When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, think about these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior appearance of your
Wellesley area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a significant
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 Wellesley area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for many years.
What items should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Wellesley home?
- What do they look
Remember that your
family and guests are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the architecture of your Wellesley
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the data
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 measure
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 lower heating and cooling costs and make the
most of your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try
out the functionally of your choice of
window before you choose one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? Will the window be easy
to clean? Does 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 provides an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? Installing your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or involves
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 Wellesley area varies often. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? The
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Wellesley home. Some window producers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Determine what limitations are in place for the windows
you are considering. Don’t
forget, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- What is the price? Quality
windows come at a price. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We invite you to visit Pella at the Wellesley area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 781-239-1161.