When it came time to replace some badly outtdated windows, I spent quite a bit of time doing online research, followed by face to face consults with window experts. Like most Sacramento neighborhoods, there is a constant round of low interest energy saving window advertising always going on. Most of this involves the cheapest windows in the industry, and not much else.
I knew from prior experience that both Pella and Viking offered some of the most energy efficient, best built windows out there. What I didn't know until I started my research, was that Pella had added Viking to their lineup. Talk about having the best of the best all in one place!
I need 6 new windows, the majority facing the front exposure on our home. Because we get intense heat from this area, we needed a highly energy efficient and UV protective window. After consulting directly with Pella by phone, I was directed to Lowes for the rest of the process. Since we didn't need
"new" window spaces, we went with the retrofit window designation. This is the one you must select for replacing existing windows.
Choosing was fairly straightforward. We wanted single hung windows with the inside grill option, the standard locking system, and the high energy solar glass. The Impervia fit the bill perfectly. Installation was fast-they were installed in less than 6 hours!
We now have a much more energy efficient and private living area. The windows are attractive, easy to clean and highly secure. You can buy less expensive windows, but since your home is an investment, why not get the best. It pays for itself again and again.