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Looking for New Windows in Your Grand Rapids, MI Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you most likely 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 character of your Grand Rapids area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a measureable difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a significant impact on the resale value of your Grand Rapids area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to review the style and function choices available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for many years.

What questions should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Grand Rapids home?

  • Will my new windows look good on my house? Consider the fact that your family and guests are going to look through your replacement windows most often from the interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Stand 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 don’t forget to stand outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits with the fascia of your Grand Rapids 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. Identify ratings of efficiency before you purchase a window to help bring down heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you decide to purchase it. Can you open or shut the window easily? How much effort does it take to clean the window? Will 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 supplies an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installation of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or requires 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 Grand Rapids area can be unpredictable. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality 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 choices do you have for color or hardware? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Grand Rapids home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color to pick from. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows you want. Also, that latches and handles complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinetry hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
  • How much does a quality window cost? Quality windows come at a price. The lowest priced windows may not be your best buy. Windows are an investment in your property. The type of window you select should be based more on performance than on price.

We urge you to visit Pella at the Grand Rapids area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 616-201-0206.