Who would have thought that something like windows could be so darn complicated?
I guess I assumed we would choose white vinyl windows when we build – vinyl windows are easy to clean, are okay to me in the looks department, and are typically pretty affordable. They also have a pretty good lifespan – many are even warrantied as long as you own the house.
But then we actually started looking at windows.
And the plan changed.
After shopping around, seeing dozens of window types, and getting several quotes, we’ve decided on Pella aluminum-clad wood windows (this means they are aluminum on the outside and painted wood on the interior).
(This post is totally not sponsored, by the way. Pella has no idea who we are.)
We also received quotes from other brands – Anderson and Marvin – but liked the Pella the best.
Not only because they are based in our neck of the woods (Iowa), but also because their windows rate well in reviews and look great. They are energy efficient and the price was also very affordable for us. And our local contact is amazing – super knowledgable and honest about windows.
Now for why we are planning on using aluminum clad windows:
To us, aluminum-clad wood windows have a more traditional, classic look. The wood interiors are perfect for the farmhouse feel we are going for.
The windows also have an option to add simulated-divided light grills. This means that the windows appear to have smaller panes of glass – like old windows would have.
As soon as we saw them, we fell in love with the traditional look. I wish I would have thought to bring my camera and take a quick photo. Maybe I still will.
It will mean that we will have to clean around the grills. But, who really cleans windows anyway? 😉
With aluminum clad windows, you can choose a different color on the outside of the house. This is a purely aesthetic concern, but I have my heart set on black exterior windows – but not on the inside.
The black exterior windows are just so dang sexy.
Am I right?
Ryan and I both felt good about the longevity of aluminum clad windows. The wood interiors mean that knicks or scuffs can easily be fixed and paint touched up. And Ryan’s parents put in similar windows 30 years ago and they are still going strong.
So that’s a little about our decision making process with windows.
In the end, the cost is a bit of a difference – for the entire house, we’re looking at about $3,000 more than mid-grade vinyl windows. We know that we do have to be conscious of upgrades and not do it when making every single house decision.
But, we both feel comfortable with spending a little more for windows – which isn’t a decision that we want to regret later.
Along with windows, we’ve also been staying busy getting all the first steps in order –
- Choosing the right concrete/foundation people. (Almost there.)
- Choosing the right lumberyard and nailing down the supplies. (Done.)
- Choosing windows and doors. (Done.)
- Hiring a geothermal company. (Almost there.)
So that’s a little update on the build progress.