When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, consider these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior appearance of your
Rochester area home.
- The windows you pick can make a measureable
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The quality of your windows can have a significant
impact on the overall value of your Rochester area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.
What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Rochester home?
- What do they look
Remember that you are going to look through 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 current
style? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t forget to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the fascia of your Rochester
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the data
relating to your windows that influence 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. Identify efficiency
you purchase a window to help bring
down heating and cooling costs and receive the most value for your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating a
window before you buy it.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? Can 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, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves
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
- How easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Rochester area can
be unpredictable. 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 for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What color
and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Rochester home. Some window
companies offer limited exterior color choices. Figure
out what limitations are in place for the windows
you may purchase. Don’t
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware 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 cheapest 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 Rochester area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 507-847-1060.