Why You Shouldn’t Settle for Builder Grade Windows

“Builder grade” windows are a common feature in homes in the New Jersey and New York Metro area. While they are often used because they are inexpensive for the builder, these lackluster windows come with a variety of issues that can negatively impact everything from your comfort to your home’s energy efficiency.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro sells high quality windows that present major improvements over the builder grade style windows. As you consider whether to replace your home’s windows, here’s what to consider.

What Are Builder Grade Windows?

Builder grade windows are the basic windows installed in a home during its construction. These windows are serviceable, at least at first, but not high quality. They’re the most basic type of windows offered by mid-grade brands, installed by home builders who want to keep their costs low and their bids competitive.

Builder grade windows can be found in new construction homes and in older homes that haven’t been updated recently. In their first years, builder grade windows may work well enough, but as the windows age, they can start to experience maintenance problems of many kinds.

Why You Shouldn’t Settle for Builder Grade Windows

Builder grade windows can develop maintenance problems over time. Here’s what to expect:

  • Poor insulation and energy efficiency. Builder grade windows may not feature the most modern innovations in window construction, like low-e glass and composite wood window frames.
  • Condensation. Condensation can develop on your home’s windows when the temperature outside and the temperature inside are at opposite extremes. High quality windows are unlikely to have this problem because they’re well insulated from these temperature fluctuations.
  • Difficult to open or close. Often, builder grade windows are difficult to operate, and this problem only becomes worse as the windows age.
  • Don’t meet your aesthetic needs. Builder grade windows aren’t designed to look beautiful – they’re just designed to be serviceable. If you have high hopes for your home’s windows, builder grade windows can be a let-down.

If your builder grade windows are older, these problems will only be exacerbated. After 10 or more (or less) years, you’ll likely be ready for a window replacement. You’d be amazed at the difference that high quality windows can make.

Tired of Builder Grade Windows? Contact Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro

Builder grade windows are a common installation in homes around New Jersey and the New York Metro area, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right windows for your home. Renewal by Andersen windows are made from the best quality materials and energy efficient, high-performance low-E4 glass. Call Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro today to find out what a difference high quality, high-performance windows can make in your house. Call today to make an appointment, 888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page.


Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement WindowsClick Here to Download Now!


  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
Previous Article4 Great Benefits of Black Window Frames for NY Homeowners Next ArticleA Guide to Choosing the Right Window Size