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
impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Santa Fe area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The construction of your windows can have a healthy
impact on the overall value of your Santa Fe area
house if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be pleased with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Santa Fe home?
- How will my new windows look?
Don’t forget that your
family and guests are going to look through 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 interior? 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 don’t forget to stand
outside from many viewing positions to properly
judge if the style of replacement window you are considering complements
with the architecture of your Santa Fe
- What is the energy
efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the data
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. Check your estimated energy savings beforehand to help lower heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
- Is it
convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to open and close any
window before you settle on one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? How much
effort does it take to clean the window? 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 exit from the home during emergency situations
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves
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
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Santa Fe 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 choices do you have for color or
hardware? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Santa Fe home. Some window
companies offer limited exterior color to pick from. Figure
out what color schemes are in place for the windows
you want. Don’t
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and
much does a quality window cost? Quality
windows come at a price. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Santa Fe area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 505-373-1286.