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Looking for New Windows in Your St. Paul, MN 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 obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior look and feel of your St. Paul area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a drastic difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the resale value of your St. Paul area house 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 appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.

What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your St. Paul home?

  • What do they look like? Remember that your family and guests 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 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 St. Paul home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Get the data 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 identify the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency ratings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you decide to purchase it. Can you open or shut the window easily? How much effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds or shades 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.
  • How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves an outside 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 St. Paul area changes 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 .
  • What choices do you have for color or hardware? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your St. Paul home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color options. Determine what color schemes 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 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 least expensive 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 St. Paul area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 651-213-9049.