When buying windows for your restoration or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, ponder these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Kalamazoo area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your Kalamazoo area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Kalamazoo home?
- What do they look
Remember that you are going to look through your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And remember to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the fascia of your Kalamazoo
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the facts
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 measure
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Identify ratings of efficiency beforehand to help lower heating and cooling spending and make the
most of your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you decide to purchase it.
Does the window open and close smoothly? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Will 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, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or calls for
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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Kalamazoo 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 .
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Kalamazoo home. Some window
companies offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. Also, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
- How much will you pay? 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 urge you to visit Pella at the Kalamazoo area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 269-215-4157.