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Looking for New Windows in Your Raleigh, North Carolina Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When shopping for windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of choices, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior appearance of your Raleigh area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a measureable difference in your home’s energy bills.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the resale value of your Raleigh area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to research the style and function choices available, you will be delighted with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.

What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Raleigh home?

  • How will my new windows look? Consider the fact that you’re going to see your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. 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 interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow into the home? And remember to stand outside from several different viewing positions to properly judge if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the overall façade of your Raleigh home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the statistics relating to your windows that relate to their energy efficiency. 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. Compare efficiency ratings as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close your choice of window before you settle on one. Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy to clean? Can the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency exit in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either added into the overall purchase price or calls for an independent 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 windows.
  • How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Raleigh area can be unpredictable. 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 choices do you have for color or hardware? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Raleigh home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. In addition, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and cabinetry.
  • What is the price? Quality windows come at a price. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy. Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only factor.

We encourage you to visit Pella at the Raleigh area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 919-324-0196.