Blog > Category Post > Posted: 2017-Jul-26, Updated: 2020-Sep-21
Builder grade windows look great when they are new, they are clean, bright and the glass is clear and bright. But fast forward 5-10 years, and you may begin to see a different story.
The terms “builder grade windows” or “contractor windows” refer to stripped-down no-frills lower-quality windows. Builders and land developers purchase these lower-end windows to trim costs so they can be more competitive. And wow! don’t they look great in a brand new house!!!
Many builders around Ottawa have used and still use builder grade windows for new home construction. These windows are typically made with standard-grade materials and components and often fall short of meeting the minimal energy-efficiency Energy Star standards. Builder grade windows typically begin to fail within 5-10 years after installation and if warranted, are usually prorated within a 10 year period.
Premium grade windows are the best windows that a window manufacturer has to offer, they typically come with twenty-year to lifetime warranties and can be customised with glass and colour options that allow the buyer to configure a window to their aesthetic and energy-efficiency requirements. To keep an already complex building process under control, very few builders offer premium custom-grade windows as an option.
If you own a house with failing builder grade windows there are only 2 options to solve your problem.
Not all premium grade windows perform at the same specifications, be sure to do your homework. Compare ratings and ask about the best options to meet your requirements.
Some local companies wrongly refer to their competitor’s products as builder grade windows. If you are thinking about purchasing or replacing the windows in your home, one of the best indicators that you are not buying builder’s grade windows is the warranty - if the warranty is over 20 years or a lifetime, they are more than likely “premium grade” not “builders grade” windows.
If you would like to know more, give us a call or send us a request for more information. We’d be happy to address all of your questions or concerns.