When shopping for windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, consider these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your
Baton Rouge area home.
- Your window choice can make a measureable
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The quality of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the resale value of your Baton Rouge area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be pleased with your purchase and love the pleasure of looking through your new windows for decades.
What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Baton Rouge home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Remember that you 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; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the architecture of your Baton Rouge
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the facts
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Among the issues 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 your estimated energy savings before
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to test operating any
window before you choose one.
Can you open or shut the window easily? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? Will 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, confirm that it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either included 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 Baton Rouge area changes 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 color
and hardware options are available? The
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Baton Rouge home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color options. Determine what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. Also, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
much does a quality window cost? Quality
windows come at a price. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Baton Rouge area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (877) 680-9334.