When buying 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
impact the interior and exterior character of your
Albuquerque area home.
- Your window choice can make a positive
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The quality of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Albuquerque area
residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function choices available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.
What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Albuquerque home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Remember that your
family and guests are going to look through your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; will the
type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? 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 evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the look of your Albuquerque
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? 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 efficiency
ratings as you conduct your research 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 a new automobile, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you buy it.
Does the window open and close smoothly? Will the window be easy
to clean? Will the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? Installing your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or requires
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 Albuquerque 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 choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color options can reflect your style and adds
to the overall appeal of your Albuquerque home. Some window producers offer a small
selection of exterior color options. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows
you want. In addition, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
- What is the price? Quality
windows come at a price. The lowest
priced 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Albuquerque area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 505-373-1296.