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Looking for New Windows in Your Westerly, Rhode Island Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

Looking for New Windows in Your Westerly, Rhode Island Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, think about these facts:

  1. Windows can affect the interior and exterior look and feel of your Westerly area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a measureable difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a significant impact on the overall value of your Westerly area residence if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.

What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Westerly home?

  • Will my new windows look good on my house? Don’t forget that your family and guests are going to look through 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? Can light flow into the home? And remember to stand outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the overall façade of your Westerly home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the statistics relating to your windows that impact their energy efficiency. Among the issues to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values measure the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check ratings of efficiency beforehand to help bring down heating and cooling expenses and make the most of your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of your choice of window before you settle on one. Is it easy to open and close the window? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Does the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency exit in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • What is the installation process? Installation of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or calls for an independent 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 windows.
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Westerly area can be unpredictable. 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 in order for you to easily clean your windows and allow them to look great for many years to come.
  • What choices do you have for color or hardware? The color you select can reflect your style and adds to the overall appeal of your Westerly home. Some window companies offer few exterior color choices. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows you may purchase. Don’t forget, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinetry hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
  • How 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 encourage you to visit Pella at the Westerly area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 401-315-7032.

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