• Apr 20, 2024
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How Do You Know If Your Windows Are Cheap?


How Do You Know If Your Windows Are Cheap? 

Windows are an essential part of any home, providing light, ventilation, and aesthetics. However, not all windows are created equal. Some are of higher quality, while others may be considered “cheap”.

But how can you tell if your windows fall into the latter category? In this post, we’ll explore the signs that indicate your windows are of low quality and provide tips on what you can do about it.


Signs of Cheap Windows 

Identifying signs of cheap windows is crucial for homeowners looking to improve their comfort, energy efficiency, and overall living experience. Cheap windows can manifest in various ways, from condensation buildup to drafts and operational difficulties- 

  • Condensation Buildup: Low-quality windows may lack proper insulation, leading to condensation on the glass, which can contribute to mold growth and poor indoor air quality.
  • Drafts and Air Leaks: Cheap windows often have poor seals, allowing drafts and air leaks that can affect comfort and increase energy bills.
  • Difficulty Operating: Inferior hardware or installation can make windows hard to open or close, posing convenience and safety issues.
  • Single-Pane Glass: These types of windows may use single-pane glass, providing minimal insulation and noise reduction compared to double or triple-pane glass.
  • Flimsy Frames: Frames made from low-quality materials like thin aluminum or vinyl can warp, crack, or lose shape over time, compromising performance.
  • Lack of Energy Efficiency Labels: Reputable manufacturers provide energy efficiency labels and certifications like ENERGY STAR; the absence of these indicates a potential lack of energy efficiency.


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What Can You Do About It?  

Now that you’re aware of the signs indicating cheap windows, it’s time to take action. Here, we’ll discuss actionable steps you can take to address these issues and improve your home’s comfort and efficiency. 

1. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows  

Consider replacing your cheap windows with energy-efficient ones. Look for windows with double or triple-pane glass, low-emissivity coatings, and insulated frames.

Energy-Efficient Window Features:

Feature Benefits
Double or Triple Panes Better insulation and noise reduction
Low-E Coatings Reflects heat while allowing light to pass through
Insulated Frames Minimizes heat transfer and improves durability

2. Seal and Insulate   

If replacing your windows isn’t an immediate option, focus on sealing and insulating your existing windows. Use weatherstripping to seal gaps and cracks around the frames and apply insulating window films or curtains to improve thermal performance. 

Quick Tips for Sealing Windows:

  • Use silicone or latex caulk to seal gaps around window frames.
  • Install draft stoppers or weatherstripping on movable parts.
  • Use heavy-duty curtains or blinds to block drafts and sunlight.

3. Upgrade Hardware    

Sometimes, the issues with cheap windows stem from inferior hardware like handles, hinges, and locks. Consider upgrading these components to improve functionality and security. 

Upgraded Hardware Benefits: 

  • Smooth operation and easy maintenance. 
  • Enhanced security features for peace of mind. 
  • Improved aesthetics and functionality.

4. Professional Inspection and Maintenance    

Schedule a professional inspection of your windows to identify any underlying issues or damage. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning tracks, lubricating moving parts, and replacing worn-out seals, can prolong the life of your windows and prevent costly repairs. 

Maintenance Checklist:  

  • Clean window tracks and sills regularly.  
  • Lubricate hinges, tracks, and locks with silicone-based lubricant.
  • Check and replace worn weatherstripping or seals. 

5. Invest in Quality Installation     

Even the best windows won’t perform optimally if they’re not installed correctly. Hire experienced professionals for window installation to ensure proper sealing, alignment, and insulation.  

Benefits of Professional Installation:  

  • Proper sealing to prevent air leaks and moisture buildup. 
  • Correct alignment for smooth operation and durability. 
  • Warranty coverage and peace of mind.

Why Quality Matters   

Investing in high-quality windows is essential for several reasons: 

  • Energy Savings: Properly insulated windows can reduce energy costs. 
  • Comfort: Quality windows maintain consistent indoor temperatures. 
  • Durability: They last longer and require fewer repairs or replacements. 
  • Aesthetics: Enhance the overall appearance of your home. 

Tips for Assessing Window Quality

By understanding what to look for and how to evaluate window features, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions about window upgrades or replacements. So, here are some valuable tips and guidelines to help you accurately assess the quality of your windows.

1. Check the Frame Material

  • Vinyl and fiberglass frames are durable and low-maintenance.
  • Avoid less energy-efficient aluminum frames.

2. Examine the Glass 

  • Double or triple-pane glass provides better insulation.
  • Low-E coatings and gas fills enhance energy efficiency. 

3. Evaluate the Installation 

  • Proper installation is crucial for performance. 
  • Look for signs of gaps or leaks around the window frame. 

Comparing Window Prices  

It’s important to note that higher prices don’t always guarantee quality. Look at the below to understand different price ranges and what they may indicate: 

Price Range Quality Indication
Low Likely made with cheap materials
Medium Average quality, decent performance
High Premium materials, superior performance 

Upgrade to Quality Windows Today!

So, identifying signs of cheap windows is the first step towards improving your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. At Norden Seal, we understand the importance of high-quality windows in creating a comfortable and energy-efficient home.

Our range of energy-efficient windows with double or triple-pane glass, low-E coatings, and insulated frames can significantly improve your home’s performance. Don’t compromise on window quality. Take action today!


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