Have you been considering new windows for your San Diego home? Did you start doing some research only to find all of the options on the market to be overwhelming? Not only are there hundreds of manufacturers out there making replacement windows, but many of those manufacturers also offer several different lines of windows. And even within those lines of windows there are many optional features and upgrades from which you can choose.
So how do you start narrowing things down to help make your decision easier? A great place to start is by deciding what type of material you want for your windows’ frames. This might seem like an unusual place to start, but here’s why it makes sense: if you know you want windows with wood frames, it will greatly narrow down your search because not a lot of manufacturers make wood windows. Similarly, if you want windows with fiberglass frames or aluminum frames, you will have a lot fewer options.
Most San Diego prefer windows with vinyl frames. This is because vinyl windows a good job of not letting in heat and cold from the outside. It is also moisture resistant and requires very little maintenance. When high-quality vinyl is used, it is able to stand up to UV rays without breaking down or discoloring. It’s also an affordable material. The type of vinyl used in replacement windows is polyvinyl chloride, which is typically less expensive than other materials used in window frames, such as wood or fiberglass.
Michal Bohm, a veteran of the replacement window industry and owner of BM Windows in San Diego, had this to say about vinyl windows. “At our San Diego replacement window company, we only sell windows with vinyl frames. That is because they are the most durable, energy-efficient windows for the money. They are a great product for any San Diego homeowner wanting to better insulate their home and give it some added curb appeal. The high-quality windows we sell at our company come standard with many great features, which means you don’t have to pay for any expensive upgrades to get great new windows installed in your home.”
Bohm continued, “There are very few instances in which you might want to consider windows with different types of frame materials other than vinyl. For example, if you have a historic home, you might want to have classic wood windows installed, or if you are dead set on making your home as energy efficient as possible, you might be willing to pay a premium price for fiberglass windows. But for most San Diego homeowners, vinyl windows are the best option.”
For high-quality vinyl windows for San Diego homes, Bohm recommends replacement windows made by Anlin and Monte Verde, saying “These are brands that are sold exclusively by authorized companies, so you won’t find them in retail stores. They are solid windows that come at great prices when compared to similar products on the market. The manufacturers also require that their windows be installed by factory-trained installers. Installers that receive factory training tend to provide homeowners with a better end result than those who don’t have training or experience specifically in window installation.”
It is also advised that San Diego homeowners look for vinyl windows that come with a good warranty from the manufacturer, as well as an installation warranty from the company that provides the installation.