When buying windows for your home improvement 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
impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Albany area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a drastic
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Albany area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for years to come.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Albany home?
- How will my new windows look?
Don’t forget that you’re going to look through 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 interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the look of your Albany
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Understand the data
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 grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check your estimated energy savings beforehand to help bring
down heating and cooling expenses 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 your choice of
window before you buy it.
Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy
to clean? Will 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 offers an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? The installation of 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Albany 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Albany home. Some manufacturers offer a small
selection of exterior color choices. Figure
out what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Also, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- How much will you pay? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We urge you to visit Pella at the Albany area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 518-414-5302.