Homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements that also increase curb appeal should consider new windows. While there are many options in the market, we think Window World offers great service and even better products.
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- What Is Window World?
- Customer Reviews
- In the Community
What Is Window World?
You’ve probably heard the advertisement for the $189 window on your local radio station. Yes, Window World is the company that offers that product. Since their founding in 1995, they’ve grown to be the nation’s largest exterior improvement company.
Currently headed by CEO Tammy Whitworth, the company is still growing and sold its Fifteenth million window in February 2018. With great service and affordable windows, customers aren’t the only ones taking notice.
Rachel Rothman writes of the accomplishment, “We were impressed with the large variety of designs that Window World’s windows and Therma-Tru doors offers, providing consumers with a wide range of options…”
Alright, enough about the awards – you want to know about the products that have made those accolades possible! We’ve broken down Window World’s energy-efficient options below:
Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows are Window World’s best-selling option. Why? They are simple, meaning they are cost effective, and also look good on any style of architecture.
These are not only energy efficient, but also allow a window a/c unit to be installed when the bottom panel is slid upward. Many rental homes I’ve managed have these types of windows for these reasons.
Anyone who’s lived in a Midwest attic dormer knows the benefit of adding a window a/c in the Summer. And what better way to do it than to install a double-hung window?
Sliding windows are popular among Window World locations in the west due to their contemporary styling and low cost. Most have multiple panels (both of which slide) and because of their design, easily stay open, unlike some double-hung models that wear out over time.
Casement and Awning Windows
Slimline frames maximize glass area to keep the focus on the outdoors and offer ample ventilation with large window openings. Awning windows use a crank system to pivot on top-mounted stainless steel hinges. Casement windows use fold-in handles and open out from the side.
Classic Craft Entry Doors
These high-end entry doors feature solid wood edges, embossed details, and wide center panels. AccuGrain technology that creates the look of wood in a fiberglass shell for superior performance.
Timeless design takes center stage on these Amarr Classica Garage Doors, which are made from durable steel. Woodgrain finishes add style while an optional insulating layer offers climate control and energy efficiency on replacement doors.
Sliding Patio Doors
Bring more natural light into your home with these sliding patio doors, which offer easy entry and contemporary styling. Premium vinyl is available in various colors so you’ll never need to paint.
If you’re still unsure which design is best for your home, Window World offers a Window Design Center. This lets you search through all the options available.
The software lets you visualize how Window World products will look on your home. Simply upload a picture of your home and experiment with the company’s many options of windows as well as vinyl siding and doors.
Energy Efficient Windows
The other financial factor to consider is the energy savings from the replacement windows. Why are they so energy efficient?
- Special insulated spacer systems block more heat than a traditional block spacer.
- Windows use Low-E technology, which is created by applying a special metallic coating to the glass itself. Because all surfaces absorb and reflect heat, this coating reduces the amount solar rays that are absorbed, thereby reducing heat transfer.
- Argon fills the space between the glass panes. This not only reduces frost and condensation, but also extends window life because it does not expand or contract like other gasses.
Window World’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee
Window World offers a limited lifetime guarantee on every product it sells. As long as the original buyer of the windows lives in the home, the windows and patio doors are covered for:
- Vinyl parts — Vinyl components won’t peel or fall apart, as they often times do when left to sit in the sun.
- Insulated glass — The seal between the panes won’t fail. Often times, you’ll see moisture collect between the panes of insulated windows, which results in a foggy look. Foggy windows are replaced free of charge.
- Glass breakage — Even if you accidentally break the window pane, you’re provided with a piece of glass to replace it. Please keep in mind storm damage and other “acts of God” are excluded from this, and labor is not included.
- Mechanical parts — Any defective locks, balances and vent stops will be replaced free of charge.
- Labor — Any labor needed to replace/fix any of the aforementioned items are covered (with the exception of the glass breakage).
While the warranty covers the original owner, the buyer of the home is also covered by paying a transfer fee and notifying Window World within 30 days of purchasing.
How to Order Windows
- Schedule a consultation — Reach out to your local rep (there is a store locator on www.windowworld.com), who will come to you for a no-pressure consultation.
- Apply for financing — The Window World Credit Card program offers financing options on a wide array or products. This way, you can break your renovation into monthly payments. Do this online or during your consultation.
- Make a decision — Choose from countless combinations of exterior solutions and place your order.
- Wait patiently — Wait 4-6 weeks for your products to arrive and set up an installation date.
- Prepare your home — Take down existing window treatments and turnoff security sensors. Installation will take about 30 minutes for each window, so plan accordingly.
Window World Pricing
It’s hard to say exactly how much your window replacement will cost. Window World offers competitive pricing, but each quote varies by home, as some are more complex than others.
Additionally, most locations are franchised, meaning prices may vary by franchise owner and market. For example, if a technician needs to take off 6″ of metal siding while standing on a 20-foot ladder, your quote will be fairly high. Our local Window World sales rep told us”
The average cost of a standard double-hung model is between $450 and $500. Although much higher than advertised, this model likely includes thermal panes and a high-quality vinyl frame.
It’s unlikely the company can make any money selling a low-priced window. Speaking of that, the $189 window was an offer that was made when the company started, and they still advertise it.
While some locations do offer this price, it’s either a low-quality or standard-sized window in extremely high volumes. Keep in mind that if you do snag this offer, it’ll be an un-insulated model made of cheap vinyl. As we said before, each quote varies by home.
Tip: Window World also offers financing options through Wells Fargo, allowing you to make affordable monthly payments.
What Customers Are Saying
I believe the best way to complete a well-rounded review is to list examples of both good and bad reviews. After all, every company has its weaknesses, and we think it’s only fair to highlight them.
Redditor x5X1J says, “…A coworker of mine got windows from Window World for about $300 per window, she likes them, she says “they’re just windows, what more do you need.”‘
On the other hand, smc773 writes, “I’ve heard a surprisingly high amount of good things about Window World. Supposedly the windows are good and made by some company in NC. The install quality seems to be the crapshoot.”
Each user brings up a valid point. While acquaintances of mine have used the company with good results, make sure you double-check the work. Sub-contractors are reportedly paid by window installed, so their main goal is to get the job done.
While we’ve been unable to confirm this claim, it’s not an uncommon practice in the home improvement industry, so make sure to double-check the work to make sure everything looks up to par. After all, there’s a warranty for a reason, so they’ll make it right if you find something is amiss.
Window World in the Community
It’s no surprise that a company with great success would give back to the community that made such growth possible.
Window World Cares was founded in 2008 with a specific goal of raising money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since its founding, more than $9.75 million has been raised through a variety of ways.
Should You Buy from Window World?
If you are looking for extremely high-quality windows that will look good in a million-dollar home, you should look into Pella or Renewal by Andersen, as they have extremely expensive and higher-end options.
However, if you are seeking a great window from a company consistently recognized for its products and service, look no further than Window World.