Looking for New Windows in Your Victoria, B.C Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice
When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, think about these facts:
- Windows can impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your Victoria area home.
- The type of windows you select can make a drastic difference in your home’s energy bills.
- The construction of your windows can have a healthy impact on the long-term value of your Victoria area residence if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to review the style and function selections available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.
What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Victoria home?
- How will my new windows look? Remember that your family and guests are going to see your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening from inside and study the view carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through the window? And remember to stand outside from several different viewing positions to properly judge if the style of replacement window you are considering works with the architecture of your Victoria home.
- What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the facts relating to your windows that impact their energy efficiency. Items 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 beforehand to help bring down heating and cooling spending 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 your choice of window before you decide to purchase it. Does the window open and close smoothly? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Will the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or calls for 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 windows.
- Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Victoria area varies often. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Victoria home. Some window companies offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows you want. Also, 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? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to many products, and windows are no exception. The lowest priced windows may not be your best buy. A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and performance.
We urge you to visit Pella at the Victoria area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 250-475-1277.