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 look and feel of your
Des Moines area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a significant
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Des Moines 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 delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.
What areas should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Des Moines home?
- What do they look
Don’t forget that your
family and guests are going to see your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? 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 Des Moines
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the facts
relating to your windows that relate to 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 as you conduct your research to help reduce heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you choose one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you 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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Des Moines area varies often. 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? Color options can reflect your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Des Moines home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Figure
out what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, 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
- What is the price? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The least expensive 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Des Moines area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 515-219-7723.