When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior look and feel of your
El Paso area home.
- The windows you pick 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 El Paso 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 love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your El Paso home?
- How will my new windows look?
Consider the fact that you are going to look through 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 current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t forget to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the fascia of your El Paso
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Understand the statistics
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Specifics 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. Check ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling costs and maximize your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to test operating any
window before you settle on 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 blinds
or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or calls for
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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the El Paso 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 for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your El Paso home. Some window
companies offer a small
selection of exterior color options. Determine what color schemes 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 cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- 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 urge you to visit Pella at the El Paso area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 915-833-3066.