When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, consider these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior appearance of your
Boston area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a positive
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The quality of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the long-term value of your Boston area
house 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 appreciate the pleasure of looking through your new windows for decades.
What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Boston home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Don’t forget 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 interior? 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 many viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the architecture of your Boston
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the statistics
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Items to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check efficiency
ratings as you conduct your research to help reduce heating and cooling costs and make the
most of your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating a
window before you decide to purchase it.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? Can 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 supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Boston area can
be unpredictable. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Boston home. Some window producers offer few exterior color to pick from. Figure
out what limitations are in place for the windows
you are considering. Also, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
much does a quality window cost? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The least expensive 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 urge you to visit Pella at the Boston area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 617-712-2342.