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Looking for New Windows in Your Kalamazoo, MI 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 most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of choices, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your Kalamazoo area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a measureable difference in your home’s energy bills.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the resale value of your Kalamazoo area house if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.

What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Kalamazoo home?

  • What do they look like? Remember that you are going to look through your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. Stand inside and study the view carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and afternoon? And remember to stand outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works with the fascia of your Kalamazoo home.
  • How energy efficient are the windows? Get the facts relating to your windows that relate to 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. Identify ratings of efficiency beforehand to help lower heating and cooling spending and make the most of your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to open and close your choice of window before you decide to purchase it. Does the window open and close smoothly? 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 exit from the home during emergency situations in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies 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 Kalamazoo 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 .
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Kalamazoo home. Some window companies offer a small selection of exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations 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 cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
  • How much will you pay? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to many products, and windows are no exception. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy. A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and performance.

We urge you to visit Pella at the Kalamazoo area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 269-215-4157.