When purchasing windows for your remodeling 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 look and feel of your
Minneapolis area home.
- The windows you pick can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The construction of your windows can have a significant
impact on the long-term value of your Minneapolis 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 happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.
What questions should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Minneapolis home?
- How will my new windows look?
Consider the fact that you’re going to look through 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; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the look of your Minneapolis
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Understand the data
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Items 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. Identify ratings of efficiency as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to try
out the functionally of any
window before you choose one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Will 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, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? The installation of your windows is either blended with 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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Minneapolis 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 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 enhances the overall appeal of your Minneapolis home. Some window
companies offer few exterior color options. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. Also, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
much does a quality window cost? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The lowest
priced 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 urge you to visit Pella at the Minneapolis area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 612-249-7371.