When shopping for windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Winston-Salem area home.
- The windows you pick can make a significant
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the overall value of your Winston-Salem area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Winston-Salem home?
- What do they look
Remember 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; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And remember to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the overall façade of your Winston-Salem
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the facts
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Topics to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values identify
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency
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 your
vehicle, it is important to open and close a
window before you buy it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Can the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds
or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either included 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Winston-Salem area can
be unpredictable. 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 selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Winston-Salem home. Some window producers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Determine what limitations 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.
- What is the price? 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 Winston-Salem area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 336-203-0704.