Chances are, if you’re in the market for new windows you are looking for the best value for your money. It seems like a simple enough task, but what types of windows will give you the best performance for your hard-earned dollars? Consider the advantages of custom windows.

It might be counter-intuitive to think of anything “custom” as being the most cost-effective choice. We often think the term “custom” implies high costs, well above standard prices for a product, but when it comes to windows, custom could be the cheaper option. There are some distinct advantages to having windows custom made that can save you some major time, money and effort.

Energy Efficient

Custom windows are optimized for energy efficiency. Since custom windows can be designed according to the customer’s exact specifications, the perfect efficient solution is always available. Custom windows are designed to fit exactly into any opening, making them air-tight and well-insulated. Not only is this great for the environment, it will also keep your home comfortable and save you money on your energy bills. In a climate with extreme temperatures with very hot summers or very cold winters, like Ottawa, windows can make a big difference in a home’s energy efficiency. In fact triple-glazed Energy Star glass can save a new homebuyer up to 16% of their annual energy costs.

Get the Perfect Fit

Whether you are replacing existing windows or looking for a specific size and shape for new windows, custom windows will give you the perfect fit every time. This is the right solution for replacing a dated but beloved picture window or a unique pair of narrow sash windows. Ottawa’s certified experts will work with a homeowner to establish the right style, shape and fit.

Easy to Install

An obvious advantage to custom windows, and a place where a homeowner can find significant savings, is the ease of installing windows custom-designed to fit specific openings. The initial cost of having custom windows produced can be higher than off-the-shelf models. However, take into consideration the cost of having an opening resized to fit pre-fab windows. Often the added time, labour and disruption will drive costs over and above the cost of custom.

Get the Look you Want

Custom windows allow customers to choose from a wide range of available options, such as size, shape and glass type. If you are designing a new home, you can get a completely unique look that will personalize your home and add to its value.

Failing to consider custom windows because of the perception that they are out of your price-range can cost you the look you want. In the end you could end up spending just as much money on less efficient, generic, off-the-shelf windows. Next time you’re looking into new windows, consider custom windows.