When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior appearance of your
South Burlington area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a drastic
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your South Burlington area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What factors should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your South Burlington home?
- How will my new windows look?
Don’t forget 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. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And remember to stand
outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the overall façade of your South Burlington
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the data
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Among the issues 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 efficiency
ratings as you conduct your research to help reduce heating and cooling costs and maximize your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating your choice of
window before you decide to purchase 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or involves
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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the South Burlington area varies often. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your South Burlington home. Some window producers offer few exterior color options. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows
you want. Don’t
forget, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
- What is the price? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We encourage you to visit Pella at the South Burlington area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (802) 557-0429.