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

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

When buying 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, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior appearance of your Rochester area home.
  2. The windows you pick can make a measureable difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a significant impact on the overall value of your Rochester area house if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to explore the style and function options available, you will be happy with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for many years.

What questions should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Rochester home?

  • What do they look like? Remember 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; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s current style? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow into the home? 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 fascia of your Rochester home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? Understand the data 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. Identify efficiency ratings before you purchase a window to help bring down heating and cooling costs and receive the most value for your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to test operating a window before you buy it. Is it easy to open and close the window? Will the window be easy to clean? Can 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? Installation of 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 Rochester 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 for an easier way of keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and adds to the overall appeal of your Rochester home. Some window companies offer limited 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.
  • How much does a quality window cost? Quality windows come at a price. The cheapest windows may not be your best buy. Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only factor.

We encourage you to visit Pella at the Rochester area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 507-847-1060.

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