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Looking for New Windows in Your Springfield, IL 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 obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can affect the interior and exterior appearance of your Springfield area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a drastic 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 Springfield 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 love the pleasure of looking through your new windows for many years.

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

  • What do they look like? Don’t forget that you 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; will the type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow into the home? And remember to stand outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the look of your Springfield home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Learn the data relating to your windows that influence their energy efficiency. Topics 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 your estimated energy savings before you purchase a window to help reduce heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close any window before you settle on one. Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy to clean? 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, be certain it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
  • Who will install the windows? Installation of your windows is either added into 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 Springfield area varies often. 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 for an easier way of keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Springfield home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Don’t forget, there are many window hardware options that should match with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinetry hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
  • How much will you pay? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to many products, and windows are no exception. 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Springfield area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 217-793-0550.