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

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When purchasing windows for your remodeling 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 Wilmington area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a drastic difference in your home’s energy bills.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a significant impact on the overall value of your Wilmington area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to research the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy 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 Wilmington home?

  • What do they look like? Consider the fact that your family and guests are going to look through your replacement windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Observe your current windows or opening from inside and study the view carefully; will the type of window and color fit with your home’s interior? Will you be able to easily open the window for cleaning? Can light flow into the home? And don’t forget to stand outside from many viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the fascia of your Wilmington home.
  • How energy efficient are the windows? Understand the facts relating to your windows that impact 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 grade 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 expenses and maximize your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing a new automobile, it is important to test operating a window before you settle on one. Does the window open and close smoothly? How much effort does it take to clean the window? Can the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
  • What is the installation process? Installation of your windows is either added into the overall purchase price or involves 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 Wilmington area changes 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 choices do you have for color or hardware? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Wilmington home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color options. Determine what color schemes are in place for the windows you are considering. Also, 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 does a quality window cost? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to many products, and windows are no exception. The least expensive 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 Wilmington area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 910-218-9596.