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
Washington DC area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a positive
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a significant
impact on the long-term value of your Washington DC area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function selections available, you will be pleased with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.
What factors should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Washington DC home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Consider the fact that you’re going to see 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; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s interior? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t forget to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the look of your Washington DC
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Among the issues 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. Compare ratings of efficiency as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling costs and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either included with 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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Washington DC area changes 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 color
and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Washington DC home. Some window producers offer a small
selection of exterior color options. Determine what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. In addition, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
- What is the price? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The cheapest 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 encourage you to visit Pella at the Washington DC area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (202) 810-6799.