When buying windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior look and feel of your
St. Paul area home.
- Your window choice can make a drastic
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The quality of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your St. Paul 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 gazing through your new windows for many years.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your St. Paul home?
- What do they look
Remember that your
family and guests are going to view your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing 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 interior? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t forget to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the fascia of your St. Paul
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Get the data
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Among the issues 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. Compare efficiency
ratings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you decide to purchase it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds
or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the St. Paul area changes often. 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 increases the overall appeal of your St. Paul home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color options. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows
you want. Also, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
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 least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We invite you to visit Pella at the St. Paul area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 651-213-9049.