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 make this important decision, consider these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your
Muncie 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 healthy
impact on the long-term value of your Muncie area
residence 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 appreciate the pleasure of looking through your new windows for many years.
What questions should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Muncie home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Remember that you are going to view your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t forget to stand
outside from many viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the overall façade of your Muncie
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the data
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Specifics 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 expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try
out the functionally of your choice of
window before you buy it.
Does the window open and close smoothly? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? 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 emergency
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? The installation of your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or requires
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 Muncie 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 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
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Muncie home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. Don’t
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
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.
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 Muncie area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 317-983-5642.