When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, consider these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Northern Virginia area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a significant
impact on the long-term value of your Northern Virginia area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What areas should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Northern Virginia home?
- What do they look
Don’t forget that you are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s current
style? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And remember to stand
outside from many viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the look of your Northern Virginia
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the statistics
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Among the issues 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. Compare efficiency
ratings as you conduct your research to help reduce heating and cooling costs and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to open and close any
window before you settle on one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or requires
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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Northern Virginia area changes 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 Northern Virginia home. Some window
companies offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations 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 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 least expensive 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 Northern Virginia area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 571-292-3519.