When it comes to the installation of windows in newly built homes, two situations arise that can affect the type of windows being used. The first involves the purchase of a home where the building contractor makes decisions about the choice of window type. In the other circumstance, the home is being custom-built, with the homeowner choosing the windows being installed. In either case, learning more about the window materials involved will help you understand the window’s lifespan, durability and energy efficiency level.
Windows for New Tract Home Construction
If you are in the market for a just-built home, keep in mind that the objective for most contractors is to build homes cost-effectively. While the type of windows installed may be of good quality, chances are, they won’t be using the highest-rated products on the market. This means the windows may have a shorter lifespan, may require extensive maintenance, exhibit diminished durability and not have the highest insulating values in terms of:
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
- Visual Light Transmittance (VT)
- Air Leakage (AL)
- U-Factor (Thermal conductivity)
This information is found on a label attached to products by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for new home windows. Another label you will want to look for is one from Energy Star that verifies if windows meet the appropriate ratings listed above.
Prospective buyers must also take into consideration that the workmanship provided by the contractor may be subcontracted to another individual and only meets the minimum standards for installation.
Custom New Home Construction
For someone having a custom home built to meet their own specifications, choosing new home windows guarantees the best quality materials are being installed and lets the homeowner oversee the workmanship of the installation.
With quality, cost, energy efficiency and workmanship at the top of the list for new home windows, consider Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows for yours.