The 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Look for When Buying Windows in Madison

Madison’s stock of homes is getting older and old homes means old windows that need replacing. Each year, more and more Madison homeowners begin the search for a reliable, experienced and affordable window company.

That’s where we come in here at Feldco. Our experts in Madison windows have put together a list of 7 things that you should look for when buying new windows in Madison.

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If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure to read our ultimate guide to replacement windows in Madison as that may also be helpful in your search.

1. ENERGY STAR rated Windows

If you’re in the market for new windows in Madison, you’re most likely replacing some old windows. If that’s the case, you’re probably experiencing one of the following problems:

  • Windows rattle and shake in the wind
  • Your old windows are letting in drafts
  • You have broken hardware on your window, making it hard to open and close
  • All of the gas in your old windows has escaped due to a seal failure
  • You’re tired of looking at old, ugly windows in your home

All of the aforementioned problems can be solved with new windows, but more importantly, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR rated windows. So what is ENERGY STAR anyways?

Well, you’ve probably seen the logo before either on one of your appliances or even your new TV. ENERGY STAR designation is given to energy-efficient products that meet government standards for efficiency. Not all windows meet this criteria and not all of them are actually going to save you money on heating and cooling costs in the future. That’s why it’s important to go with an ENERGY STAR certified window.

2. Double Pane, Gas-Filled Windows

Staying on the topic of energy-efficiency, having double pane windows in your home can be a real game-changer for those of you facing high heating and cooling costs each month.

You’ll start to see savings immediately, especially if your old windows were single-pane, meaning that there’s only one pane of glass separating your home from the outdoors.

Double pane windows offer two layers of glass that are usually filled in with Argon gas that acts as insulation, further improving the energy-efficiency and R-value of your windows.

3. Windows That Require Little to No Maintenance – Go Vinyl

If you live in Madison, WI, you know that both the summers and winters can be absolutely brutal. Temperature extremes can result in lots of maintenance for windows over time. Save yourself the pain of repainting/restaining or fixing wood windows in the future by going with vinyl windows.

Vinyl windows are extremely durable, won’t warp due to temperature extremes and are VERY low maintanance. Vinyl also makes for a very cost-effective, affordable window.

Compare these traits to wood windows:

  • Wood is a natural insulator but it can also crack and warp over time
  • Wood windows require regular maintenance including sanding and staining
  • The color on wood windows can fade over time, leaving you with ugly windows
  • Wood windows look great at first but can require staining, painting and touch ups to stay that way over the long haul

If you really love the look of wood, there are vinyl windows out there that can mimic the look (and feel) of wood, fooling even the most hawk-eyed wood window expert.

4. Windows That Are Easy to Operate and Clean

There are quite a few good window manufacturers out there but not many have perfected the design of their windows to make them truly easy to operate and clean. After all, no one likes to struggle just to get their window open or closed.

Here’s what to look for:

Windows That Tilt-In for Easy Cleaning

This feature is usually only available in double-hung windows, but it’s worth mentioning because the ability to tilt your windows inwards is a game-changer. Typically, you’d have to pay a company to come out and clean your windows from the outside. With the tilting feature, you can simply tilt each “sash” or framed panel of your window inward to clean easily.

Windows That Open Smoothly

If you’ve got old windows, this might be one of the main reasons why you’re replacing them. There’s nothing worse than that “sticking” feeling you get when trying to open an old window. That feeling comes after years of wear and as a result of a slightly (or severely) warped window.

Window Screens That Remove Easily

Here’s another one. It’s almost like some window manufacturers meant to make it almost impossible to remove window screens for cleaning. Oftentimes, the screens of your windows are the dirtiest part of the whole window, yet the most difficult to remove. Look for windows that offer screens with easy to pull tabs and metal-reinforced springs that won’t get out of shape in a few years time.

Want to see windows that are easy to clean and operate? Check out our the video below:

5. Windows with Insulated Frames

Another thing to look for is a window with insulation inside the actual window frame itself. If you’ve ever seen a window cutout before, you might know what we’re talking about.

A good, energy-efficient window will have some level of insulating foam or material inside of the frame, making your new window insulated from edge to edge, not just between the glass panes of the window.

So far in this article, you’ve been told to get an ENERGY STAR certified window with double pane glass and insulated frames that is easy to use. Now we’re going to be talking about two of the most important things to look for in a window.

6. Quality Installers – Window Installation Makes a HUGE Difference

What good is a top-of-the-line window with all the right features without a proper installation? A great window that is installed poorly might as well be replaced by a plastic sheet.

Look for window installers that have had years of experience installing quality products. The types of windows that we’ve mentioned above are state-of-the-art, engineered products meant to make a noticeable difference in your home. The task of installing these windows shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The best part of it is that buying high-quality windows along with a top-notch installation won’t necessarily cost you any extra money.

Here’s what to look for in your window installers:

  • Years of experience installing high-quality windows
  • A solid group of installers that aren’t part of a fly-by-night business – meaning they know each other and work together on lots of installations
  • Installation crews that have modern tools and equipment needed for a proper window installation
  • They work for a company with a great reputation and many years of business experience

7. A Great Window Company

Do you know what sets a great window company apart from all others? Reputation for excellence, quality products and OUTSTANDING customer service.

Take Feldco for instance – we’ve got over 40 years of experience working on window projects with over 350,000 customers. We’re a well-known brand across the Midwest and have been namedthe #1 Window Company in America by Window&Door magazine 3 times. We have a strong presence in Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas and we stand by the quality of our products and workmanship.

Who Will You Choose to Provide Your Madison Windows?

After reading this article, you now know what to look for. Why not go with a company that possesses all of the points mentioned and won’t let you down?

You can get a free, no-obligation quote for your window project in Madison by clicking here.

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