How Long Do Builder-Grade Windows Last?

How Long Do Builder-Grade Windows Last? Nashville TN

When you purchase a new home, you expect everything to be shiny and new and of the highest quality, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Many new-construction homes are built with what are called builder-grade windows. When you hear something referred to as “builder grade” or “contractor grade,” it typically means that it is made from less expensive, lesser-quality materials.

While they may look brand new the day you move into your home, the sad truth is that most builder- grade windows will begin to show signs of wear and tear in as little as five years. Often, the frames start to lose their shape or the hardware begins to fail and before you know it, your new home doesn’t feel so new anymore. Some builders offer upgrade options and will gladly build your home using a higher-quality window, but since this requires having to spend more money at the time of purchase, not too many homeowners opt for this.

Another reason why builder-grade windows might not last as long as higher-quality windows is that they are often installed by general contractors during construction of the home, rather than by experienced, certified window installation professionals. Although some contractors may have more experience with replacement windows than others, they may not take the necessary time to make sure the windows are squared or leveled or apply adequate caulk, flashing, or insulation to create an airtight seal against potential drafts.

High-Quality Replacement Windows from American Home Design

If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee, area and are looking for a company you can trust to properly install high-quality replacement windows that will outperform builder-grade windows in every possible way, you can turn with confidence to the team at American Home Design. Since 1977, we’ve been dedicated to helping area homeowners make their homes more beautiful, comfortable, and energy efficient, and we would love the opportunity to serve you next. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today.

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