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What to Watch Out for When Shopping for Replacement Windows

Posted April 16, 2020

When shopping for replacement windows, you’ll come across many different salespeople. If you’re not careful, you could be persuaded into buying windows that do not solve your current problem. So, our best advice to avoid this potential situation is to come to the store being solution focused. If you are not, you may not get the window solution that will solve the problem you are trying to fix. While salespeople are often known to be pushy, windows aren’t something you want to be oversold on. They are an investment in your home.

The good news is that there are many honest, helpful window sales people out there. You just have to find them! Ask for recommendations, do your research and obtain several quotes. In the meantime, here are the things you should watch out for when shopping for Andersen windows.

Asking you to sign up immediately for the best pricing.

It’s a major red flag when someone puts you on the spot to lock in the best pricing. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the neighborhood, just got off the phone with their manager or are running some so-called deal. Nothing happens in the window business on a daily or weekly basis. In fact, windows have only gone up by $8-$10 in 2 years.

Bottom line: You should never have to sign up immediately to get the best deal. This is a sure sign that it’s NOT the best deal.

Special discounts when signing up during your free estimate.

Another window sales tactic you’ll want to watch out for is receiving a discount or rebate when signing up during your free estimate. Again, this is a trick to make you feel like you’re going to miss out. Of course, it’s an illusion. If the salesperson is telling you things like, “The rebate ends today or is only good for one week,” don’t be sold on it. Get your estimates, do your research and take your time before making a decision.

Buy 2, get 1 free window deals.

This deal looks attractive. But, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Basically, these deals instill a sense of urgency. This way, you’ll buy your windows now instead of later. However, the reality behind these deals is that many window companies operate on hugely inflated starting prices. Sure, you’ll get a window for “free,” but you’re paying for it. Do the math and break down the prices to know for sure.

Lacks knowledge on how the windows will look and perform in your home.

Aside from money tactics, you also want to test the salesperson’s knowledge. They are the professionals, therefore, they should be able to tell you exactly how the windows will look in your home. So, ask questions. Lots of them! This is a big investment that you should feel confident about.

For example, some window companies sell insert-only replacement windows, which means you have to give up glass size. And, there’s no guarantee that they will solve your draft issues. Woodhaven is a company that sells full-frame replacement windows. We can help you choose the perfect fit with the brands, styles, colors, materials and hardware we carry.


As you can see, there are many strategies that window companies use to get you to sign on the dotted line. At Woodhaven, we’ll never fool you into signing anything before you’re ready. We want our customers to be informed, which is why we’ll present you with the information and let you be the judge! We offer both full frame replacements as well as pocket replacements, and our recommendations are always based on the proper solution to the current concerns, situations, and budget. Our estimates are free and good for 30 days.

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