When shopping for windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Decatur area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your Decatur 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 happy with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Decatur home?
- What do they look
Remember that you are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And remember to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the architecture of your Decatur
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the data
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Specifics to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values identify
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Identify your estimated energy savings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and make the
most of your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating any
window before you buy it.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? 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, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? The installation of your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or requires
an outside 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 Decatur 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 color
and hardware options are available? The
color you select can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Decatur home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Figure
out what color schemes are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- How much will you pay? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The lowest
priced 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 Decatur area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 217-423-7722.