Posted on: 1 March 2018
Name-brand windows often have generic substitutes or knock-offs. While you certainly could replace a name-brand window with a generic copycat, it is not always a good idea. In the case of Andersen windows, for example, you should only use Andersen replacement windows. Here are some very good reasons why.
Custom-Engineered to Fit
Some name-brand windows are custom-engineered to fit. This means that even if your house is at a slant or the current window frames are oddly cut, the window company created windows to perfectly fill the space you have without additional construction to make them fit. The windows are made to fit the space, rather than making the space fit the windows.
Your Customer Information Is Kept on File
Okay, so your order consisted of "x" number of windows in various sizes. The original company that installed your windows kept your customer profile on record. It is not to sell you more windows you do not need. Rather, if you break one of the new windows in the near future, you only have to call the manufacturer, tell them which window it is, and the company can look it up in your file. They automatically generate an order for that specific window and have it shipped to your home to replace the broken one.
Generic Copycats Will Not Fit the Same
Sure, you want to go cheaper to replace a window, but a generic copycat window will not fit the same. Remember how these windows in your home were custom-engineered to fit? A generic copy is only measured for standard size. It may fit the open space, but will not properly mesh with connecting windows or even with the window frame you have, resulting in gaps and awkward installation. In turn, this results in loss of heat or A/C and loss of energy dollars.
You Have Two Options Here
Either you can use a name-brand replacement window so that it fits with your other name-brand windows, or you remove ALL of the name-brand windows and replace them with the generic copies. Mixing and matching these windows is not a good idea, as they just will not look the same or fit the same. When you size up the expense of removing three adjacent windows to replace them with generic copies versus just purchasing the single name-brand replacement window, it is clear to see what your economically sound choice is.Share