When shopping for 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 appearance of your
Baltimore area home.
- The windows you pick 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 resale value of your Baltimore area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research 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 Baltimore home?
- What do they look
Consider the fact that you are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view
carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or
sliding) work with your home’s interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow
into the home? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the look of your Baltimore
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the facts
relating to your windows that impact their energy
Specifics 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 lower heating and cooling expenses and make the
most of your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to open and close any
window before you settle on one.
Can you open or shut the window easily? 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 emergency
in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
- Who will
install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with 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 Baltimore 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Baltimore home. Some window
companies offer few exterior color to pick from. Figure
out what restrictions 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 faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
- How much will you pay? The old saying “you get what you pay
for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy.
A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Baltimore area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 301-637-0762.