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Looking for New Windows in Your Baltimore, MD 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. As you evaluate your options, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your Baltimore area home.
  2. The windows you pick can make a significant difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the resale value of your Baltimore 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 happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.

What items should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Baltimore home?

  • What do they look like? Consider the fact that you are going to see your replacement windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. 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 interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow into the home? And don’t neglect to stand outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the look of your Baltimore home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the facts relating to your windows that impact their energy efficiency. Specifics to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values identify the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare your estimated energy savings before you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling expenses and make the most of your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to open and close any 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 blinds or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency exit in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
  • Who will install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with 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 Baltimore area can be unpredictable. The appearance of your windows can be impacted negatively by wind, sun, rain and snow. 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Baltimore home. Some window companies offer few exterior color to pick from. Figure out what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Don’t forget, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and cabinetry.
  • How much will you pay? The old saying “you get what you pay for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy. A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and performance.

We encourage you to visit Pella at the Baltimore area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 301-637-0762.