When shopping for windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, consider these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior appearance of your
Raleigh area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your Raleigh area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function choices available, you will be delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.
What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Raleigh home?
- How will my new windows look?
Consider the fact that you’re going to see your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And remember to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the overall façade of your Raleigh
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the statistics
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 grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency
ratings as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you settle on one.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy
to clean? Can 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, make sure it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either added
into 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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Raleigh 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 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? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Raleigh home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
- What is the price? Quality
windows come at a price. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Raleigh area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 919-324-0196.