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The Disadvantages of Buying Off-the-Shelf Windows

Buying off-the-shelf windows is cheap and convenient. With plenty of options to choose from, you can purchase new units without breaking the bank and have them delivered in no time.

Buying Off-the-Shelf Windows

While it seems attractive, picking stock products for your window replacement project isn’t wise. The state may not have licensing requirements for window installers, but it’s better to hire an experienced contractor to custom-build and install your new units. Any reputable windows company, including Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta, would attest that off-the-shelf products come with these disadvantages:

Questionable Performance

Hardware centers that sell stock windows target low-cost property builders looking for cheap products–not discerning homeowners that value high quality. Store-bought units don’t cost that much because they don’t feature innovative components for excellent energy efficiency, security and beauty. This is why it’s not uncommon for them to fail quickly.

Compared with made-to-order replacement windows, off-the-shelf products generally come with inferior warranty protection. When incorrectly installed, their guarantee would most likely be voided too.

Inadequate Size

Stock products are built in standard sizes, not for specific openings. If you buy something too large for your home, certain adjustments would be necessary. When this is the case, you’d have to make your wall openings larger, potentially damaging your drywall, siding, and paint. If they’re too small, you might not get a refund or an exchange product due to store policy.

Furthermore, installing new windows without proper knowledge of the latest building requirements can be costly. If your off-the-shelf units don’t lend themselves for egress and ingress, the government might force you to redo the project, causing you more trouble.

Time-Consuming Installation

Any experienced windows contractor would say that DIY window installation is doable but disruptive. This isn’t something you should DIY either. Whether you choose to hire a professional installer or not, the window installation job would take a longer time and produce a lot of mess.

Make your window replacement simple and hassle-free. More than just custom-building new windows, Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta will provide you sound design advice and the personal touch. We also offer flexible financing options to make your expenses more manageable. To get your project started, call us at (888) 908-3332 or fill out our contact form to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation. We serve homes in Marietta, GA, and many nearby areas.


"Awesome job! Everything was completed as communicated. Everyone was very courteous and friendly. Other contractors should follow the Renewal by Andersen footprint."

Richard & Camille, Lawrenceville GA January 22
May 25, 2016

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