If a cheaper product has to be replaced twice as much as a higher quality, more expensive product…is it really cheaper? With quality products that may cost more, there usually comes a helpful feature that protects your investment and keeps the long-term costs down: warranties.
What are Warranties For?
Warranties protect your hard-earned money by guaranteeing that the product you bought will last for a certain time period. If the product does not work properly, then the manufacturer is liable to repair or replace it at no additional cost. This may include free labor as well.
Window and Door Warranties: Things to Check
Quality products often have warranties, but a warranty does not guarantee that the product is high quality. Many manufacturers offer a warranty, but it is important to understand the scope of the warranty.
So, how do you know if a warranty adds value to your purchase and investment? First, check the validity period. Manufacturers that are confident with the quality of their products will offer warranties that are valid for up to 20 years. They offer high-quality windows and doors so their products will rarely fail after a few years of use. Should yours fail due to a product defect within the warranty period, your window or door manufacturer will address the issue without question.
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Next, look at coverage and conditions. Keep in mind that warranties will vary so don’t expect terms to be exactly the same across manufacturers. You may spot similarities but manufacturers typically introduce terms only they can offer to give them an edge over others in the market.
Last, take note of exceptions. Warranties also outline situations where the warranty can be rendered void. Understanding these situations will help set your expectations and fully evaluate the value of the warranty. These can cover misuse, negligence on the use of the product, accidents, or unexpected wear and tear.
Example: The Renewal by Andersen Warranty
If you’re interested in finding out what a warranty from a quality manufacturer looks like, then here’s one from Renewal by Andersen (RbA). RbA is one of the top manufacturers of high quality windows and doors, particularly known for its unique and durable Fibrex framing material.
One of the first aspects of an RbA warranty that you should be aware of is that the warranty is transferable. This means that if the home is sold during the warranty period, the new owners can still make use of the warranty if needed. This is particularly helpful because it means even new homeowners can take advantage of an RbA warranty without actually getting new windows. Do take note, however, that transferring warranties also comes with its own terms. Keep these in mind to ensure you can transfer warranties without difficulty.
RbA warranties offer up to 20 years of coverage on Fibrex frames and glass, protecting against flaking, rusting, blistering, peeling, cracking, corroding, and rotting windows with normal use. Other window and door components, on the other hand, such as finishes, weathering strips, insect screens, handles, hinges, balance systems, lifts, and locks, are only covered for up to 10 years.
Perhaps the best aspect of an RbA warranty, however, is that it carries lifetime coverage for labor or installation when a window or door is installed by a certified contractor. This means if a problem arises, you can take advantage of free labor or installation if your window or door was installed by an RbA contractor. Fortunately, there are numerous contractors certified by RbA so you’re sure to find one servicing your area.
Warranties are indeed an important part of any significant purchase or investment, so make sure you understand the depth and overall value of a warranty. If something in your window or door warranty confuses you, don’t hesitate to let your contractor know and ask as many questions as you like. Any trusted contractor will be more than happy to discuss warranty terms with you and ensure all your questions are addressed.