When buying windows for your restoration or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Lafayette area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Lafayette area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of looking through your new windows for years to come.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Lafayette home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Consider the fact that your
family and guests are going to view 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; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work 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 many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the fascia of your Lafayette
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Topics 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. Identify efficiency
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending and make the
most of your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you decide to purchase it.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? 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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or requires
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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Lafayette area can
be unpredictable. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have
a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality
windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles .
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Lafayette home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Don’t
forget, there are many window hardware options that should match 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 encourage you to visit Pella at the Lafayette area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 317-983-5804.