When purchasing windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, consider these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your
Indianapolis area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a drastic
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Indianapolis area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function selections available, you will be delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.
What items should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Indianapolis home?
- What do they look
Remember that you’re going to see your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. 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 interior? 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 many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the overall façade of your Indianapolis
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Items 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. Compare efficiency
ratings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling spending and make the
most of your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you buy it.
Does the window open and close smoothly? 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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either added
into the overall purchase price or requires
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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Indianapolis area varies often. The appearance of your windows can be impacted negatively by wind, sun,
rain and snow. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Indianapolis home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color choices. 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
- What is the price? Quality
windows come at a price. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We invite you to visit Pella at the Indianapolis area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 317-872-9927.