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Looking for New Windows in Your Asheville, NC Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When purchasing windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of choices, think about these facts:

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

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

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

  • Will my new windows look good on my house? Don’t forget that you are going to view 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? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through the window? And don’t forget to stand outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the architecture of your Asheville home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the data relating to your windows that relate to their energy efficiency. Specifics 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. Check efficiency ratings before you purchase a window to help bring down heating and cooling costs 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 choose one. Does the window open and close smoothly? 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, make sure it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
  • What is the installation process? 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 easy is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Asheville area varies often. 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 color and hardware options are available? The color you select can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Asheville home. Some manufacturers offer a small selection of exterior color choices. Figure out what limitations 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 cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
  • What is the price? 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. Windows are an investment in your property. The type of window you select should be based more on performance than on price.

We encourage you to visit Pella at the Asheville area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 828-202-8673.