Buying new or replacement windows can be a huge and often frightening proposition. There are so many choices out there, and the average homeowner may be afraid of making a mistake that they will have to live with for years afterward. But the decision does not have to be a frightening one. In the harsh Northeast, where the summers are just as brutal on windows as the winters. Here we’ll discuss 2 options that the homeowner can choose.
Those options are Andersen 400 Windows and Harvey Majesty Windows. None of this is to say that there are not differences between the products of the two companies or that the product from one company might not be slightly more suitable to a particular situation. So let us look at a few specifics.
An internal comparison survey was conducted by the United Home Experts team. We provide siding, roofing, window and door replacement services throughout eastern New England. Unbiased opinions were retrieved based on our individual experience using the products. The ratings provided are opinion based and not the result of lab testing or product specification examination.This article is intended merely to provide information to New England homeowners.
A warranty tells a homeowner how strongly a manufacturer believes in its own product. The longer a warranty, the more faith a manufacturer has in its product. Obviously no manufacturer wants a homeowner to collect on a warranty, so manufacturers go to great lengths to make certain their product exceeds the terms of the warranty. This is great for the homeowner. The warranties of the Andersen 400 Windows and the Harvey Majesty Windows are very comparable. The Andersen windows are double-insulated with a 20-year warranty on the glass and a 10-year warranty on all other parts. The Harvey product is also double-insulated with the exact same 20-year warranty on glass and 10 years on all other parts.
Warranties for both companies are transferable to a new owner should a homeowner sell before the warranty period is up”a terrific plus for a buyer, and one that could well aid in the sale of a home.
Andersen Windows allows customers to choose from a number of different types of glass, including Low-E4 tempered glass, which reduces water spots on the glass by up to 99%, or Low-E4 Smartsun tempered glass, which filters out up to 95% of all harmful UV rays. All Low-E4 glass helps reduce energy consumption in a home. Andersen’s option of Low-E4 Glass may be a deciding factor for some purchasers.
The Harvey Majesty product comes in a wide choice of shapes: ellipsis, trapezoid, round top and more. If the homeowner requires specialized shapes for windows or glass, Harvey windows might be a good place to start. Both the upper and lower sash tilts in for easy cleaning, and the tilting mechanism never needs adjusting. Harvey Windows are available in both pine and oak frames for easy staining or painting.
The Andersen window also tilts in for easy cleaning and the frames are customizable for non-standard window sizes, ideal for replacements in an historical home. Anderson also offers a virtually invisible screen to keep insects out in the summer. The Andersen line offers a rich wood interior that can be stained or painted to match the owner’s d(C)cor, and all Andersen products feature a low-maintenance exterior frame. Andersen windows are also cleverly designed for fast installation with almost no disruption to any existing frame or siding.
For maximum warranty protection it is advisable that window experts such as United Home Experts are consulted and employed for any home remodel of this importance. Allowing outside experts to help in choosing the right windows for a particular situation, as well as doing the actual installation, makes good business sense and may help insure the overall value of a home.