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

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When buying 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, think about these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your Charlotte area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a drastic difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a significant impact on the overall value of your Charlotte area house if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to explore the style and function selections available, you will be pleased with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.

What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Charlotte home?

  • How will my new windows look? Consider the fact that you’re going to look through your replacement windows most often from the interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or sliding) work with your home’s current style? Will you be able to easily open the window for cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and afternoon? And remember to stand outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the fascia of your Charlotte home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Get the facts relating to your windows that influence their energy efficiency. Among the issues to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values measure the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Check your estimated energy savings before you purchase a window to help bring down heating and cooling costs and make the most of your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you choose one. Is it easy to open and close the window? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Can the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency exit in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or involves a third-party 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 Charlotte area varies often. 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 for an easier way of keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Charlotte home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color choices. Figure out what limitations are in place for the windows you may purchase. Also, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
  • How much does a quality window cost? Quality windows come at a price. The lowest priced windows may not be your best buy. Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only factor.

We urge you to visit Pella at the Charlotte area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 704-228-9149.