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Looking for New Windows in Your Hunt Valley, MD Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When shopping for 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 make this important decision, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior look and feel of your Hunt Valley area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a significant difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a healthy impact on the overall value of your Hunt Valley area home if or when you decide to sell.

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

What items should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Hunt Valley home?

  • What do they look like? Don’t forget that you’re going to look through 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? Can light flow into the home? And don’t neglect to stand outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the overall façade of your Hunt Valley home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Understand the facts relating to your windows that influence 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 your estimated energy savings before you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to open and close any window before you decide to purchase it. Can you open or shut the window easily? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Does 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 offers an adequately-sized opening.
  • Who will install the windows? Installing your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or involves 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.
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Hunt Valley 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 in order for you to easily clean your windows and allow them to look great for many years to come.
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Hunt Valley home. Some window producers offer limited exterior color options. Figure out what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Also, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
  • How much does a quality window cost? 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Hunt Valley area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 301-354-3633.