When buying windows for your restoration 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 look and feel of your
Hingham area home.
- The windows you pick can make a drastic
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the resale value of your Hingham area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to investigate the style and function selections available, you will be delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What questions should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Hingham home?
- Will my new windows look good on my house?
Remember that you’re going to see your replacement
windows most often from in the home, not
outside of it. Picture things in your mind from 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? Can light flow
into the home? And remember to stand
outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering works
with the fascia of your Hingham
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Get the facts
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Topics 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 ratings of efficiency beforehand to help lower heating and cooling costs and maximize your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to try
out the functionally of a
window before you choose one.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? 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 an emergency
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installation
of your windows is either added
into 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
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new
windows? The weather in the Hingham area varies often. 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 .
- What color
and hardware options are available? The
color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Hingham home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color choices. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you are considering. In addition, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
much does a quality window cost? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The least expensive 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 Hingham area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 781-826-8005.