When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior character of your
Traverse City area home.
- Your window choice 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 resale value of your Traverse City area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and love the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.
What areas should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Traverse City home?
- How will my new windows look?
Consider the fact that your
family and guests are going to view your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s current
style? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t forget to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the fascia of your Traverse City
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that impact 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 spending and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to test operating a
window before you decide to purchase it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or calls for
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 Traverse City 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 Traverse City home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color choices. Figure
out what color schemes 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 old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The lowest
priced 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 Traverse City area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 231-538-2175.