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 make this important decision, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Fall River area home.
- The windows you pick can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a significant
impact on the resale value of your Fall River area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function choices available, you will be pleased with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.
What factors should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Fall River home?
- What do they look
Consider the fact that you’re going to view your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s current
style? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow
into the home? And remember to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the look of your Fall River
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Get the facts
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Topics 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 as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to test operating a
window before you settle on one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? 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, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? The 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Fall River 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 in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Fall River home. Some window
companies offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you are considering. 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
- How much will you pay? 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.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We urge you to visit Pella at the Fall River area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 508-939-3464.