Are replacement windows better because they are guaranteed?
Take the time to read the fine print
What about the replacement window hype being so much better because they are guaranteed?
Big American Myth - Replacement Windows are Guaranteed? .. Many window replacement companies promise that by installing their windows, you will save 40% - 50% .. on your heating or cooling costs, guaranteed. However, if you read the fine print, you'll find that if you don't save that 40% - 50% .. the maximum amount they will refund you is $500. - GO FIGURE? So, after spending tens of thousands of dollars to replace your BiltBest windows and then experiencing little appreciable energy savings, the guarantee isn't equivalent to your investment is it?
Many windows come with "limited lifetime warrantees." Again, take the time to read the fine print. Even the better quality replacement windows limit the "lifetime" warrantee on the glass to 20 years, installation to two years, and the non-glass components to ten years.
You'll note that the "lifetime" better describes the lifetime of the product, not your lifetime or the lifetime of your home. Even more revealing is the fine print that describes what is not covered by the limited warranty. Also, notice that the warrantees are only good if the company that issued them is still in business when you need have the window replaced. Not all warrantees are transferable, or are only transferable within a certain amount of time from when the windows were installed. This means that if you purchase a house that has already had its windows replaced, your windows may no longer be covered by any warranty.