The Window Source of Mason City

1521 15th St. SW Mason City, IA 50401

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641-210-7004

Which is Better: Builder Grade or Custom Windows?

Builder-grade windows are an expensive, cost-cutting mistake for new homes. Custom windows will save you money on heating and cooling bills now and avoid replacing windows in the future.

What is the Difference between Builder Grade and Custom Windows?

Builder-grade windows look great when they are new. Fast forward 5-10 years and builder-grade windows may begin to look and perform very differently. The terms builder-grade windows and contractor windows refer to stripped-down, lower-quality windows. Builders and land developers purchase low-end windows to cut costs. Sure, brand new builder-grade windows look great in a brand new house. However, builder-grade windows fall short in meeting the minimal energy-efficiency, Energy Star standards. Additionally, they are typically made with standard-grade materials and parts. Builder-grade windows typically begin to fail within 5-10 years of installation. A builder-grade windows warranty is usually prorated within a 10 year period or is not even offered. Cutting costs with builder-grade windows in your new home now means spending more on heating & cooling costs and eventually spending more replacing the windows.

Characteristics of Builder Grade Windows:

Characteristics of Custom Windows:

Premium Grade Custom Windows

Premium-grade windows are the best windows that a window manufacturer has to offer and are custom ordered for your home. The homeowner is able to choose windows with glass and color options that match their aesthetic preferences as well as energy-efficiency requirements. The Window Source offers a lifetime warranty on custom-ordered windows.  To keep an already complex building process under control, very few builders offer premium, custom-grade windows as an option. Savvy new homeowners choose to upgrade to energy-efficient custom windows to save on heating & cooling bills and avoid replacement windows costs. Call The Window Source to learn more about the features and benefits of using high-quality windows from the start.

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

“The company to use if your needing window replacement, Fair pricing and honest fast work.”

Tom Reavis, GA

“Fantastic Company and true to their word! The crew was so professional and polite. We had our entire house of windows done and it only took 2 days. The quality of these windows are amazing and we couldn’t be happier! Don’t pay the high price that other companies want. This is the real deal!”

Jennifer Rochester, NH

“The Window Source of Tulsa was recommended to us. We received bids from three window replacement companies. Window source had the best product at the best price. The installation was on time and professional. We were kept informed through out the process. We are very pleased with the final product. About two weeks after the windows were installed I broke the outside pane of one window while mowing the yard. I contacted Window Source and told them what had happened, offering to pay for the replacement. They replaced the window free of charge. They are a pleasure to do business with.”

Alan McIntyre, OK

“Excellent service, product, and less than half the price of the other 2 estimates I had. Installer cleaned up after himself and was very professional.”

Ian Gollahon, OK

“Quality windows at an affordable price. Love our windows! Talked to several companies, but The Window Source offered top notch windows at the best price. Sales and installation crew were very nice, knowledgable and professional. They did a great job.”

M Kinser, OK