When buying 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 affect the interior and exterior character of your
Southern Pines area home.
- Your window choice can make a drastic
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the long-term value of your Southern Pines area
house 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 appreciate the pleasure of looking through your new windows for years to come.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Southern Pines home?
- How will my new windows look?
Don’t forget that your
family and guests are going to view your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening
from inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? 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 overall façade of your Southern Pines
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Get the facts
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 identify
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Identify efficiency
ratings beforehand to help lower heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating a
window before you choose one.
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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? The installation of your windows is either blended 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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Southern Pines area changes often. 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 .
- What is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Southern Pines home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Identify 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 cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
much does a quality window cost? Quality
windows come at a price. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We urge you to visit Pella at the Southern Pines area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 910-444-0729.