When shopping for windows for your restoration or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Monroe area home.
- The windows you pick can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Monroe area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.
What questions should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Monroe home?
- What do they look
Don’t forget that you’re going to view your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the architecture of your Monroe
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get 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 grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check ratings of efficiency as you conduct your research to help reduce 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 try
out the functionally of your choice of
window before you buy it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Will the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window treatments undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either added
into 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Monroe area can
be unpredictable. Outdoor elements such as wind, rain and
snow can impact the appearance of your windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Monroe home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color to pick from. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows
you want. Also, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- 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.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Monroe area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 203-295-4486.