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Window Buyers Guide

July 23, 2014
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6 questions most window companies hope you’ll never ask.

1. How long have you installed this particular brand of window?

Some companies change their brands often trying to find their own better deal leaving previously installed window customers without service and to deal with their own warranty issues. Since 1997, Schmidt Siding & Window Co. has installed Renewal by Andersen Windows. We take great pride in being able to service the products we sell.

2. Will new replacement windows jeopardize the look of my home’s original windows?

Yes, if the replacement window frames reduce the glass area of the window. The Renewal by Andersen custom replacement window company uses a strong fibrex composition allowing for narrower framework, thus, maintaining the original glass appearance and integrity of your windows.

3. Can I see and operate a full-size window before I make my purchase?

To see, feel, lift, tilt and operate a full-size, fully operating window is what we always suggest to our prospective customers. We can demonstrate all of the different window styles - bay window, double-hung, glider, casement or patio door right in our state-of-the-art showroom. You can lift, slide, tilt open and close all of the units. It is always best to know exactly what you are getting before you buy. If you only look at a small sample during an in-home demonstration, you will not get the true experience of seeing an actual full-size window.

4. Does your warranty cover parts and labor?

Many warranties sound good until you dig a little deeper. The last thing you want is to be stuck with an expensive service bill for a defective product. Make sure to find out the terms of the manufacturer’s written warranty, as well as the installation warranty. You will be able to tell if your installer has confidence in the products they carry.

5. Are your window efficiency ratings based on whole window performance?

Some window companies only include energy efficient glass or frames in their ratings. This means that the glass may be considered efficient, but the window’s overall performance as a whole might be poor.

6. Are your windows Green Seal certified?

Green Seal is a national non-profit environmental organization that helps consumers choose environmentally responsible products. Andersen Corporation is the first and only window manufacturer to receive Green Seal Certification, including certification of all Renewal by Andersen custom replacement windows.

Green Seal estimates that if all windows in the U.S. were as energy efficient as those made by Andersen, Americans would save up to 2.5 percent of the annual U.S. energy consumption - an estimated 200 gallons of oil for every household in the U.S.

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