When purchasing windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, consider these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior appearance of your
Springfield area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a drastic
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The construction of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the overall value of your Springfield area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and love the pleasure of looking through your new windows for many years.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Springfield home?
- What do they look
Don’t forget that you are going to look through your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow
into the home? And remember to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the look of your Springfield
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the data
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Topics 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. Identify your estimated energy savings before
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close any
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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or requires
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 Springfield area varies often. The appearance of your windows can be impacted negatively by wind, sun,
rain and snow. 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 color
and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Springfield home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Don’t
forget, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- How much will you pay? 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Springfield area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 217-793-0550.