When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, consider these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Nashville area home.
- Your window choice can make a significant
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The quality of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the long-term value of your Nashville area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function choices available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What items should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Nashville home?
- What do they look
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. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t forget to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the overall façade of your Nashville
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the data
relating to your windows that impact 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 as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling costs and make the
most of 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.
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 an emergency
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? The installation of your windows is either included 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 Nashville 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 options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Nashville home. Some window producers offer a small
selection of exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
much does a quality window cost? Quality
windows come at a price. 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 Nashville area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 615-348-8786.