When purchasing windows for your remodeling 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 appearance of your
Wilmington area home.
- Your window choice can make a drastic
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The construction of your windows can have a significant
impact on the overall value of your Wilmington area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Wilmington home?
- What do they look
Consider the fact that your
family and guests are going to look through your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Observe your current windows or opening
from inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s interior? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t forget to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the fascia of your Wilmington
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Understand the facts
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 grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check your estimated energy savings before
you purchase a window to help bring
down heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to test operating a
window before you settle on one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Can the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? Installation
of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves
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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Wilmington area changes often. Outdoor elements such as wind, rain and
snow can impact the appearance of your 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 options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Wilmington home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color options. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows
you are considering. 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 least expensive 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 Wilmington area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 910-218-9596.