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:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Westerly area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- 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
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the statistics
relating to your windows that impact their energy
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
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
- 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
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
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
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.