When shopping for windows for your restoration or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior character of your
Memphis area home.
- The windows you pick can make a positive
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the long-term value of your Memphis 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 pleased with your purchase and love the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Memphis home?
- How will my new windows look?
Don’t forget 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. Stand 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? 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 fits
with the look of your Memphis
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the data
relating to your windows that relate to 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. Compare efficiency
ratings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of your choice of
window before you choose one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? Will the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves
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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Memphis 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? The
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Memphis home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color choices. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Don’t
forget, 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 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Memphis area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 901-401-9399.