When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior character of your
Bedford area home.
- The windows you pick can make a positive
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Bedford 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 delighted with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.
What questions should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Bedford home?
- What do they look
Consider the fact that your
family and guests 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 interior? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the architecture of your Bedford
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Get the statistics
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 grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare your estimated energy savings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close any
window before you decide to purchase it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? 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 exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? The installation of your windows is either included with 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Bedford area can
be unpredictable. 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 for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What color
and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Bedford home. Some window
companies offer limited exterior color choices. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Don’t
forget, 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.
- What is the price? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The lowest
priced 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 Bedford area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 603-228-3352.