When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, ponder these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your
Roanoke area home.
- The windows you pick can make a significant
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 Roanoke area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.
What items should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Roanoke home?
- What do they look
Remember that you’re going to view your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening
from inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the overall façade of your Roanoke
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the facts
relating to your windows that influence their energy
Specifics 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. Compare ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling costs and make the
most of your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try
out the functionally of any
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 emergency
in case of fire, make sure 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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Roanoke area can
be unpredictable. Outdoor elements such as wind, rain and
snow can impact the appearance of your windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Roanoke home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Figure
out what color schemes are in place for the windows
you are considering. Don’t
forget, 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 cheapest 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 Roanoke area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 540-466-1918.