When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, think about these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior appearance of your
Annapolis area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Annapolis area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function selections available, you will be pleased with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Annapolis 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
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening
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? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t forget to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the look of your Annapolis
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Items 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. Compare your estimated energy savings before
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending 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 your choice of
window before you choose one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds
or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or requires
an outside 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Annapolis area can
be unpredictable. 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 .
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Annapolis home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color options. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
- What is the price? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The cheapest 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 Annapolis area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 240-293-1068.