When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, think about these facts:
- Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior character of your
San Antonio area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a significant
difference in your overall level of comfort and energy
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the long-term value of your San Antonio area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function options available, you will be pleased with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.
What areas should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your San Antonio home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Consider the fact that you are going to see 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? Can you reach the window in
order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And remember to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the look of your San Antonio
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Get the statistics
relating to your windows that influence 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
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you settle on one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds
or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? The installation of your windows is either added
into 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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the San Antonio area can
be unpredictable. Outdoor elements such as wind, rain and
snow can impact the appearance of your windows. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color options can reflect your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your San Antonio home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color choices. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows
you are considering. Don’t
forget, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
- What is the price? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The lowest
priced windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We urge you to visit Pella at the San Antonio area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (210) 622-8673.