Quality windows are beautiful windows.
A window’s design can speak volumes about quality. Older outdated window styles are common in the marketplace. New vibrant designs signify a manufacturer on the cutting-edge of the industry. Innovation is the name of the game and there are precious few players out there. Newer window designs offer more glass, and more light, while creating attractive contours both inside and out. Does the window you are considering have a generic look, or does it inspire you with its appearance?
Quality windows have great components.
Great components can be the difference between a window that may be user friendly for many years, and one that is constantly in need of service. The balance system a manufacturer chooses for a double hung window is one example. Many replacement style windows use some variation of a spiral balance. This style has been popular, in part, because it simplifies the manufacturing process and costs less than other balance styles. Variable tension can be added to a spiral balance by “winding it up”, thus making one balance usable for a large range of window sizes. One downside to spiral balances is their tendency to fatigue over time, making them less reliable long term, particularly with larger sizes. Newer block and tackle style balance systems are smoother to operate, more dependable, and last longer. Cost more? Absolutely.
Manufacturers have a similar cost versus quality choice to make on dozens of components that go into a window. From pivot bars to balance shoes to screen frames, each component will present the manufacturer a choice of price and performance options. A quality window is designed by choosing from components that are good, better, and best; rather than cheap, cheaper, and cheapest. Lock and latch systems are another example. Not only do they need to be functional and long lasting, but attractive as well. Choices are many and the costs vary widely. One hardware design for double hung and slider windows that stands out combines the lock and tilt latch together into one sleek attractive piece. This innovative idea looks great and eliminates half the hardware typically seen at the meeting rails.