Windows are among the most important features of a building. They need to let light in, keep wind, rain and other weather phenomena out and provide ventilation, all the while maintaining the integrity of the walls or ceiling in which they are installed.
Windows are also necessary for safety purposes. According to The Family Handyman, windows in basements and bedrooms below the fourth story of a building must:
All of these are for safety purposes. In the event of a fire or other emergency, people in the room must be able to easily exit through the window.
"Homeowners can get as much as 80 percent ROI by installing new vinyl windows."
Though installing the right windows is crucial to a home or building, they can be pricey additions or replacements. However, some homeowners may shy away from this essential purchase because they aren't sure how they can afford to pay for the upgrade. Offering financing programs to spread out the cost of new windows can help more people get the windows they need to make their home the very best.
When choosing a window, there are many decisions to be made. One of the first is the frame material. There are four options for window frames, according to Qualified Remodeler:
Each of these has its perks. Wood windows look nice and are fairly stable, although many contractors reinforce them with aluminum or vinyl. On the downside, they require more maintenance than the other options. Additionally, according to the National Association of Realtors, they are a bit pricier than their vinyl counterpart, resulting in a lower return on investment.
Vinyl is the most popular choice for window frames. NAR reported homeowners can get as much as 80 percent ROI by installing new vinyl windows. However, they have a tendency to have weaker seals around the glass after several seasons of particularly hot or cold weather.
Fiberglass windows are the top choice for high-performance builders because they expand and contract at the same rate as glass, which preserves the seal around the window much better than other options. Aluminum is also highly durable but not very insulative, so it's mainly turned to in commercial construction.
After choosing the frame, homeowners need to choose:
Consumer Reports found that double-hung windows are ideal for people who plan on installing an air conditioning unit, plus they are easier to clean.
Triple-glazed windows are significantly more noise-reducing than a window with just one pane of glass or double-glazed windows.
Cladding will help wood frames last longer and reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep them looking nice and working efficiently.
Low-E coating can help prevent heat transfer between the inside and outside of the home, but will reduce visibility slightly.
Time Money pointed out that not everyone who needs new windows needs a complete window replacement. If the frames are still in working order, perhaps just replacing the glass is enough to improve the home. Sometimes, old windows can be refurbished to improve their functionality.
For instance, if a homeowner is considering a replacement because the windows have been painted shut since he or she moved in, be sure to make it clear that you can always take off the paint to allow it to open. Offering your customers alternatives will help them understand that they have plethora options for their window-related projects.
Showing them the best way to upgrade their glass or frames without overspending will help them realize that you care about the integrity of their home as well as their financial stability, which will increase trust.
Of course, there are times when a total window replacement really is needed - frame and all. In these situations, uncertainty of how to pay for these changes can create nervousness in the homeowner. Help calm their nerves by showing them how low a month-to-month payment program can cost.