Spend More, Get Less…Frame Profile, that is.
We know, it sounds bizarre! Why would anyone want to spend more of their hard-earned money to get less of anything? Watch as Jeff Ludy, owner of Houston Window Experts demonstrates how spending a little more on Amsco Restoration windows for your Houston window replacement project is EXACTLY what you want to do.
Amsco Restoration VS Standard Frame Windows
Vinyl windows like the Amsco Restoration may be the best bang for the buck when it comes to replacing your windows. Since it is a softer material; you need a lot more of it in order to get the strength required to build a window.
Remember that when you replace your windows, you are likely upgrading from single pane windows to new double pane windows. A new double pane window will have twice as much glass. If it’s a premium quality window that glass will probably be twice as thick as the glass you are replacing.
Since the new vinyl windows, you are using have to accommodate a lot more weight, and since vinyl is a softer material than aluminum or wood, there is going to be a problem with that window down the road if the frame is not strong enough to support the new, heavier glass.
This has created a real challenge for the vinyl window makers. In order to meet the strength requirements needed, most have created really thick window frames that tend to stand out.
We hear Houston homeowners tell us that they did not realize how ugly their windows were going to be or they never would have replaced them. (Not our clients, of course)
Bigger, not better
When a window company’s salesperson shows you a sample window he will focus most of his time on how wonderful the glass is, neglecting to address the thickness of the frame. If they do get asked about the frame size, they typically blame it on the small size of the sample. They promise that once your windows arrive they will not look so chunky because of the size of the opening.
While that is partially true, you have to remember that most every home has large and small windows. It is important to ask about the glass space on the smallest of windows and make sure you are happy about the outcome before you spend your hard-earned money.
Don’t forget that many homes have that one little skinny window near the front door. That window is usually about 11.5″ wide. If your window frame is 3″ wide you end up with 6″ of frame and a mere 5.5″ of glass. It ends up looking like a prison window.
Are Restoration Windows As Good?
So, how does a narrow Amsco Restoration window compare to a standard window? Many manufacturers do not make a narrow frame window because they do not have the quality of vinyl ingredients necessary to make on. You see; in order for a narrow framed vinyl window to be as strong as a traditional window, it will need to have thicker gauge vinyl. It will also need to be made from stronger materials; in order to satisfy the requirements for safety, durability, and performance.
Windows that are sold in the United States must be subjected to third-party testing in order to make certain performance and structural claims. In the window industry, windows are tested by AAMA for strength and by NFRC for efficiency.
In order for a narrow frame of the Amsco Restoration window to pass the test; it has to be made from a better grade of vinyl and from a thicker wall gauge to pass. That is why you only find that premium window manufacturers offer a narrow frame window.
They cost more to make, they are made from better materials and they use better ingredients. That is why a narrow frame window will cost more than a standard window frame.
That is why we say that you should pay more and get less! And no one is doing it better than Amsco with the Restoration Series.
How Much More Does An Amsco Restoration Window Cost?
First we must address the cost for vinyl windows in general. Even within the standard chunky frame windows there are a lot of variables. Just because a window looks like another window does not mean that it will be the same price.
I like to use the example of buying a TV at Best Buy. If you decide that a 50″ Tv is the size you need, you will soon realize that there are 50″ TVs ranging from $199 up to $3000! How can that be? Aren’t they all 50″ TVs?
The difference is usually very obvious when you see a $199 TV right next to a $3000 TV. It is not so obvious if you looked at one tonight. Then looked at the other one next week. You’ve likely forgotten how much better the $3000 model performed. And you may not be able to appreciate the benefits of spending more money.
The same is true for a 50″ window. If you see one today and another one next week, you may not be able to adequately appreciate the differences and the benefits of one product over another. If you take the most common size window in Houston it would be 36″ x 60″. You will find that junk windows, the kind you would use in a rental or flip house, would cost about $400 each plus labor.
Amsco Restoration for a few dollars more
A premium window that is made in custom sizes for your project can cost closer to about $600. If that same window offers accidental glass breakage replacement coverage, a transferable lifetime warranty that includes labor costs, and is made from premium vinyl from a reputable manufacturer, it will be closer to $700.
An Amsco Restoration with all the same benefits would only cost about 5% more. If you are going to spend $700 for a window; why not spend $30-$40 more to get a beautiful, narrow frame.
With the Amsco Restoration you get less plastic and more glass. More glass means a better view and a much more attractive home. I think it is worth the extra 5%!
So, Why Pay More To Get Less?
The bottom line is that for just 5% more you can get about 50% less plastic and a lot more glass and a beautiful home. This is a no-brainer for any homeowner trying to decide on which window to buy.
The Amsco Restoration comes in several colors to choose from. They also come in just about any size and every window type (single-hung, double-hung, horizontal slider, casement, awning, and picture) for any home or project. We invite you to visit our beautiful showroom at 467 W. 38th Street. Or invite us to your home and we demonstrate all of the features of the beautiful Restoration line from Amsco.
When we say you will get less, we ONLY mean less frame. Trust us, everything else you get from us will be far more than what you expected. With over 50,000 windows installed in Houston, we are Houston’s most trusted and best-reviewed window and door installation company. We offer free, in-home estimates with one of our Product Specialists.
Whether or not the Amsco Restoration Series is right for you, all or complete the form today so we can discuss the specifics of your project. No pressure, no hassles, and a whole lot of integrity is what you will find at Houston Window Experts.