When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, think about these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your
Lethbridge area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a significant
impact on the resale value of your Lethbridge area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What questions should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Lethbridge home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Remember that you’re going to view your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the architecture of your Lethbridge
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the facts
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Specifics 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. Check ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to test operating any
window before you choose one.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy
to clean? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? The installation of your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or requires
a third-party 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 Lethbridge 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 .
- What color
and hardware options are available? The
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Lethbridge home. Some window
companies offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Also, 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
much does a quality window cost? 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Lethbridge area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 403-328-2517.