When purchasing windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior appearance of your
Greenfield area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Greenfield area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be pleased with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What questions should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Greenfield home?
- What do they look
Remember that you 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; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t forget to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the look of your Greenfield
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Learn the data
relating to your windows that impact 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. Identify your estimated energy savings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling costs and receive the most value for your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you buy it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or calls for
an outside 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Greenfield area changes often. The appearance of your windows can be impacted negatively by wind, sun,
rain and snow. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Greenfield home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color choices. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you want. In addition, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
much does a quality window cost? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Greenfield area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (413) 829-0299.