According to Professional Builder magazine's 2014 Windows and Doors survey, energy efficiency, quality/performance and price are the three top considerations when builders specify windows for their new homes. Those same survey respondents value the manufacturer reputation, price and energy-efficiency when selecting doors for their new homes.
The survey, which was taken of a random sample of Professional Builder print and digital readers, also reports that vinyl windows are the frame material of choice for the majority of builders, surpassing wood, aluminum, composite, fiberglass and steel.
At Simonton Windows, the vote of confidence in vinyl is not a surprise. The company, which has been in business since 1946, has successfully supplied new construction, replacement and impact-resistant vinyl windows and doors for more than six decades.
More survey results, which were published in the magazine's April 2014 issue include:
- Double-hung, fixed picture and single-hung windows are the most popular window styles used in new construction homes. Last year casement windows were number two in the survey; they've now dropped to fourth place.
- Almost half of the respondents offer energy-efficient, high-performance windows as a standard in their new homes.
- Better-quality products, lower price point and great service really do matter. These are the top three ways that study respondents said a window supplier could get them to switch their business to them.
See Energy Efficiency Tops Homeowner Window Needs for the results to the Professional Remodeler study from this past year.