Written on November 1, 2010 by rpappalardo
Choosing a replacement window manufacturer and installer is an enormous decision for any homeowner to make. Luckily, there are a variety of websites which provide unbiased replacement window reviews aimed at diligent consumers. However – buyer beware! There are also a wealth of very biased resources out there, aimed instead at promoting a specific brand under the guise of objectivity or capturing and selling leads. It can be very difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate and marketing website which adds to the confusion and indecision surrounding such an important selection process.
Replacement Window Review Sites
The following is a list of some of the most objective replacement window review resources available.
“BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We accomplish this by: Creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior”
The official website of the Better Business Bureau represents one of the oldest and highly regarded sources for objective consumer information. The extent of available materials is impressive and companies can be researched via name, country, zip code and industry. If a replacement window manufacturer or other home improvement-related company has been accepted as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, consumers can rest assured they’re doing business with a reputable firm and their due diligence will be rewarded.
The data available on GuildQuality.com is collected from actual customer satisfaction reviews, fully ensuring they are worthy of trust. In addition to window products, the site provides insight into the installation crews, communication, safety and many other related factors. A great source of straightforward information for the homeowner.
“Created by individuals interested in creating a place for consumers and professionals to visit and interact in the hopes that information could be shared. The purchase of replacement windows can be a very large expenditure that the average home owner will endure only once.”
This site is driven by user-submitted replacement window reviews and this format has its pros and cons. Pros include variety, objectivity and real consumer testimonials. The biggest con would be the ability of spammers to submit phony or biased reviews – however the site’s administration seem do an excellent job of telling the difference between the honest and the “spin”. We highly recommend this resource.
“ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”
A government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency, EnergyStar.gov has also set the industry standard with their universal rating. You won’t find any reviews, but products worthy of their seal of approval will always be a good home investment, and consumers should always check here before deciding upon a replacement window company for their property.
“Efficient Windows Collaborative members have made a commitment to manufacture and promote energy-efficient windows. This site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.”
All the technical details of NFRC.org coupled with easy to follow guides and fact sheets aimed at first-time homeowners who may need just a little extra guidance. The site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows (for both the environment and your wallet), descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.
“Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.”
One of the most established and popular consumer-centric sites around, ConsumerReports.org offers a dedicated “Home Window” section which includes both internal and user-submitted reviews. A great collection of helpful information on windows and many other home improvement-related products. This site is considered by many to be the standard in consumer research and should definitely be one of the first stops of any research effort.
Even though NEWPRO may not rank in the top spot on every list, we sincerely hope that these resources will assist your selection process. Here at NEWPRO we believe that due diligence and a high comfort level are of the utmost importance for homeowners and consumers when making an investment of this sort. We sincerely hope this collection of objective window reviews has been helpful and we invite you to leave any questions, comments or to recommend an additional site in the comments below.