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Story sponsored by Royal Exteriors. Thinking of replacing your old drafty windows.

Thinking of replacing your old drafty windows.Confused about triple pane windows vs double pane windows.

Is triple pane worth the extra cost?

Energy Efficiency

Low-E (low emissivity) is a multi-layer coating on the glass that reflects heat. But not all Low-E is created equal. The amount of heat reflected is shown in two ratings. The U-Factor is a rating of heat reflected back into your home (winter) and the SHGC is a rating of heat reflected away from your home (summer). These Energy Performance Ratings are indicated on a NFRC label attached to the window. You want to see these numbers as low as possible, the lower the number the more energy efficient the window. Always ask for the U-Factor ratings. Many companies sell double pane windows with a U-Factor range of .30 -.35. Triple pane windows with TG2 heat reflective Low-E glass have a U-Factor range of .19 -.25! Triple pane can be more energy efficient and could save you even more money on your heating & cooling cost than most double pane.

1) Both home for presentation:

If a company requires that all homeowners be present during the sales call, chances are you are in for a long high-pressure buy

now sales pitch. Companies know a decision won't be made that day without all homeowners present.

2) Start high then negotiate:

Some companies start high (extremely high) then offer big discounts such as buy

today, BOGO, free installation, participate in some advertising program, 0% financing, etc. Nothings free! It's all built

into the final "sale price" offered. No matter how big the discounts or how good

a negotiator you think you are, even if you get ½ off the "regular price" you still could

be paying up to 50% more than you need to pay for high quality energy efficient

windows and patio doors.

3) Custom sizes:

You might be told your windows will require custom sizes and that affects the price. Most

all windows are custom sized and should not affect pricing.

4) Door to Door appointments:

Companies that use door to door appointment setters are often the most expensive and may use high pressure buy now sales tactics.

5) Deposit required:

Never give a deposit. Don't pay anything for your windows until they are installed and the

job is complete.

Noise Reduction:

Even today's double pane technology blocks more noise than older double panes. Triple pane windows with the extra layer of glass blocks even more noise that most

double panes. Triple panes are not sound proof, but the difference between double

pane and triple pane can be significant.

Cost Factor:

Built into the cost a company sells their windows is the cost of overhead. Many companies have salesman, sales

managers and warehouse managers, warehouse and showroom rents, office staff,

insurance, utilities, advertising cost and more. All this adds up to the overhead cost they need to include in the price of

their windows. A triple pane upgrade could be as much as 25% more expensive

than double pane. Many companies will try to convince you that triple pane is not worth the extra cost based on our mild Oregon climate.

But what if there was no extra cost? What if triple pane was actually less expensive than double pane?

What if a company had very little of that expensive overhead? What

if you could deal directly with the owner, no salesman? What if the owner came to your home, no showroom rents or staff cost? What if the owner did not need a warehouse or office staff? What if you could have more energy efficient & noise blocking triple pane for up to 60% less than most other company's sale prices for double pane? No more what ifs! David Thomas, owner of Royal Exteriors, has been doing just that, saving homeowners thousands on their new windows for over 13 years.

Red Flag Warnings And Salesman's Secrets

1) Both home for presentation:

If a company requires that all homeowners be present during the sales call, chances are you are in for a long high-pressure buy now sales pitch. Companies know a decision won't be made that day without all homeowners present.

2) Start high then negotiate:

Some companies start high (extremely high) then offer big discounts such as buy today, BOGO, free installation, participate in some advertising program, 0% financing, etc. Nothings free! It's all built into the final "sale price" offered. No matter how big the discounts or how good a negotiator you think you are, even if you get ½ off the "regular price" you still could be paying up to 50% more than you need to pay for high quality energy efficient windows and patio doors.

3) Custom sizes:

You might be told your windows will require custom sizes and that affects the price. Most all windows are custom sized and should not affect pricing.

4) Door to Door appointments:

Companies that use door to door appointment setters are often the most expensive and may use high pressure buy now sales tactics.

5) Deposit required:

Never give a deposit. Don't pay anything for your windows until they are installed and the job is complete.

Royal Exteriors

503-534-3748



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