We’re about to let you in on the dirty truth about builder-grade windows. We don’t mean to ruffle your feathers, but you may be in for a rude awakening. If you just purchased a brand new home in Jacksonville, you probably expect every aspect to be top-quality and perfectly installed. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case when it comes to the windows. Your new windows may look great for awhile and seem to get the job done, but prepare for the possibility of disappointment. 

Reason #1: Seal Failure

Have you begun to notice fog on your glass that you just can’t clean? This is an early sign that cheap seals were used for the windows. Once the seals begin to fail, excess moisture will penetrate your windows and blur the view. The only way to fix this is to work with a pro and install new insulated glass units. 


We hate to break it to ‘ya, but most home builders don’t know much about quality window selection at all (and they may not even care). It’s imperative to have your windows installed by a trained professional, but that isn’t always the case with new construction. Often, it’s the framer installing your windows. His sole focus is sealing up the home to secure the job site. 

Reason #2: Hardware Failure

If you try to lift your window and it won’t stay up or you can’t lock your window in place, you’re likely experiencing failing hardware. Opening and closing a window should be a seamless, one-handed task. When it becomes a burden at all, you know the windows were installed incorrectly or constructed of poor materials. 


Unfortunately, some home builders don’t allot much of your budget for high-quality windows. The burden to replace these cheap windows or individual parts falls on you as the homeowner. 

Reason #3: No Insulation 

The only way to prevent drafts and moisture is to insulate the pocket around every single window. There’s a good chance the construction workers didn’t go around and put foam insulation everywhere it needs to be. 


Additionally, the windows may not be flashed or caulked correctly. A lack of insulation is one of the main concerns Jacksonville homeowners have with their new construction. 

You Deserve Windows that Match Your Investment

You didn’t spend your hard-earned money on a brand new home to simply receive inferior windows. If you’re still in the buying process, do your due diligence to make sure you receive the best windows for your home. 
Have questions before you buy? We’re here to help. Reach out to the American Window Products team of professionals today for help navigating the world of new construction.