Buying windows is a big commitment, and many people only do it once in their time as a homeowner. Asking yourself the right questions can help you make smart decisions as you go through the process of selecting a window and picking a contractor. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Which Type of Windows Are Available?
Windows come in different types, and each type of window functions differently. Some of the most popular types of windows include:
- Single-hung windows: These have an upper sash that stays in place and a lower sash that can move up and down.
- Double-hung windows: Double-hung windows have an upper sash and lower sash that can move up and down.
- Casement windows: This kind of window has a turn crank and opens with a side hinge, like a door.
- Bow windows: These curve outward and create a wide sill where someone can sit.
- Bay windows: This kind of window also protrudes outward and features a central window and two side windows.
- Awning windows: Awning windows are hinged from the top and open outward from the bottom.
- Fixed windows: They do not usually have a sash and mainly let in light and provide views.
- Sliding windows: Sliding windows function just as their name implies — their sashes move side to side.
The type of windows you choose for your home should depend on your aesthetic preferences, the age of your home, and your budget. Additional considerations might include the location or purpose of the window.
To decide what kind of windows you want, visit a Pella showroom to see the different types of windows in person. Open and shut the windows to see how the functionality appeals to you. Get a quote and see if what you like is in your budget. Our window experts will be able to make suggestions to fit your needs.
2. Should I Buy Single-, Dual- or Triple-Pane Windows?
At one time, single-pane windows were standard in homes. However, modern windows now tend to have more than one pane of glass because additional panes provide better energy efficiency and sound control. When the time comes to buy windows for yourself, you’ll have to decide if you want single-, dual-, or triple-pane windows.
Professionals do not often recommend single-pane windows. They cost less, but they’re far less energy-efficient and they deliver less value when the time comes to sell your home.
Dual-pane windows are typical because they’re less expensive than triple-pane windows and more energy-efficient than single-pane windows. Triple-pane windows offer exceptional energy efficiency and better sound control but will require a larger budget. Talk to our window experts to weigh the pros and cons of dual- and triple-pane windows for your home.
3. Do I Want a Window Coating?
Coatings help homeowners get more value out of their windows. Some of the most common window coatings include Low-E coating and window tinting. Both help control the temperature of the home on the inside. Both can also prevent the upholstery and flooring from fading in the sunlight.
A window tint will make your home look darker on the inside, while a Low-E coating will not. Our team can help you decide which window coating is best for your home.
4. Who Should I Hire?
Hiring the right contractor can have a huge impact on the success of your window installation project. Get referrals from people you know who have had windows installed in their home. If you don’t know anyone who has installed windows in your community, meet with a few window installers, such as Pella, in your area and ask them questions such as:
- When can you start?
- What kind of windows would you recommend for my home?
- Do you have any certifications or licenses that make you uniquely qualified?
- How long have you been in business?
When you’ve found a contractor who you’re especially interested in hiring, ask for references. A good contractor will be able to give you at least two or three references from satisfied customers.
Pella has a team of qualified Certified Contractors and installers who can provide the best results for your home. Our team consists of architects, general contractors, property owners, and facility managers. Whether you need help planning your window locations or have questions about pricing, our Certified Contractors can help.
For more information about how you can pick the right windows for your home, contact Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the window buying process.