Author: Window4U (IL) (---.dsl.spfdil.ameritech.net)
> Many of these people on this message board seem to "push"
> people towards the Rolls-Royce" of windows when in most cases
> that is not needed nor will the return on investment ever be
That's because after 30 years of being in the business I'm tired of seeing people get dissapointed 10 years after install by cheap "commodity" windows that no longer operate properly. I find it amazing that so many people look at window investment in only "energy payback" terms. The question I hear is so often is "how many years will it take for the windows to pay for themselves?", and if the answer doesn't come out to 7 years or less, then I hear these opinions that it is foolish to buy the better window.
My goodness, what is wrong with buying a really quality product that saves energy AND is high quality just for the sake of having something nice in your home? I buy many products for my home that aren't the cheapest because I like as nice of products as I can afford. Quality lasts longer after all.
If I remodel my kitchen I am sure not going to build my cabinets out of OSB plywood just because it's the cheapest way. Like most people I'll put in oak, cherry, hickory or some other premium wood because I like the nicer look and the better quality.
Out of the over 15 brands I carry, I'm personally putting in Schuco's with triple glass in my newly bought home because I want the best window available and the best glass package available, so that I am not only saving maximum money on energy bills but also am comfortable even in the dead of winter when sitting next to a big window. Double paned low-e will not do that adequately for me. Sitting next to a large double paned window with low-e glass/argon is still a chilly experience in the dead of winter.
IPlus, if I ever sell this home, the buyers will also have the comfort to know that I put the very best products into their new home.
Everybody has their own opinions and their own level of pride in their homes as to whether to put cheaply built windows in or to opt for something much nicer. I guess that's why they make more than one type of window. Just my opinion.