When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, consider these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior character of your
North Carolina area home.
- The windows you pick can make a positive
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The quality of your windows can have a significant
impact on the long-term value of your North Carolina area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.
What areas should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your North Carolina home?
- What do they look
Consider the fact that your
family and guests are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s décor? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t forget to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the look of your North Carolina
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Specifics to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling expenses and make the
most of your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to test operating any
window before you settle on one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? The installation of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves
a third-party contractor. If you are using the
services of contractor, it may be smart to
inquire about installation price and included services prior to ordering your
- How easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the North Carolina area varies often. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have
a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality
windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your North Carolina home. Some window
companies offer limited exterior color options. Identify what color schemes are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Also, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
much does a quality window cost? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The lowest
priced windows may not be your best buy.
Windows are an investment in your property. The type of window you
select should be based more on performance than on price.
We urge you to visit Pella at the North Carolina area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 866-539-4196.