When buying 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 affect the interior and exterior appearance of your
Plattsburgh area home.
- Your window choice can make a positive
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the long-term value of your Plattsburgh 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 pleased with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.
What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Plattsburgh home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Consider the fact that your
family and guests are going to see your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening
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 don’t neglect to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the look of your Plattsburgh
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the facts
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Items 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. Identify ratings of efficiency as you conduct your research to help bring
down heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you buy it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy
to clean? Will 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, be certain it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Plattsburgh area changes often. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have
a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality
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 options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Plattsburgh home. Some window
companies offer few exterior color choices. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows
you are considering. Don’t
forget, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
much does a quality window cost? 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.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We invite you to visit Pella at the Plattsburgh area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 518-310-2118.