When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your
Calgary area home.
- The windows you pick can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The construction of your windows can have a positive cost
impact on the overall value of your Calgary area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function selections available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for decades.
What factors should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Calgary home?
- What do they look
Remember that you are going to see your replacement
windows most often from the
interior of your house, not standing 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? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And remember to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the fascia of your Calgary
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Understand the data
relating to your windows that relate to 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. Identify ratings of efficiency before
you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to open and close a
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 exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or requires
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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Calgary area can
be unpredictable. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have
a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality
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 adds
to the overall appeal of your Calgary home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color to pick from. Identify what color schemes are in place for the windows
you want. In addition, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
much does a quality window cost? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. 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 Calgary area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 403-681-6363.