The debate between aesthetics and functionality crops up often when talking about replacement windows in Indiana. Whether you’re a builder or a homeowner hoping to sell in the future, you need to be mindful of both form and function as you select your new windows. Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself as you shop.
What Looks Great?
Usually, the paramount concern of homeowners and potential buyers is whether or not the windows look great, inside and out. High quality, aesthetically pleasing windows can provide a significant boost in curb appeal and market price of a home. Fortunately, once you decide on a style of window that you like, you usually have a range of options to choose from when it comes to functionality.
How Does This Window Make My Life Easier?
Replacement window can be credited with added functionality in a number of ways. Not only do they let in sunlight and fresh air, but they can also make keeping your home clean easier, and they can help cut your power bills. Don’t forget to count the safety features that will keep you and your home secure. You should be able to make a list of helpful features that a window has to offer, and if it won’t make your life easier, it should be off the list.
For several years now, we have seen a rise in the number of homes with vinyl windows. While these have largely been advertised as maintenance free, the truth is that vinyl windows do not hold up as well as Fibrex composite materials. Vinyl is still subject to changes in extreme temperature and relies on desiccant to keep moisture out from between the panes. When the weather changes, these systems can fail and leave you with cloudy or leaking windows forever.
How Often Will I Use This Window Feature?
A lot of times, homeowners are pressured into overbuying their replacement windows. Many companies offer flashy features or use complicated language to talk up their products. What you really need to be thinking about is whether or not those features will be used often or not at all. This will give you good guidelines for what type of functionality you want without going crazy.
Renewal by Andersen understands that the best replacement windows are at the intersection of aesthetics and functionality. Our windows feature the industry’s best technologies for energy efficiency and easy living while preserving the natural beauty of any Indiana home. We invite you to check out our full collection online or call today and schedule your free consultation. We can bring color samples and examples to get you thinking about form and function for your replacement window installation.