When purchasing windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of
choices, consider these facts:
- Windows can
impact the interior and exterior appearance of your
Long Island area home.
- Your window choice can make a drastic
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The material and
durability of your windows can have a significant
impact on the overall value of your Long Island area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for years to come.
What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Long Island home?
- What do they look
Don’t forget that you are going to view 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; 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? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and
afternoon? And remember to stand
outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the overall façade of your Long Island
- How much expected energy savings can I expect with these
windows? Learn the statistics
relating to your windows that relate to 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 your estimated energy savings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
- How will my new
windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to open and close your choice of
window before you buy it.
Is it easy to open and close the
window? Will the window be easy
to clean? Will 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 supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? 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 easy
is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Long Island 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 in order for you to easily clean your windows
and allow them to look great for many years to come.
- What color
and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Long Island home. Some window
companies offer limited exterior color to pick from. Determine what limitations are in place for the windows
you want. In addition, there
are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
- How much will you pay? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. 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 Long Island area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 516-331-0031.