinyl is simply the best material for producing strong, leak-proof windows and doors that also offer another important benefit—they’re virtually maintenance free!
7. Are your products supported by independent, third-party certifications?
When companies voluntarily undergo the rigors of product testing and certification by independent third party agencies, you know they’re committed to excellence.
8. What will it all cost?
The cost of an investment in windows and doors is important…but so is the return. A national Cost vs.Value study shows that when you replace older windows with quality vinyl windows, your investment can add approximately $11,000 to the value of your home at resale (national average).*
Additionally, Earthwise energy-efficient windows and doors can result in a significant reduction in energy costs. You could save hundreds—up to thousands—of dollars per year.
Energy efficiency tax credits on home improvements are also available through 2016. Earthwise ENERGY STAR windows and doors can qualify for these tax credits (click here for details).
When you compare our affordable pricing, durability and energy efficiency—backed by a strong national organization and an exceptional warranty—you’ll find that Earthwise is clearly the Wise Choice for windows and doors.