When buying 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, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Charlotte area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a drastic
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a significant
impact on the overall value of your Charlotte area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function selections available, you will be pleased with your purchase and appreciate 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 Charlotte home?
- How will my new windows look?
Consider the fact that you’re going to look through your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And remember to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the fascia of your Charlotte
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Get the facts
relating to your windows that influence 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 your estimated energy savings before
you purchase a window to help bring
down heating and cooling costs and make the
most of your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you choose one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? 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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides 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 Charlotte area varies 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 color
and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Charlotte home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color choices. Figure
out what limitations are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Also, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
much does a quality window cost? Quality
windows come at a price. The lowest
priced windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We urge you to visit Pella at the Charlotte area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 704-228-9149.