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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A WINDOW MANUFACTURER FOR HIGH-END CONSTRUCTION

November 19, 2019

Windows play an essential part in new construction homes. After all, they determine the look and feel of your new home. And while the average lifespan of residential windows is 15-20 years, a high-quality window can last 20 years or more, with proper care. This means windows are a long-term investment, one that should be made with careful consideration.

The placement, designs and colors are some basic, yet critical, factors when it comes to choosing the windows to install in your new home. Homeowners who are designing and building their new high-end home should consider a number of factors when selecting the right window manufacturer.

There are obvious considerations such as quality, efficiency and price. But there are also important considerations such as warranties, delivery and whether the provider offers any included services like free consultations, design review or the capacity to collaborate with the designer or architect of your new home.

The manufacturer you choose ultimately determines the selection of windows you will have access to. This article offers advice on how to choose your window manufacturer for your new high-end home.

Do they offer customization?

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The window manufacturer must be able to customize the size of your windows and provide custom made units.

While there are standard-sized windows, chances are, these windows will not adequately meet the design and structural needs of your new high-end home, so being able to customize the size and shape of your windows according to the openings is very important.

When selecting your window manufacturer, try requesting an in-person meeting to go over your home’s architectural plans so that you can receive consultation on the company’s capabilities for customization.

Do your new windows come with a good warranty?

New windows should always come with a good warranty. Never purchase windows without one. A good warranty for windows should protect you from any deficiencies in materials and workmanship.

Look for general warranties lasting at least 5 years, along with additional warranties on specific events. This gives you more information about which window parts are covered for how long and under what circumstances (i.e. weather, workmanship).

Warranties should also be transferable to future homeowners, should you sell your home.

MINIMAL Glass + Door believes in the quality of their products and work. They want you to feel safe knowing your window investment is safe which is why they offer a 10-year warranty against premature failure and visible defects on glazed units.

All parts and materials required and used within any of MINIMAL Glass + Door products are warrantied against premature failure, manufacturing issues or quality issues for 5 years after installation.

Products installed by MINIMAL Glass + Door have a 2-year warranty. If any work is required in those two years, it will be done at no cost to you.

What are the window quality and efficiency?

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The quality of a window determines how durable and energy-efficient it will be.

You can compare efficiency ratings between different windows, which helps to suggest window quality. Look for an ENERGY STAR label and a U-factor of 0.30 or less if you live in a cold climate like Vancouver or Seattle.

What is their selection?

To increase the chances of finding exactly what you are looking for, choose a manufacturer with a wide selection of windows. You should have an abundance of options when it comes to sizes, colors, finishes, shapes, operation and materials.

The goal here is to have access to any combination of these characteristics from multiple products so you can customize your window installation to suit your specific design and architectural needs.

Does the window manufacturer have good credentials?

Find out how long the manufacturer has been in business. Work with a company that has at least a decade of experience. Positive online reviews, referrals and customer testimonials are also a good sign a manufacturer delivers on its promises.

About MINIMAL Glass + Door

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Founded in 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, MINIMAL Glass + Door was created with one goal in mind: to give customers beautiful, quality windows and doors for the best price.

They strive to improve both the product offerings available in the market and the service process itself.

MINIMAL Glass + Door specializes in custom windows and doors. They believe your architectural vision deserves a view to match. Offering limitless design, exceptional hardware, and architectural glazing, they will ensure the success and completion of your project.

And their products and services have proven performance and warranties to give you peace of mind when choosing the products to install in your new home. Plus, they are happy to work with your design consultant or architect to ensure your windows and doors fit perfectly into your home’s design.


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