Shopping for replacement windows for your Michigan home is a complex process. Not only do you need to consider all the various types of windows on the market, but you also need to think long-term about what kind of window replacement warranties will apply. Ultimately, the value of the windows you buy will depend greatly on what the warranty covers and whether or not it will be transferable. Here are a few questions to ask:
How Long is Your Warranty?
Window replacement warranties vary greatly in length depending on the material used in construction. Typically aluminum and wood framed windows will have warranties for 10-15 years. Vinyl windows tend to have longer warranties in the 20-year range. Meanwhile, our Fibrex composite windows have a 20 year limited warranty on glass and 10 year limited warranties on installation and components other than glass.
What Does the Warranty Cover?
Windows are made up of many different parts, and window replacement warranties can be somewhat confusing when it comes to covering some things and not others. Usually, the construction of the window itself is covered, as well as the installation. However, some companies do not offer coverage for torn screens or broken glass caused by outside forces. The best companies in the game offer comprehensive coverage along with screen repairs when necessary.
Is Labor Covered?
In the event that you do have to make a warranty claim, you will also want to know whether or not you will have to pay for the service call or any labor time spent at your house. Many companies do include labor as long as the warranty claim was caused by the manufacturer or installer, and not by outside forces.
Is It Transferrable?
For windows that do have an extended warranty of 20+ years, you will also want to know whether or not the warranty extends to future owners of your home. When it comes time to sell, this can be a big asset. Potential buyers will be happy to know that the windows in their new home are safe for a period of time after they buy so they won’t have to worry about expensive repairs or replacements in their first year or so of ownership.
These are just four of the biggest questions you need to be asking about your window replacements. You should consider the warranty a major part of the investment that you are making into your windows and Michigan home. Renewal by Andersen is happy to answer any questions you may have about window warranties for your new Fibrex windows. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.